Silver Spur Meadow Trail
The Silver Spur Meadow Trail leaves across the street from the visitor center and winds along to Faraway Ranch. You can discover human settlement in Bonita Canyon while exploring the plant and animal species of the park. When the first white settler entered the canyon, oak and sycamore lined Bonita Creek and Newton's Wash. Arizona cypress, juniper, and mesquite have taken hold in the last 125 years.
There are nearly 350 species of plants, more than 250 birds, more than 100 arthropods, more than 50 amphibians and reptiles, and more than 60 mammal species using the canyon. They depend on the water from springs, snow melt, and summer monsoon. They find refuge in caves, trees, small pools, and underground dens.
Remember, all artifacts, plants, animals, and minerals are protected within the monument and are not to be collected.