Big Springs Environmental Study Area #610

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

Big Springs is a major source of crystal clear spring water flowing into Rainbow Lake. 

At a Glance

Usage: Medium
Best Season: All Seasons except extreme cold, icy or wet weather.
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Other Local
Information Center: Lakeside Ranger District
(928) 368-2100
TTY: (928) 368-5088

General Information

Directions:

Drive south through the Lakeside business district on State Highway 260. Turn right at traffic light on Woodland Road and continue about .6 miles. Parking area is on the left. Take the trail to the right which will follow the creek to the springs and then back to the bridge above the meadow.


General Notes:
  • The area is under Special Use Permit to the Blue Ridge School District for environmental studies.
  • The existence of fresh water shrimp in the waters immediately surrounding the spring is an indication of the purity of the water.

Recreation Map

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Activities


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Interpretive Areas

Big Springs is a major source of crystal clear spring water flowing into Rainbow Lake. There is evidence the spring area was used for Indian ceremonial purposes, as many Indian artifacts have been recovered from the mud surrounding the spring.

The stream and somewhat marshy area immediately below the spring is an excellent nature study and bird watching area, especially for marsh and waterfowl birds.
 

Best Season: All Seasons except extreme cold, icy or wet weather.
Difficulty Level: Easy
Areas & Activities

Location

 
  Latitude : 
34.13831667

  Longitude : 
-109.9674111

  Elevation : 
6,950 feet

 



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