This week's recreation Colorado River District spotlight is on Cerbat Foothills Recreation Area (CFRA), located just outside of Kingman, AZ is an 11,300 acre wild expanse jointly managed by the City of Kingman and Bureau of Land Management’s Kingman Field Office. The CFRA contains roughly 38 miles of non-motorized trails open to hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrian users. The area, originally designated in 1995 by the City of Kingman and BLM, has slowly been developed over the last 24 years with Camp Beale Loop, Badger, and Castle Rock and Monolith Gardens Trails. For almost a decade, trail construction slowed until 2011 when the Foothills Rim Trail was constructed almost solely by local volunteers. Most recently, BLM in cooperation with local volunteers, youth conservation corps, and Arizona State Parks have been working to complete the Rattler and Sidewinder trails.
Evidence of human occupation dates back 4,000 years when Archaic, Cerbat, Cohonina, and Hualapai people lived there. In 1871 the Army built a military post at Camp Beale Springs and established a temporary reservation for the Hualapai Tribe in this area.
While visiting CFRA you might see mule deer, Sonoran desert tortoise, coyotes, foxes, Gambel’s quail, mourning dove, several types of raptors, and small mammals. The CFRA is in an area of Mohave Desert scrub/semi-desert grassland, with yucca, beavertail, prickly pear, creosote, and mesquite plant life.
BLM Photos: Scenic view of the recreation area. Volunteer installs new wire fencing.