White Mountains, AZ: 3-day trip - FULL

Date & Time: 
July 30, 2017 - 7:30am to August 1, 2017 - 12:00pm
Meeting Place: 
Travel Center of America Truckstop, Willcox (I-10 exit #340)
Trip Leader: 
Diane Touret
Special Notes: 
This TRIP is FULL! * * * RSVP to: seaba_publicity@yahoo.com to be put on a waiting list for this trip. * * * Donation of $15.00/participant (3 days x $5.00) will be appreciated.

Trip description:

1) Day 1: Sunday, July 30th – 7:30AM - meet in Willcox, AZ on the restaurant side of the Travel Center of America Truckstop. Drive via NM78 over the Big Lue Mountains into New Mexico and then north to Alpine via US180. Various stops for butterflies along the way. Overnight in Springerville. Several motels are available in the Springerville area.

2) Day 2: Monday, July 31st – This day we will need to carpool into no more than 4 vehicles. We can car pool either from the motel or from the Safeway parking lot nearby. Locations include Sheep Crossing and Mt. Baldy Trail 94, plus other sites depending on the weather (thunderstorms possible) including South Fork and Becker Lake, both near Springerville. Overnight in Springerville area.

3) Day 3: Tuesday, August 1st – Morning along FS 117 (Green's Peak Area). Trip ends around noon, probably at Pole Knoll (restrooms and picnic tables) near Greer. Note: The leader will probably not be returning to the Tucson area at the end of the trip.

The specialties of summer in the White Mountains are 4 kinds of Fritillaries, Garita and Edward's Skipperlings, White Mtns Ruddy Copper, Milbert's Tortoiseshell, Small Wood-Nymph, Peck's Skipper, checkerspots, and many other butterflies not found in SE AZ. Expect thunderstorms, sometimes violent! 

Travel will be on both paved and good gravel roads. The elevations in the White Mtns get up to over 9,000ft but the higher areas are on a plateau and the hills are gentle once you get up there from the lowlands.

Participants should bring lunch, water, and snacks for the first day. There is a Safeway, as well as a McDonald's, Subway, and 2 Circle K's in Springerville and/or Eagar where food can be purchased for the other days. We will be making frequent restroom stops at places with forest service restrooms, except for along the Green's Peak Rd where there will be available gullies, bushes, and trees.


Type of terrain: Mountain trails, meadows, and creek beds with the elevation between 6000’ and 9000’ therefore it will be mildly strenuous at times. There can be rocky areas and or slippery areas along the trails, in meadows, and alongside of streams and in stream beds etc.


Leader email: 

General Information

Beginners are welcome on all field trips! Experienced members will share their butterfly knowledge and expertise with all field trip participants. Children accompanied by a responsible adult are welcome on SEABA field trips. A donation of $5 per person to benefit SEABA will be appreciated. Carpooling from the meeting place is encouraged and it is kind to share gas expenses. If high clearance vehicles are required for a trip, it will be noted in individual trip descriptions. Dress for the field with sturdy shoes, hat, sunscreen, and insect repellant. Bring your own water, snacks, and lunch. Close-focusing binoculars, cameras, and field guides will be helpful aids for butterfly observation and identification. Trips usually end by mid-afternoon unless noted differently in individual trip descriptions.

Please be aware that:

1. Collecting or netting is NOT allowed on SEABA field trips.

2. Pets, with the exception of service animals, are NOT allowed on SEABA field trips.

3. All field trip participants are required to sign SEABA's Release and Assumption of Risk form at the beginning of the trip. The form may be viewed at SEABA Release.

4. Please arrive a few minutes prior to the meeting time posted for trips to facilitate paperwork and introductions to other trip participants.

    5. Field trips may be cancelled or rescheduled on short notice due to changing weather or road conditions. Please check the website for updates prior to the Field Trip.


    Our Southeastern Arizona Butterfly Checklist can be downloaded here. Please note that the SEABA checklist is copyrighted.

    Local NABA Butterfly Counts are listed at NABA Counts

    Field trips organized by the Central Arizona Butterfly Association are listed at their website: CAzBA.