• Lower Cliff Dwelling


    National Monument Arizona

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    The Visitor Center and bookstore will be closed for several weeks for construction. A temporary Visitor Center will be set up in the parking lot. The trail to the Lower Cliff Dwelling will be open during this period. No entrance fees will be collected.

Big Free-tailed Bat

Big Free-tailed Bat
Nyctinomops macrotis

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Wingspan: 17 – 18”; Body length: 3 – 3 1/2”
Diet: primarily moths

The big free-tailed bat is found in rocky country where it roosts in crevices high up on cliff faces. These bats are powerful flyers, and strays have been found as far away as British Columbia.

This bat is of special concern, since it is uncommon throughout most of its range. When or where breeding occurs is unknown. The only probable maternity colony was located in 1937.

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