Welcome to Go Wild in Globe-Miami!

Explore your wild side amid the beautiful country, fascinating wildlife and unexplored treasures of southern Gila County.

Globe-Miami Adventures Right Here in Town

Sometimes we are so comfortable in our routine that we forget to look past our everyday habits. Are you dreaming of your next vacation to some exotic locale? Why wait…when right here in our own backyard, there are a multitude of hiking, biking, wildlife watching and photography opportunities?

The Round Mountain Park is a municipal park in Globe that offers well-maintained trails that rarely have more than a few hikers at a time. The trails range in difficulty from easy to strenuous, but all offer stupendous views, a variety of wildflowers and cactus and if you take your time, opportunities to see wildlife in their natural habitat. Round Mountain has restrooms and a visitor center with a large map of the trails. The park can be accessed by turning left onto South Street from US 60 (if coming from the west); go through the Maple Street intersection and continue up the hill until the road dead ends at the park entrance.

History buffs will thoroughly enjoy the Old Dominion Historic Mine Park in Globe. Easy trails welcome walkers and bike riders and interpretive signage along the trails brings the history of this former copper mine alive. The signs feature old photos, facts and early newspaper articles about the company, one of the early copper mines that helped Arizona prosper. See the foundations from early buildings, use the head frame as background for that ‘perfect’ picture and enjoy the sweeping views from the various overlooks. The OD Park can be reached by turning onto Murphy Street at DeMarco’s Restaurant (a quarter mile east of the chamber offices at 1360 N. Broad Street). Bear to the left and cross the railroad tracks, the park entrance is on your left just past the tracks.  Visitors will be able to drive in to park in the designated area, but no vehicles are allowed into the park itself. The park is open from 6 am to 6 pm and has restrooms, picnic ramadas and benches along the trails.

Stop by the Globe-Miami Chamber of Commerce office for maps and directions.  Staff and volunteers there can tell you where to start up the hiking trails that ascend through Ice House, Six Shooter or Kellner Canyons (or stop by the Forest Service Ranger Station, 7680 S. Six Shooter Canyon Road, where maps are also available).

For information on accessing any of these areas, call the Globe-Miami Regional Chamber of Commerce office  at 928-425-4495.

Go Wild Image 1

Go Wild Image 2

Watchable Wildlife in Globe's Pinal Mountains

Ever seen a coatimundi? How 'bout a Magnificent Hummingbird, Abert's Squirrel or Coues Whitetail Deer? Our own Pinal Mountain range here in Globe has some of the most scenic hiking trails you'll find in Arizona; for those who can't hike the scenic drive up along Forest Road 651 is accessible by car and takes you all the way to 7,800 foot Signal Peak. Birdwatchers, mountain bikers and fall foliage photographers from the Valley all list the Pinals among their favorite spots --if you haven't explored this local treasure, you're overdue to walk the trails and smell the Ponderosa Pine scented air!

Stop by the Globe-Miami Chamber of Commerce office for maps and directions, staff and volunteers there can tell you where to start up the hiking trails that ascend through Ice House, Six-Shooter or Kellnew Canyons (or stop by the Forest Service Ranger Station, trail maps are available there, too). Bring binoculars and your camera - a December hiker reported two young Coatis that scampered up a tree above the creek that parallels the Six-Shooter Canyon trail, and colorful birds such as Spotted Towhee and Black-throated Gray Warbler. What's a Coati, you ask? A woodland cousin to our more familiar raccoon, these small brown omnivores have expanded their range since the 1800s, moving northwards from Mexico, and now inhabit Arizona mountain ranges including the Pinals. They're agile at tree climing and will scamper up a nearby Ponderosa Pine if they feel threatened - stamping their feet and huffing to express their displeasure at intruding hikers and dogs once they've reached the  safety of a branch high above the forest floor.

Watchable Wildlife is more than just a peaceful pastime for local residents and out-of-town visitors: it can mean significant tourism dollars to a commnunity such as Globe, where local restaurants and motels host visiting birders and photographers. Scottsdale pro photographer Lisa Langell reported getting her first-ever photos of a Painted Redstart here a few months ago (just below the Sulfide Del Rey camping area along FR 651); while another photo instructor posted images of the iridescent Magnificent Hummingbird that frequents summertime nectar feeders at a cabin above Ferndell. Flowers and fall color? The Pinals have both: with golden columbine, red penstmones and blue lupines along the graded dirt mountain roads each spring - giving way to colorful aspen and maple trees luring leaf-peepers each October.