Clifton’s unique setting in a canyon surrounding a year-round river provides prime habitat for a wide variety of birds. From northern cardinals and red-tailed hawks to cliff wrens and great blue herons, Clifton is one of the finest areas for seeing a surprising diversity of our feathered friends.
And now, with a series of three beautiful and easy-to-access riverside nature trails, seeing Clifton’s birds is better than ever. Check out the Greenlee County Birding website for maps, brochures and a list of what you can expect to see when you head out on the trails.
When it comes to birding, Clifton is the place to be!
The beautiful bighorn sheep frequently are found throughout the Town of Clifton.
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The 160-mile-long San Francisco River originates in Arizona’s White Mountains and flows east into New Mexico, flowing through the remote San Francisco Box Canyon. It continues south along the Arizona and New Mexico border until it makes a 90-degree turn back into Arizona, just south of the San Francisco Hot Springs. It is then joined by the Blue River and flows past the copper mining town of Clifton. The San Francisco continues southwest and joins the Gila River in the Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area, a 23,000-acre preserve that protects unique habitat and wildlife.
Just a smidge over the town line is access to a steep hike that leads to a breath taking view of Clifton and the surrounding mountains and cliffs. Replica dog tags have been hung by friends and relatives of those who served on wire cables, symbolizing close to 2000 veterans from all branches of the military. Along the hike you will come across plaques to remember those service men and women from Greenlee County who were killed in action or are missing in action. The Memorial was built and is maintained by veterans and community members in hopes that the Memorial is found to be a place of reflection and healing. We can thank a Veteran for the idea of this beautiful Memorial.
View of Clifton from Mares Bluff