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Pumphouse County Natural Area
Pumphouse GreenwayArea Description
Pumphouse County Natural Area emphasizes protection of wetland habitat and water resources. The 128-acre natural area is located in Kachina Village adjacent to Raymond County Park (Exit 333 off US I-17) in Flagstaff, Arizona. It is the place to see elk, fox, deer, and a large variety of waterfowl and migratory birds.

Spring-Fed Wetland
Pumphouse County Natural Area is a spring-fed wetland, one of the rarest wildlife habitat resources in Arizona! As with any wetland, it has higher biological activity than the surrounding landscape. It attracts a wide variety of wildlife: waterfowl, wading birds, wintering bald eagles, elk, garter snakes, songbirds, and small mammals.

The wet meadow and washes of Pumphouse drainage form the “headwaters” of Oak Creek, a major tributary of the Verde River. When junk gets into the water along Pumphouse Natural Area - dog poop, motor oil, or cinders from road maintenance, for instance - it ends up affecting fish, birds, snakes, and mammals that rely on the Verde River corridor for habitat.

History of Sustainability in Area
The hills and springs that ring Pumphouse Natural Area were once a camping and hunting area for Apaches coming and going out of the Verde Valley to Dzil Cho (the San Francisco Peaks) and to Hopi to trade. The Apache name for the area translates as Place of Many Springs. Their signature on the landscape is invisible even though they used the area over several centuries. These and other first Arizonans knew so much about sustainability.

Do Your Part
Visitors are encouraged to participate in protecting wildlife and their habitat by leashing dogs and enjoying the wetland from dry ground. Recent improvement at the adjacent Raymond County Park installed wildlife viewing platforms above the wet meadow to help visitors enjoy and protect Pumphouse Natural Area at the same time. Learn more about what you can do to help sustain the area.

Funding for the Area
The wet meadow that is Pumphouse Greenway's signature view-shed was purchased with funds from the County Parks and Open Space Program. The greenway idea originated with a community planning committee and was developed into a conceptual plan by a Northern Arizona University (NAU) Parks and Recreation Management class in 2001. In 2007, an NAU class in Ecological Restoration Applications researched and wrote an Assessment of the Kachina Village Wetlands Conservation Area.

Directions to Area

To visit Pumphouse County Natural Area, travel I-17 to Exit 333 (Kachina Village - Mountainaire) five miles south of Flagstaff, and turn west. Raymond County Park is on the right. The natural area meanders through the village, extending to Harrenburg Wash near Kachina Village Utility on Jadito Trail.

For More Information
For more information, contact Coconino County Parks and Recreation or call (928) 679-8000.

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