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Palo Verde Ecological Reserve
End of 2nd Ave
Blythe, CA 92225
Recreation Area, Wildlife Mgt Area, Wildlife Preserve: Birding, Hike, Hunting, Wildlife
The Palo Verde Ecological Reserve is an approximately 1,900 acre property. The subject topography is generally flat and has sandbar cottonwood, willow and mesquite riparian habitat along the eastern edge of the river. Prominent species include the southwestern willow flycatcher, yellow-billed cuckoo, Gila woodpecker, Gilder flicker, Yuma clapper rail, California black rail, bonytail chub, razorback sucker and the desert tortoise.
The property was largely active farmland and has been placed into permanent habitat. The purpose of this project is to protect riparian habitat supporting threatened and endangered species, and protect an important linkage from the Colorado River to the Colorado Desert. The property was designated as an ecological reserve by the Fish and Game Commission in 2007.
Note from a friend of Palo Verde: “Hiking is allowed and camping too, as long as there is no mess left over and no fires in the forest. The road along 2nd Ave gets rough after the first mile, but after 2 more miles on dirt road you’ll be at the forest and a stone throw from the mighty Colorado for swimming and fishing, four wheeler not necessary.”