I am so excited! It looks like our Arizona camping trip is back on! We had planned to visit Elk Country in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest in late summer, but large portions of the forest was closed this spring due to wildfire restrictions that were in effect until December 2018.
With the arrival of the monsoons, Tonto National Forest had opened back up on July 11, and I had been checking to see if Apache-Sitgreaves would do the same. So glad to hear they have finally lifted the Fire Closure Orders this past week! Can't wait to see the majestic herds of elk we have spotted on past trips to the area!
Prime Elk habitat -Tonto National Forest as seen from the top of the Mogollon Rim and the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest!
Two large bulls we spotted in the early morning hours near our favorite camping spot in the backcountry.
The following is a short video I took of a super herd of elk. It was such a joy to watch the calves frolic in the isolated meadow below camp! This is one of the major reasons Don and I hike several miles into remote wilderness areas far from civilization. - glimpses of wildlife in their natural habitat! You're not going to see this at established campgrounds!