Tommy J. DeBardeleben

Hazen Road

Fast Flight Facts

Target Species:  Wintering birds who favor flooded fields as well as migrants

Elevation: 830'

Habitat:  Road to walk on with surrounding fields and line of cottonwood and willow trees

Overall Birding Rating: 1

Difficulty: 1 (Easy)

Birding Type: Stopping and Scanning, Car Birding, Simple Walk

Facilities:  None

Fees/Ownership:  None/Private Property

Closest Town or City/How far from Phoenix:  Buckeye /33.1 miles southwest of Phoenix

Getting there:  Hazen Road is reached from Highway 85

Overview:  Just northeast of the Old US 80's access point, is the peaceful looking Hazen Road.  Most people will probably drive by it when birding because they are looking to bird the Arlington area or the Thrasher Spot.  However, Hazen Road is a good potential birding spot...

By just simply parking the vehicle roadside, one can take twenty minutes or so to bird the rather short Hazen Road.  There is good farmland, agricultural fields, and not to mention...a nice grove of roadside cottonwoods and willows.  This can be scanned and checked accurately in a short time frame.  It is part of the farmland, and thankfully can be birded without trespassing due to the fact it's roadside.  When coming south on Highway 85 in the Gila Bend direction, this grove can be seen at a distance.  So what is the migrant gonna think? 

Birding tip:  Just get out and look...

Directions:  The quickest way to access Hazen Road would be to take the Highway 85 exit south toward Gila Bend.  Head south on Highway 85 for about five miles, where Hazen Road is a well signed turnoff signed of as "Hazen Road, Arlington, Old US 80".  Turn right (west) to access Hazen road.  Park anywhere along the road to bird, especially at the tree grove.  W. Hazen Road is about 2 miles in length, ending at Wilson Road to the west.


Hazen Road Map


Scenes and Sights from Hazen Road:


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