Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area Campground, Arizona

Settling in for a few days boondocking at Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area. Looking forward to watching the sandhill cranes and other birds that cross our path.


Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area Campground, all sites are boondocking -- no water, no dump station available, vault toilets, 4 sites with picnic tables (there's room for a few additional RVs), 4,072 ft elevation. Feb 8th - 10th.
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The camping area was pretty basic, with four sites with picnic tables and room for additional RVs. There was a vault toilet that served both the campers and day-use people and was surprisingly clean. The biggest drawback was that the day-use folks had to drive through the camping area. A lot of dust was stirred up, especially by those driving fast because they were in a hurry to see the birdies.

This place was fascinating and definitely worth the visit. There about 30,000 cranes wintering here, along with an assortment of waterfowl and other birds. Very early each morning, the cranes noisily leave in large groups looking for food and return in the afternoon after feeding. In the evening, they move into the water away from the coyotes to roost for the night.

Located in the southeastern corner of Arizona, the Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area is a paradise for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. This 1,500-acre sanctuary is famous for its amazing birdwatching, especially in winter when more than 20,000 sandhill cranes gather here.

Whitewater Draw stands out not only for its abundant wildlife but also for its free overnight camping options for RVs and campers. There's a designated camping area just a short distance from the main trails where you can park your vehicle and spend the night. Campers appreciate the tranquility of the surroundings and the opportunity to see the cranes take off and land during sunrise and sunset.

Aside from the cranes, Whitewater Draw is also home to various bird species, such as waterfowl, as well as other animals like coyotes and deer. You can immerse yourself in nature by exploring the hiking trails and admiring the breathtaking views.

If you're looking for a one-of-a-kind camping experience that's both budget-friendly and teeming with wildlife, make sure to visit Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area. Its free overnight accommodations and unmatched birdwatching make it a top choice for RV enthusiasts and nature aficionados alike.

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