This week the sheep were on the trail near Cottonwood on their annual trek to the summer grazing on parts of the national forest in the northern part of the state. The sheep had already walked about three weeks when a hiking club and my husband and I caught up with them on Monday. Tuesday, they were moved across the Verde River and will continue their trek until June 1st when they will be allowed to be on the national forest for the summer. Sheep ranchers pay the forest service to help keep a healthy forest by their sheep eating the tall grass and undergrowth that leads to worst forest fires. This should be a free service to grazing animal owners! If you put your mouse over each picture you can see the captions.