Big Springs Trail Point 13

Number13Caring for the Land

Tree ThinningToday, we understand that fire is important to conserving forest health, plant and animal diversity, and reducing the risk of wildfire. However, with today’s forest conditions, fire cannot be the only tool we use. Look for the many tree stumps across Big Springs.

Western TanagerTo mimic a more natural tree density, Big Springs was thinned in the fall of 2005. Followed by controlled burning, this promotes the growth of wildlife-friendly oaks, grasses, wildflowers and shrubs and makes the forest healthy for generations to come!

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:


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

Trail pages

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: