A 15-mile segment of Bonita Creek and 23 miles of the Gila River have been included in this special natural area designated by Congress. Bonita Creek popular for birding and picnicking is lined with large cottonwoods, sycamores, and willows. Cliff dwellings, historic homesteads, Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, and over 200 species of birds make this cool year-round desert oasis worth the short drive from Safford.