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Feb 15, 2017
ARIZONA IS FAMED FOR ITS WARM, SUNNY CLIMATE. BUT SOMETIMES YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A CHANGE OF PACE. ONE OF THE BEST PLACES TO ENJOY SOME COOLER TEMPERATURES IS THE COCONINO NATIONAL FOREST, WHERE THE PAGE SPRINGS NATIONAL FISH HATCHERY IS WAITING TO WELCOME YOUR FAMILY.
Within the cool pines of the forest, this is the largest coldwater fish hatchery in the state, and it produces nearly 700,000 trout a year. A smaller hatchery on the site, Bubbling Ponds, produces sportfish including bluegill, largemouth bass, and walleye, plus sensitive species such as razorback suckers and Colorado pikeminnow.
Families can hike trails along Oak Creek, giving them the perfect opportunity to spot wildlife and birds. And kids love the show ponds to see the 82-acre hatchery’s finest and largest trout. You’ll want to make sure that you visit the interpretive center and self-guided hatchery tour while you’re there, ending your visit with the big finale – the show ponds. Everything is accessible to disabled guests.
Camping areas are available on nearby Forest Service lands and state parks such as Deadhorse Ranch State Park in Cottonwood.
Open daily, 7a.m. – 3:30p.m, closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
For pricing, please visit the website.
Page Springs National Fish Hatchery
1600 North Page Springs Rd.
Cornville, AZ 86325