Whitewater Draw, in the Sulfur Springs Valley of Arizona, is a state wildlife area managed by the Arizona Game and Fish Department. It is best known as a winter roosting area for tens of thousands of Sandhill Cranes. Formerly a cattle ranch, it was purchased by the state of Arizona in 1997 and improvements were made to enhance the habitat for wildlife management. Marsh areas are especially rare in Arizona, and today Whitewater Draw provides critical habitat for the cranes, many species of waterfowl, raptors and upland birds, as well as a long list of mammal species.