This 1,500-acre wildlife habitat is famous for the large population of Sandhill Cranes during the winter season of October through February. Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area lies in the Chiricahua desert grassland habitat of the Sulphur Springs Valley. Spotting scopes are located on the viewing platforms for use by visitors. Allow 2 hours.
Each winter season, October through February, more than 20,000 Sandhill Cranes flock to this playa (an ancient, closed basin lakebed). The area was formed from ancient sedimentary deposits of gravel, sand and silt, as well as dune sand and landslide landslide masses. A birding festival held every January, "Wings Over Willcox", features food, field trips, seminars, etc. Allow 2 hours.