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Phoenix Chapter of the North American Butterfly Association.

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Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area

Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area 44000 N. Spur Cross Road Cave Creek, AZ 85331 (mailing address) Ph: 480-488-6601 spurcrossranch@mail.maricopa.gov

The newest addition to Maricopa Countys Regional Parks System, the conservation area encompasses 2,154 acres of diverse, rugged upper Sonoran Desert. The north Valley location contains fascinating archaeology sites and lush riparian areas along Cave Creek, which flows throughout the winter months. Remnants of early mining and ranching, from which the park gets its name, are still apparent in the park. March is probably the best time of the year to visit, as the temperatures are nice, the creek is flowing and the seeps in the side canyon attract an array of butterflies. About 30 species in a few hours is not uncommon. A specialty found here is Wright’s Metalmark (pictured) attracted by Sweet Bush.

To reach this area, drive north on I-17 toward Flagstaff. At Exit 223, Carefree Road, head east about 10 miles to Cave Creek Road. Turn left and drive 2.5 miles to Spur Cross Road, make a left. Spur Cross dead-ends at Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area.

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