Pumphouse County Natural Area encompasses 128 acres of wetland and stream habitat fed by natural springs throughout the Kachina Village development. Visitors can park at Raymond County Park, where a pond, wildlife viewing platform, and spotting scope help visitors see wildlife in Pumphouse Meadow.
From Raymond County Park, walk the trail that begins across Kachina Trail road and follow it downstream to periodic wildlife viewing blinds and interpretive signs along Pumphouse Wash. The Natural Area encompasses Harrenburg Wash, located 1/2 mile down Ancient Trail (road). Here, a parking area is available where visitors can explore Harrenburg Wash and access National Forest land. Another birding hotspot nearby is Kachina Wetlands, located at the end of Tovar Trail above Kachina Village. Here, treated effluent feeds shallow and deep ponds which support a diverse array of waterfowl and shorebirds.
What You'll See
Take the paved natural trail to the southern end of the wetland where you will find a newly constructed wildlife viewing platform with scope and unpaved trail to a viewing blind on the east edge of the Meadow. There are interpretive signs that describe the wetland ecosystem and wildlife you may find there including bald eagle, osprey, waterfowl, wading birds, forest/meadow songbirds, riparian songbirds, elk, deer, fox, Abert's squirrels, reptiles, amphibians, and insects. Expect to see migratory birds year-round and elk in late summer and early fall.
These park enhancements were made possible thanks to the Coconino County Parks and Open Space Program along with a 2010 grant from the Arizona Heritage Fund through Arizona Game & Fish Department.
From Flagstaff drive south on I-17 approximately 7 miles to the Kachina Village exit (333). Exit the Interstate and turn right onto Kachina Blvd. and continue to the "T" intersection. Turn right onto Kachina Trail and proceed a short distance to the Raymond County Park at 3305 Kachina Trail with parking and paved trail access to the natural area.
Coconino County Parks & Recreation
Ever wondered where to find Arizona’s state amphibian? In this AWWE audio guide, AZGFD biologist, Susi MacVean, tells you when and where to go and what to listen for to experience the unique sound of mountain tree frogs – the amphibian that sounds like a duck! NAU bat expert, Carol Chambers, describes some of the many species of bats you’re likely to find in this area and how to catch a glimpse of them.
Narrated by Rose Houk, recorded and produced by Diane Hope with funding from the AZGFD Heritage Fund. Recording of Vesper and Brewer’s sparrow calls courtesy of Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
In this guide, we go on a walk around the ponds with keen birder, Terry Blows, who describes the many species that you're likely to see, waterfowl, and shorebirds in particular. Hear about a unique group of water birds - both Sora and Virginia's rail. Learn when and how to identify them from their calls.
arrated by Rose Houk, recorded and produced by Diane Hope with funding from the AZGFD Heritage Fund. Recording of Vesper and Brewer’s sparrow calls courtesy of Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
Wildlife viewing platform with a scope and wet meadow materials with nature trail and benches. The adjacent Raymond County Park offers parking, restrooms, playground, ball-field, climbing wall, and covered picnic ramadas.
From the Raymond County Park parking area you can access both the Pumphouse Meadow and Pumphouse Wash. The access to Pumphouse Meadow is paved and wheelchair accessible.