A special piece of Arizona’s natural environment is being protected and restored at the Hassayampa River Preserve near Wickenburg. Now, after more than a quarter-century as a Nature Conservancy preserve, the preserve will become part of the Vulture Mountains Recreation Area. This new chapter for Hassayampa River Preserve is being made possible by a partnership between the Conservancy and Maricopa County's Parks and Recreation Department.
Your support is vital to restoring this special place.
For most of its 100-mile course through the desert, the Hassayampa River flows only underground. But within the preserve its crystal clear waters emerge, flowing above ground throughout the year. This lush streamside habitat is home to some of the desert’s most spectacular wildlife. Yet many of them have become dangerously imperiled as riparian areas have disappeared from the Arizona landscape.
How much do you know about the Arizona rivers that connect us all?
In the Sonoran Desert, riparian areas nourish cottonwood-willow forests, one of the rarest and most threatened forest types in North America. An estimated 90% of these critical wet landscapes have been lost, damaged or degraded in the last century. This loss threatens at least 80% of Arizona wildlife, which depend upon riparian habitats for survival.
To learn more about the Hassayampa River Preserve, visit The Nature Conservancy website.
Or, plan a field trip to the preserve:
49614 N. US Highway 60
Wickenburg, AZ 85390-1502
Phone: (928) 684-2772