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Parker Canyon Lake - 4 Things to Know Before Visiting

Parker Canyon Lake, Arizona 85611, USA

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About Parker Canyon Lake

A beautiful lake located in the southeastern Arizona. The lake is a reservoir formed by a dam in Parker Canyon in the south end of the Canelo Hills in southwestern Cochise County. Parker Canyon is a tributary to the Santa Cruz River in the San Rafael Valley. The facilities are maintained by Coronado National Forest division of the USDA Forest Service.


Attractions Near Parker Canyon Lake

Sunnyside Canyon trail
Sunnyside Canyon trail10.22km from Parker Canyon Lake

Sunnyside Canyon is a 2 mile moderately popular blue singletrack trail located near Sierra Vista Arizona. This multi-use trail can be used both directions. On average it takes 15 minutes to complete this trail.

Miller Peak Wilderness
Miller Peak Wilderness11.97km from Parker Canyon Lake

The Miller Peak Wilderness lies between the city of Sierra Vista and the Mexican border in the southern half of the Huachuca Mountains.More than 170 species of birds have been spotted here, including 14 kinds of hummingbirds. More than 60 species of reptiles and 78 species of mammals inhabit the area. It encompasses around 20,190 acres and is managed by the Coronado National Forest.

Ramsey Canyon Preserve-Nature Conservancy
Ramsey Canyon Preserve-Nature Conservancy14.24km from Parker Canyon Lake

Ramsey Canyon Preserve offers guided walks from March through November on an easy, shady trail. Guides share the lively natural and cultural history of the canyon, and explain why the canyon is rich in wildlife. You’ll likely spot a few deer, hummingbirds, reptiles, and insects.

Carr Peak
Carr Peak14.39km from Parker Canyon Lake

Carr Peak is the second highest peak in the Huachuca Mountains of southeast Arizona. Carr Peak is easily recognizable as the prominent double-humped mountain due south of Sierra Vista. The area is well known among birders because of the variety of hummingbird species seen in the area as well as the dozens of southwestern specialties such as Apache pine, Chihuahua pine, ridge-nosed rattlesnake, lesser long-nosed bat and elegant trogon.

San Rafael State Natural Area
San Rafael State Natural Area14.73km from Parker Canyon Lake

This is a high intermontane grass valley in eastern Santa Cruz, and it is bounded to the west by the Patagonia Mountains. This beautiful valley is the headwaters of the Santa Cruz River, which flows into Mexico then turns north back into the United States and eventually joins the Gila River. The riparian areas and native grass prairie are home to many species of plants and animals.

Miller Peak
Miller Peak15.85km from Parker Canyon Lake

Miller Peak is a spectacular landmark mountain located in far-south Arizona near the town of Sierra Vista and the Fort Huachuca Military Base. It is the highest mountain in the Huachuca mountain range and a popular local hiking destination. The Miller Peak Wilderness encompasses 20,190 acres and is managed by the Coronado National Forest.

Where is Parker Canyon Lake

Discover More Attractions in Cochise County, Where Parker Canyon Lake Is Located

Cochise County
Cochise County
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Cochise County is a county in the southeastern corner of the U.S. state of Arizona. Here are great outdoor opportunities for hiking, rock climbing, camping, picnicking, & bird watching. This County also has great opportunities for peaceful relaxation, particularly at the many Inns, B&B's, & guest ranches. Whether it's adventure or tranquility you seek, you can easily find it here.

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