The Santa Cruz River
An International Affair
Tall, shady forests and running water are an irresistible combination to residents and tourists alike. Hiking, riding, bird watching, wading, and picnicking are some popular activities on the historic Anza Trail and in Santa Cruz County's Calabasas Park, both of which adjoin the river. The Santa Cruz River forms a rich green spine that makes our county especially scenic and desirable as a place to live or visit.
Not only humans rely on the river. Over three-quarters of all Arizona wildlife depend on riparian (riverside) habitat. But in the 20th century alone we lost the vast majority of our rivers and streams. The Santa Cruz once sheltered wild turkey, beaver, and even grizzly bears. Although they are now gone, a tremendous variety of species still call the river home, or use it as a migration corridor. Threatened and endangered species like the Rose-throated becard, Gray hawk, and Yellow-bellied cuckoo nest along the river. The Santa Cruz and its tributaries support over 22 threatened or endangered species. And the cottonwood-willow gallery forest, which supports many of these species, is itself our most endangered forest community.
Real-time streamflow data for the Santa Cruz River can be viewed by clicking on each location: Lochiel
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To learn more about the entire reach of the Santa Cruz River, visit The Learning Center of the American Southwest's Santa Cruz River webpage.