Brown Long-Eared Bat in Preacher Canyon Cave

Equipment Info
Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II
36.8mm / f/2.8 / 1/60 sec. / ISO 800
State/Province/Region
Arizona
Nearest Area
Tonto National Forest
Town
Payson
Brief Directions

Hwy 260E to mm266.8 & turn left where the sign says Control Road & Tonto Village. Go 1.6 miles to dirt road on left, a blind turn at top of rise near a 25 MPH sign, pull in & park at GPS 34 19.084N, 111 8.536W. Walk the dirt road West & South, heading for GPS Waypoint at 34 18.169N, 111 9.254W. After slightly less than 3 miles from the car you reach a clearing with cairns on the right, uphill side, at GPS 34 17.825N, 111 10.188W. There might be some flags on the bushes. Here, look up hill to see a large dead tree standing about 400 feet away. Bushwhack your way uphill, aiming for the dead tree... the entrance to the cave is in a small depression about 15 feet to the left and downhill from it. GPS coordinates: 34 17.875N, 111 10.243W.

Description

I met this curious little bat hanging from the ceiling on a hike to Preacher Canyon Cave in central Arizona last week.

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Date Added
August 21, 2020
Date Taken
August 16, 2020