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HOW TO GET THERE
1) Start in eastern Sierra Vista at the intersection of Highways 90 (aka, Fry Blvd) & 92.
2) Go south on Hwy 92 for 9.1 miles to the turn-off to Miller Canyon Rd. (N31.429307 W110.240790). As a note of reference, Miller Canyon Rd. is 3.0 miles south of Ramsay Canyon Rd. and 2.1 miles south of Carr Canyon Rd.
3) Drive west 3.1 miles on Miller Canyon Road. The pavement ends after 0.8 miles and becomes gravel. The road ends at the Beatty's B&B (N31.41056 W110.28278, Elevation 6,100). If you're not staying at the Beatty's, park in the adjacent parking/picnic area created by the national forest service. Parking is, as of 2008, free.
4) If you're interested in staying at the Beatty's B&B (which I highly recommend for the birds, the accommodations, and the gracious hosts), visit the sites noted below.
The first 0.8 miles is paved. The remaining 2.3 miles is dirt and is typically bumpy. All passenger cars can travel this road with no problem of clearance.
THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
This area gets moderate use from the typical hiker or picnicker. This canyon and the entire Huachuca Mountain range are sometimes used for smuggling illegal immigrants (or other), with most activity at night.
WHEN TO GO & WHAT TO SEE
Late April, May and June are great birding times. June through August is hot, even at this elevation and the birding dies down significantly by 10:30am. September is good for hummingbirds. Early to mid-April can be cold (in the 40s F), so a pair of light gloves might be appreciated.
For me, June and September are the best hummingbird months. At least 15 species have been seen here at the Beatty’s. During the hummingbird-busy times of the year, there may be at least 30-40 hummingbird feeders in operation across the grounds. Although not consistently reliable, this area typically has a visiting White-eared and Berylline Hummingbird and, rarely, a Plain-capped Starthroat.
13 August 1999 - 19 April 2014