|Nestled among the cool pines of the Coconino National Forest, the Page Springs Fish Hatchery offers a cool retreat from the desert during hot summer months. Families enjoy hiking the nature trial bordering Oak Creek, and kids like visiting the show ponds to see the hatchery’s finest and largest trout.At 82 acres, this is the state’s largest coldwater fish production facility, producing nearly 700,000 trout a year. The property also includes a smaller warm water hatchery, Bubbling Ponds. In recent years, Bubbling Ponds produced sportfish such as bluegill, largemouth bass, and walleye, and sensitive species such as razorback suckers and Colorado pikeminnow used by the department in native fish conservation and recovery efforts.|
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The hatchery includes an interpretive center and a self-guided hatchery tour, finishing in a visit to the show ponds. These amenities are accessible to the disabled. The hatchery is open 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., seven days a week (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas).
A recently completed nature trail, with signs describing riparian habitat and wildlife, meanders through the hatchery grounds and along Oak Creek. The trail is a great place to see wildlife and view birds.
Camping: There are no camping facilities at the hatchery. However, camping areas are available nearby on Forest Service lands, or at Arizona State Parks such as Red Rock State Park near Sedona or Deadhorse Ranch State Park in Cottonwood. For camping information, a park map, or weather data, click on Red Rock State Park or Dead Horse Ranch State Park.
Bubbling Ponds, just west of Page Springs.
This is a warm water hatchery fed by hot springs which keep the water at a steady 70 degrees Fahrenheit. It is operated by AZ Fish and Game.
Crescent Moon Picnic Area
One of the most photographed scenes in the southwest is towering Cathedral Rock reflected in the waters of Oak Creek at Red Rock Crossing. It should come as no surprise, then, that the picnic area located at that same site is as popular as it is beautiful. People come here to fish, swim, and wade in the creek, as well as to picnic and photograph the scenery. At times it can become quite crowded. But if you come early in the morning or on a weekday, it’s possible to have the world class beauty of Red Rock Crossing all to yourself, or nearly so.
Location: 37 miles south of Flagstaff, 7 miles southwest of Sedona. Elevation is 4,000 feet.
GPS: N34° 49′ 33.78″, W-111° 48′ 26.7114″
Access: Drive west from Sedona on US 89A. Just outside town, turn south on FR 216 (Upper Red Rock Loop Road). Drive about 1.5 miles and follow the signs to Red Rock Crossing. All roads except the short segment leading from Red Rock Crossing Road to the picnic area are paved.
Season: All year, hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day; off-season, 8 a.m. to dusk.
Attractions: Picnicking, Waterplay, Wildlife watching, Photography, Fishing
Facilities: Accessible Picnic Tables, Cooking grills, Vault Toilets, Group Ramada
Drinking fountain available. Bring your own bulk water.
No camping is permitted.
For more information contact:
Red Rock Ranger District, P.O. Box 20429, Sedona AZ 86341, (928) 282-4119