Any place with water is a special place in Arizona

Annie Snider
Monday, November 3, 2014

MAYER, Ariz. — Grapevine Creek appears on maps as a lonely blue scribble on a patch of green federal land.

The creek itself isn’t much to see. It’s a rocky trail flanked by gnarled cottonwoods as it meanders near the road through this old mining town between Phoenix and Flagstaff.

But looks deceive. This stream makes desert fishermen swoon.

“Any place with water is a special place in Arizona,” said Jim Walker, a retired telecommunications executive now volunteering nearly full time with conservation and community groups. “But this one, this one is especially so.”   … >>Read more