Bettys Kitchen Interpretive Trail

Yuma, Arizona

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4 Reviews
3 out of 5
An easy, very short but informative nature trail. The Bettys Kitchen area is named after a small cafe that once stood here. This short loop walk following an old access road through a woodland of tamarisk, Fremont cottonwood, willow, screwbean and honey mesquite, and palo verde offers outstanding birdwatching. Common shorebirds include killdeer and spotted sandpiper. In the winter, look for mallards and cinnamon teal. Anglers try their luck for bluegill, largemouth bass, carp, flathead and channel catfish, and tilapia.

Bettys Kitchen Interpretive Trail Professional Review and Guide

"An easy, very short but informative nature trail. The Bettys Kitchen area is named after a small cafe that once stood here. This short loop walk following an old access road through a woodland of tamarisk, Fremont cottonwood, willow, screwbean and honey mesquite, and palo verde offers outstanding birdwatching.

Common shorebirds include killdeer and spotted sandpiper. In the winter, look for mallards and cinnamon teal. Anglers try their luck for bluegill, largemouth bass, carp, flathead and channel catfish, and tilapia."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Yuma
Distance: 0.5
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day hike
Season: Best October to April
Local Contacts: Yuma Field Office BLM
Local Maps: USGS Laguna Dam
Driving Directions: Directions to Bettys Kitchen Interpretive Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

2/8/2008
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We walked the half mile and unfortunately did not see or hear any wildlife. There were signs describing some trees and potential animal life. Some signs were so damaged they were not readable. In the parking area there were instructions to pay the $10.00 entrance fee. A rather steep price for a quick half mile loop!


1/18/2008
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This trail is a short, pleasant walk through nature and history. Rating would be 'very easy'. Frequent trail-side markers provide a good overview of the history of early Europeans in the area as well as very good descriptions of the flora and fauna. Regrettably, deterioration of signs and landscaping is evident -- budget cuts and/or neglect?


4/10/2007
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A flat short loop through the bushes/trees, but you don't have to stay within the confines of this trail you can continue around the planted fields nearby or walk toward Mittry Lake (as another review said) and hike up the back of Mittry. Betty's Kitchen offers picnic tables and an area for relaxation in a dry, dry desert. It is true that you are supposed to pay for parking and this is in fact checked and patrolled by forest rangers or sheriffs (incredible really).


12/1/2006
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Short, well-marked trail, great for bird watching if you take your time. One can see both waterfowl and unusual southwestern birds here. This site had residential homes on it until severe floods wiped them out in 1983. After that it reverted to the wild and one would never know it was ever anything but wild. Nearby is Lake Mittry which is an anachronism in this desert country, but lovely. Fish here or birdwatch for waterfowl.



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