Interpretive signs found at pull-outs along Lake Mary Road near Upper and Lower Lake Mary tell of the wildlife that inhabit these lakes and the surrounding area. Visitors will also learn about the importance of these wetlands for local wildlife throughout the year.
What You'll See
Wildlife viewers may find along this route bald eagles, osprey, abundant waterfowl, elk, deer, and pronghorn. There are day use sites available at both lakes, requiring a minimal fee.
As visitors drive this route they will find locations that have spectacular views of the San Francisco Peaks, which make for great photos. Mormon Lake is down Lake Mary Road another 6-8 miles and well worth the drive.
From Flagstaff, drive south on Milton Road (toward I-17) and turn right on Forest Meadows Drive. Take the next left onto Beulah Blvd. In 0.6 miles, turn left onto South Lake Mary Road. Drive approximately 8 miles to north end of Lower Lake Mary. Continue on approximately 5 more miles to view Upper Lake Mary.
To reach Mormon Lake, continue on another 15 miles.
Roadside pull-out parking, paved parking lots, fishing and boating with proper licenses and permits, US Forest Service picnic areas, BBQ grills, vault toilets. There is a fee for developed day-use areas and lake access.
Lake Mary Road is a well-maintained paved road providing a scenic drive along Lower and Upper Lake Mary and Mormon Lake.
This is one of the best sites in the area to see bald eagles and osprey. Find out where to go and how to tell large raptors from turkey vultures at a glance with biologist Tad Theimer. There are plenty of Great Blue Herons to watch at this site. Did you know that they nest communally in tree tops? What incredible voices they have! Hear some of these unique vocalizations and experience what pterodactyls might once have sounded like in this AWWE audio guide. You’ll also learn about the breeding season for elk and when to go to watch elk calves playing with former AZGFD biologist Rick Miller.
Narrated by Rose Houk, recorded and produced by Diane Hope with funding from the AZGFD Heritage Fund.
Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff Ranger District