Grazing Photo Gallery

Graphic examples of the negative impacts of cattle grazing upon the natural resources of Arizona.

Grazed Riparian Areas

Indian Creek, Middle Water Spring
Long Gulch grazing allotment, Prescott National Forest, July 2001
Indian Creek, Upper Water Spring
Rice Peak grazing allotment, Prescott National Forest, July 2001
Black Canyon Creek
Bumble Bee grazing allotment, Arizona BLM Phoenix Office, July 1999
Vekol Wash
South Vekol grazing allotment, Arizona BLM Phoenix Office, November 1998
Agua Fria River
Box Bar grazing allotment, Arizona BLM Phoenix Office, July 1997
Lower Tonto Creek
Tonto Basin grazing allotment, Tonto National Forest, November 1997
Dry Creek
V Bar grazing allotment, Prescott National Forest, July 1999
Cave Creek
Cartwright grazing allotment, Tonto National Forest, April 1994
Mcgregor Springs
Santa Maria Ranch grazing allotment, Arizona BLM Phoenix Office, September 1994

Photo Point Comparisons

San Pedro River
Riparian National Conservation Area, Arizona BLM Tucson Office, 1984 and 1998
Little Colorado River
Greer Valley, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, July 1988 and August 1995
West Fork Pinto Creek
Brushiest grazing allotment, Tonto National Forest, May 1992 and May 2001
Mint Wash
Granite grazing allotment, Prescott National Forest, January 1990 and June 1979
Pinto Creek
Pinto Creek grazing allotment, Tonto National Forest, May 1992 and May 2000

Grazed Uplands

Terry Flat
Stone Creek Grazing Allotment, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, August 2001. (Escudilla Mountain is in the background.)
Sycamore Grazing Allotment
Verde Ranger District, Prescott National Forest, July 2001. (Located within the Agua Fria grasslands.)
Desert Wildflowers
No grazing right side of the fence, grazing on the left side, Burro Creek grazing allotment, Arizona BLM Kingman Office, March 1993
Warsaw Pasture
Montana grazing allotment, Coronado National Forest, July 2000. (The permittee is the husband of Arizona Game & Fish Commissioner Sue Chilton.)<

Ungrazed Riparian Areas

Hulsey Creek
Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, August 2001
Aravaipa Creek
Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness, Arizona BLM Tucson Office, September 1997
Cienega Creek
Empire-Cienega Resource Conservation Area, Arizona BLM Tucson Office, May 1995
Seven Springs
Tonto National Forest, April 1994
Sacaton Bottomlands
Appleton-Whittel Research Ranch, National Audubon Society, April 1995
Bonita Creek
Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area, Arizona BLM Safford Office, October 1992
Canyon Creek
Tonto National Forest, July 1991
Arivaca Cienega
Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, July 1993
Little Colorado River
Mt. Baldy Wilderness, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, July 2001

Ungrazed Uplands

Bald Hill
Appleton-Whittel Research Ranch, National Audubon Society, April 1995
Top of Dutchwoman Butte
Relict desert grassland, Tonto Basin, Tonto National Forest, October 1997
Sonoran Desert Uplands
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, March, 1998
Sonoran Desert Uplands
Usery Mountain Park, Maricopa County, March, 2001


cow turd

* Nearly all of these areas have been grazed by livestock in the past. It's almost impossible to find a place in the West that's NEVER suffered from livestock.