Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area

Dept. Fish & Wildlife

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4423 W Bagby Rd.
McNeal, AZ 85617
520-642-3763
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GPS: 31.5597, -109.7154

Last Price Paid: $0
Number of Sites: 4
Pad Type: dirt
Elevation: 4079 ft
Max Stay: 3
Tent Camping: Yes

Accessibility is not guaranteed, always scout ahead before driving down dirt roads.
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9 people have reviewed this location.

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3bars
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AT&T Voice Only
1 review
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 3

LuckyLadyKB would stay here again

“Volunteers do a nice job keeping the 2 bathrms clean. ”

Reviewed Jul 08, 2018

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I’ll probably be bk for a few days every year, it’s peaceful & simply wonderful seeing & hearing the cranes & other water fowl.

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Jen and Q
Livingston, TX
27 Airstream Flying Cloud Twin
2012 Ford F-250
152 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 2
Site Number: none

Reviewed Feb 07, 2018

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What an amazing area with all of the cranes and other bird life. Busy with day use vehicles in the morning and afternoon but quiet at night. Not sure if generators are allowed but no one had one on and the other RVs had solar like me, so all was great. Road in was graded but only a few places with mild washboard. Vault toilet and d... more

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AlVie AlBums
Ladysmith, WI
25 Airstream International
2014 Ford F150
100 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1

AlVie AlBums would stay here again

“Great overnight!”

Reviewed Jan 07, 2018

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We really enjoyed our stay here and the ability to watch all the Sandhill Cranes! The camping is basically a circle with a (clean) pit toilet in the middle. We were here on the weekend and there were lots of people driving in and out to see the cranes all day, and kicking up quite a bit of dust. This is the reason for only 4 stars. ... more

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Yogalebrity
Las Vegas, NV
17 Coachman Viking
2012 Nissan Xterra
30 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1
Site Number: Na
“Lots of Ticks”

Reviewed Nov 16, 2017

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Our dog got at least 4 ticks. We are looking for more. We had to go into town and wash all our bedding. This is the only time in a year of traveling we’ve experienced ticks. Besides, this is far from town and the town is awesome and best experienced at night. It’s worth paying to stay at an RV Park. Don’t stay here. Update:... more

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TinyShinyHome
Knoxville, TN
31 Airstream Sovereign
2006 Ford F350 Super Duty
7 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 2

TinyShinyHome would stay here again

“Peaceful”

Reviewed Mar 26, 2016

Overall Rating

We came in because it was so close to Tombstone and Bisbee which we wanted to explore and we heard about the cranes so we were even more excited. However, we only saw one crane. Maybe we came at the wrong time? All the lake beds were dried up except for one small one. But we are still happy with our choice to be here. It's beautiful an... more

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Currently Wandering

27 Airstream International
2006 Dodge Ram 1500
108 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1

Currently Wandering would stay here again

“Cranes are beautiful!”

Reviewed Mar 15, 2015

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We enjoyed a lovely sunset walk around the lake to view the cranes in the evening and woke up early the next morning to catch the cranes in flight. Even getting up at 6am in March we will still missed most of them, You really need to be up before dawn! We had a neighbor that ran their generator all night long, and the cranes are noi... more

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3bars
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2bars
Verizon 4G/LTE

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CampyTrails
Huntington Beach, CA
30 Airstream Sovereign
2010 Dodge Ram 2500
10 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 4
Site Number: N/A

CampyTrails would stay here again

“A nice place to stop in this area.”

Reviewed Mar 12, 2015

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There are officially four campsites at Whitewater Draw. Parking is on a gravel surface and a metal pipe barrier loosely encloses a picnic table within the greater open space. A tent easily fits within this barrier, and a 35ft Class A, plus tow vehicle, can comfortably park within the designated site. Maximum stay is three nights. Many ... more

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2bars
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3bars
Verizon 4G/LTE
3bars
Verizon 3G

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Aluminarium

27 Airstream Flying Cloud
2014 Ford F-250
265 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 1

Aluminarium would stay here again

“Come for the birds, not the camping”

Reviewed Mar 03, 2015

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The camping area at Whitewater Draw is a round parking lot with a vault toilet in the middle. There are a few picnic tables with tent spots. When we were here it was packed. RVs were parked parallel to the perimeter and cars were parked perpendicular in between the RVs. If it's too crowded when you visit, the sportsmans access ... more

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2bars
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Van-Tramp
Longmont, CO
27 Airstream International
198 reviews
Nightly rate: FREE!
Days stayed: 2

Van-Tramp would stay here again

“Cranes, cranes, and more cranes”

Reviewed Feb 25, 2015

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The campground and campsites themselves are nothing much to speak of. It is the attraction of the 20,000 cranes that make Whitewater Draw worth staying a night or two. To see the cranes in all their glory requires a night's stay and waking before sunrise to hike out the half-mile to the water before the cranes take to the air in mass. ... more

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Visiting Sandcranes at Whitewater Draw, AZ

Whitewater Draw – McNeal, Arizona South of Tombstone and east of Bisbee, Arizona, is a riparian zone whose ecosystem draws birds and mammals to enjoy its rusty, muddy waters. About a mile and...

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Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area | Van-Tramp.com

Many people visit Whitewater Draw each winter to experience the memorable sights and sounds of more than 20,000 sandhill cranes. These birds spend the night standing in Whitewater Draw’s shallow wa...

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Whitewater Draw - Aluminarium

Last year when we were in the area, I wanted to come to Whitewater Draw to see the more than 20,000 sandhill cranes, bu...

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Rejuvenation at Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area – RVplus2

We needed some serious relaxation after being cooped up on a half acre Christmas tree lot for five weeks. Where to go? A remote wildlife refuge sounded good! Whitewater Draw had been on our radar...

Hookups:
  • dry camping
Recreation:
  • picnic area
Site Amenities:
  • big rig
  • picnic table
Facilities:
  • restrooms: vault
  • trash
Pets:
  • pets

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