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Butler Canyon Trail #98


Arizona's White Mountains

Elevation: 8,000 feet
Length: 1 mile, round trip.

Season: April into November, depending on snow.

Use: Heavy from Memorial Day through Labor Day, moderate or light at other times.

Attractions and Considerations: The Butler Canyon Trail is a self guided nature trail with numbered stations beside the trail. These stations correspond to descriptions in a pamphlet which is available at a sign-in station at the trailhead. Please return the pamphlet after you've finished with it so that others may use it. Interpretative lectures and walks are conducted here during the summer by a Forest Service Naturalist. Schedules are posted at Hoyer campground and at the Springerville Ranger Station.

Description: This cool verdant canyon has long been a favorite with tourists. It is particularly popular with seniors and families with young children because of the level grade of the trail and the interpretative stations. Its location in Greer makes it a convenient spot for the many visitors to this picturesque community. The trail travels up Butler Canyon for about one half mile, then crosses a small stream before looping back.

Butler Canyon was named for Jacob Butler, who settled here in the late 1880's with his nineteen children. Aquatic plants grow along the stream, which is shaded by alders and willows. Aspen, pine, spruce and fir line the canyon and provide nests for the many birds who make their home here. If you start your hike early enough, you may see wild turkeys, deer and coyotes as they come downcanyon for a drink.

Difficulty: Easy. The trail is mostly level, though two hills exist.

Access: Butler Canyon is just east of Greer. The trailhead is located off the East Fork Road.

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For more information, please feel free to contact the USDA Forest Service, Springerville Ranger District at 928.333.4372 or you may write us at 309 S. Mountain Avenue, Springerville, Arizona 85938

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