This large ephemeral lake at 7,2000 feet encompasses wetland, grassland, Ponderosa pine, and Gambel oak habitats. In wet seasons, there are several hundred acres of shallow water with thousands of migratory waterfowl stopping over to feed. In late summer, large herds of elk descend from Woody Ridge to feed in the lakebed at dawn and dusk. A recently-constructed wildlife viewing platform, interpretive signs, and loop trails help visitors access and learn about the area's natural and historic significance.
What You'll See
Wildlife to watch for include prairie dogs, bald eagles, elk, mule deer, pronghorn antelope, cinnamon teal and other waterfowl, woodpeckers, wading birds, coyote, fox, butterflies, gartersnakes, and frogs.
From the intersection of Milton Road and Route 66, take Route 66 west to Woody Mountain Road. Turn left and follow the road, which turns into dirt after 1 mile, Go another 6.5 miles to the first trailhead and wildlife viewing platform. Travel another 1.1 miles to the second (or south) trailhead. Woody Mountain Road is closed during the winter season.
The ephemeral lake, meadow and forest habitats at Rogers Lake make this idea big game country! Hear about the different grazing habits of elk, deer and antelope from former AZGFD wildlife biologist, Rick Miller. You’ll also learn about the habits of the wild turkey and black bear the inhabit this area. Get hits on distinguishing red tailed hawks from marsh harriers from Tad Theimer (NAU).
Narrated by Rose Houk, recorded and produced by Diane Hope with funding from the AZGFD Heritage Fund.
Coconino County Parks & Recreation