Hello again, fellow Creekers.
Tuesday, Feb. 14 was not only Valentine’s Day, but it was also the 100th anniversary for the state of Arizona.
So let’s celebrate the state’s birthday and visit some local attractions. We have had a beautiful winter.
There is still some snow for sledding and tubing nearby Woods Canyon Lake and we have had many visitors from the Valley this winter that have come out to enjoy the snow. The Rim Country lakes are a popular attraction all year long and offer sledding in the winter and fishing in the summer. Aside, from the Rim Country lakes there are many other local attractions in the Christopher Creek area.
The Tonto Creek Fish Hatchery produces and stocks around 400,000 brook and cutthroat trout, 165,000 rainbow trout, and 150,000 of Apache trout which is Arizona’s state fish.
Wildlife viewing and photography is another popular attraction. Arizona is the third most diverse state with 534 bird species, 107 native reptiles and 26 native amphibian species.
More than 1.3 million people in Arizona participate in wildlife viewing and 1 million of them are Arizona residents. Wildlife viewing is a fun way to get off the couch and enjoy the outdoors.
Hiking is another great way to enjoy the outdoors. The See Canyon Trail is open spring through fall depending on weather and is a moderate hike about four miles long. This trail brings creek crossings, towering pines, and wildlife viewing.
Fossil hunting is also located in the area near Kohl’s Ranch. At this site millions of invertebrates of Pennsylvanian age have been found in weathered limestone, shale and sandstone.
Along with the many outdoor attractions, we have some historic and fun events in Christopher Creek.
The Hashknife Pony Express was in town on Feb. 8. Thank you to everyone who participated.
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