FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Those seeking cool air, beautiful aspens, a ton of wildlife and a bit of history can head to the Lamar Haines Memorial Wildlife Area.
This 1.5 mile loop hike is rated one of the best small hikes in Arizona by Google. It is also rated as an easy kid-friendly hike.
The hike begins at a gate 4.5 miles up Snowbowl Road with parking on the right. It's hard to miss the trailhead thanks to a gate leading to it. Going clockwise, hikers follow an old jeep road that parallels Snowbowl Road before coming to a lush dark forest filled with aspens, ponderosa pine and fir trees.
The trail leads to Ludwig Veit's cabin, or what's left of it. The cabin was built in 1892. The trail also includes a plaque commemorating Haines as he was a preservationist and an educator in Flagstaff.
Pictographs are found on the rocks in the area. Two springs in a small meadow are the main enticement for songbirds and other wildlife. Elk and deer are common in this area.
Squirrels, lizards and woodpeckers are also steady visitors. Western tanagers, Stellar's bluejays, red-breasted and white-breasted nuthatches are among the flying friends.
The site is part of the Coconino National Forest. The wildlife area is managed by Arizona Game and Fish. For more information, call (928) 774-5045 or visit www.azgfd.gov.
Directions from Flagstaff: Go north on Highway 180 to Snowbowl Road. Go up Snowbowl Road 4.5 miles and park on the right.
Resource: Arizona Wildlife Viewing Guide by Adventure Publications.