Squaw Lake Nature Trail

Yuma, Arizona

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A short nature trail to Squaw Lake. Like Betty’s Kitchen Trail, this is a favorite area with birders, especially in the winter and the spring. More than 200 species have been recorded in the area. Some of the summer residents include summer tanagers, southwestern willow flycatchers, vermilion flycatchers, and yellow-billed cuckoos. Frequent migrants include Townsend’s and black-throated gray warblers, western tanagers, and Lazuli buntings. The lake attracts mallards, northern pintails, and common mergansers. The endangered Yuma clapper rail may nest here too.
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Hiking Arizona

by Stewart Aitchison & Bruce Grubbs (Falcon Guides)

A short nature trail to Squaw Lake. Like Betty’s Kitchen Trail, this is a favorite area with birders, especially in the winter and the spring. More than 200 species have been recorded in the area.

Some of the summer residents include summer tanagers, southwestern willow flycatchers, vermilion flycatchers, and yellow-billed cuckoos. Frequent migrants include Townsend’s and black-throated gray warblers, western tanagers, and Lazuli buntings. The lake attracts mallards, northern pintails, and common mergansers. The endangered Yuma clapper rail may nest here too.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Yuma
Distance: 2
Elevation Gain: 140 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day hike
Season: Best October to April
Trailhead Elevation: 200 feet
Top Elevation: 340 feet
Local Contacts: Yuma Field Office BLM
Local Maps: USGS Imperial Reservoir
Topo Map: Squaw Lake Nature Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: Hiking Arizona Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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1/12/2006

We never did find the dtrail head, followed instructions, singage is not good but ended up at Squaw Lake...checked several campground hosts and no luck...At the end of Squaw Lake road is a day use area with parking and 7 mile trail around Squaw Lake. This turned out to be a good alternative.

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