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Willcox Playa Wildlife Area

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Kansas Settlement Rd, off Hwy 186, Willcox, AZ
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Plan ahead to be there when the Sand Hill Crane migration arrives, with the added bonus of Snow... read more

Reviewed 28 May 2017
Barbara W
Denver, Colorado
out of season yet still a good stop

Nice place to park. Little "woods" of mostly tamarisk between parking lot and playa. Saw migrating... read more

Reviewed 16 May 2017
Betty H
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Kansas Settlement Rd, off Hwy 186, Willcox, AZ
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Reviewed 28 May 2017

Plan ahead to be there when the Sand Hill Crane migration arrives, with the added bonus of Snow Geese. The sights and sounds of the migration are absolutely marvelous! A memorable event.

Thank Barbara W
Reviewed 16 May 2017

Nice place to park. Little "woods" of mostly tamarisk between parking lot and playa. Saw migrating bird, Tyr. sp

Thank Betty H
Reviewed 3 February 2017

but you must check with local tourism. we hit it at 11 am, and saw 1000's. but miss it by half hour - you see sleeping birds in field far away. i hit it perfect today and have a memory for life that was breath-taking!...More

1  Thank cincinSeattle
Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

We sat here during sunset and what a show! Thousands of Sandhill Cranes flew in and landed! It was beautiful! We got here at 4 pm. I can't wait to come back to see the Cranes next year!

Reviewed 16 January 2017

I recently visited the Willcox area to see the wintering sandhill cranes. The Willcox Chamber of Commerce was hosting their annual Wings Over Willcox event during the time I was there. I went on a couple of their tours while there. One visited nearby feeding...More

Thank Terry R
Reviewed 31 May 2016

And that's exactly what the man at the visitors center told us when I asked for directions to this place. I even added that we had just arrived in Willcox and were planning a picnic out there. The giggle he tried to suppress should have...More

1  Thank Laurence L
Reviewed 16 March 2016

We read that the sand cranes usually remain in the area until late March and they may have been somewhere but we couldn't find them. We drove to all the spots recommended but no luck. It would be best to call the Chamber of Commerce...More

Thank lantana50
Reviewed 19 February 2016

This was so awesome!!!! We asked at the Wilcox Visitor's Center and they were able to tell us where they were sited earlier in the day. They gave us a variety of places to check. We saw (and heard) a number of them in a...More

Thank frugal-one
Reviewed 21 January 2016

Actually difficult to find the cranes. Walked and walked in the playa area. We were driving back to I10 when we suddenly heard the cries of the cranes flying overhead. We watched where they landed and followed. Can't get close, but that's for the protection...More

Thank Gardener1945
Reviewed 17 January 2016

This annual festival in mid January brings many bird enthusiasts to Willcox. I signed up for the tour at sunset and we went first to Cochise Lake where there were some sandhill cranes in the distance. Then we went to the power plant area and...More

1  Thank vagabondginger
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