Number2Changing Earth

StreamThe earth is dynamic! Natural forces, such as wind, rain, geologic processes and life itself, work constantly to cause CHANGE. Over time, Big Springs has changed under these forces, but some of the most rapid changes occurred over the last 100 years.

Look around – can you see or hear civilization around this oasis of nature surrounded by development (roads, houses, businesses, and construction work)? Is this “island” separate from civilization, or can Big Springs be affected change from outside its borders?

Trail Themes

The numbered posts correspond to the symbols below and the points of interest you’ll encounter along the trail. Each point is described in this guide. The symbols relate to these key interpretative themes:

Themes

Please tread lightly by staying on trails.
“Take only pictures and memories – leave only footprints.”

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Trail Point 1

Trail Point 2

Trail Point 3

Trail Point 4

Trail Point 5

Trail Point 6

Trail Point 7

Trail Point 8

Trail Point 9

Trail Point 10

Trail Point 11

Trail Point 12

Trail Point 13

Big Springs is located on Woodland Road, ½ mile south of White Mountain Blvd. (State Route 260), adjacent to the White Mountain Wildlife & Nature Center. Many improvements have been made at Big Springs to facilitate environmental education and public use. Many such improvements were funded by the Arizona Game and Fish Heritage Fund, established by voter initiative in 1990, with funding from the Arizona lottery. The latest improvements and brochure printing were funded by a Secure Rural Schools Act grant from the U. S. Forest Service to the White Mountain Nature Center. Big Springs is managed under a unique partnership. Land ownership is national forest, with a special use permit for an outdoor classroom issued to the Blue Ridge Unified School District. These partners cooperate in its management and enhancement:

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