On a recent visit to Bubbling Ponds Hatchery, I had the good fortune to get a photo of a belted kingfisher and a vermilion flycatcher sitting on the same branch!

If you’ve never been to Bubbling Ponds or its close neighbor, Page Springs Hatchery in Cornville, AZ, it’s worth a visit. Besides being fish hatcheries, both are riparian habitats and Important Bird Areas (IBA) which attract thousands of wildlife enthusiasts each year.

Page Springs boasts a visitor center, restrooms, picnic area, nature trails, interpretive signs, and a self-guided tour through the fish hatchery.

Bubbling Ponds, ¼ mile from Page Springs, has the Blackhawk trail, a 1.5 mile flat loop around the property. There is a covered picnic area, two viewing decks, and interpretive signs describing hatchery operations, riparian habitat, geology and local wildlife.

Both hatcheries are free and open to the public. For more information, directions and hours, click on the following links:

Page Springs Hatchery

Bubbling Ponds Hatchery