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Tucson Region Birding Locations

For full southeast Arizona birding information including directions to these locations, we recommend our new Finding Birds in Southeast Arizona, 2015 (Revised 8th Edition), Tucson Audubon's complete reference for birding in southeast Arizona.

NEW! Check out our online Tucson Birding Trail Map at tucsonaudubon.org/tucsonbirdtrail. Find info on 45 birding locations in and around Tucson, separated by habitat type! Pick up a FREE printed copy at our Nature Shops.

Accessible Tucson Birding Locations

Urban Tucson—West Side

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Take Speedway west from I-10 or Kinney Road from Ajo Way. This is a must-see! All exhibits are live, and there are aviaries for desert birds and hummingbirds.

SweetwaterKennedy Park
Mission Road and Ajo Way. Lake, some tules, migrating waterfowl.

Saguaro National Park West
Continue past the Desert Museum. Visitor Center, trails, rangers.

Sweetwater Wetlands
Artificial wetland associated with the Roger Road Wastewater Treatment Plant.
See map of the site and additional info

Pima County Kino Environmental Restoration Project (KERP)
Flood control basins. Near East Ajo and Kino Parkway.
Additional info

Pima County Wastewater Treatment facilities. Bird Watching Opportunities and Protocols for all Tucson area facilities.

Urban Tucson—Northwest Side

Catalina State Park
Oracle Road, six miles north of Ina Road. Picnic and camping sites, trails, ranger on duty. Fee charged. Lush desert habitat. Birding trail.

Tohono Chul Park
Near the northwest corner of intersection of Ina and Oracle Roades. Accessible by Suntran Bus. Desert park with nature trail. Fee.

Silverbell Pond (County Park)
West on Camino del Cerro (Ruthrauff Road) from I-10; south on Silverbell Road to park.

Urban Tucson—Northeast Side

sabinocreekMount Lemmon
Take Catalina Highway northeast from Tanque Verde Road. For desert and mountain species, stop at picnic and campgrounds (Molina Basin, Bear Canyon, Rose Canyon Lake and others) as you drive the narrow, winding road to high elevations.

Sabino Canyon
Trails, pond, visitor center, guided walks, tram. For information call 749-3223.

Urban Tucson—East Side

Agua Caliente Park
Northeast corner of Soldier Trail and Roger Road. For information call 882-2690 (County Parks Department). Site of Tucson Audubon's second Nature Shop. Find more info.

Atturbury Wash in Lincoln Park
Near Escalante and Pantano. Intact desert wash. Tucson Adudbon has conducted habitat restoration on site. More info on the project.

Tanque Verde Wash
North of Speedway on Wentworth. Park and walk along the wash. Riparian zone with large cottonwoods and willows.

Saguaro National Park East
22nd Street east of Old Spanish Trail, which runs southeast to Monument. Scenic Drive, visitor center, trails, picnic grounds. Fee.

Tucson Botanical Gardens
Offers bird and gardening tours Tues. 9-9:45 a.m. (free with cost of admission). 326-9686

maderaSouth of Tucson

Madera Canyon
Oak-pine woodlands up to conifer forest. Nature programs and bird walks. (520) 625-8746

Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve
Tall cottonwoods and willows line a perenial stream. Owned and managed by the Nature Conservancy, 520 394-2400.

East of Tucson

San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area
One of America's premier birding areas, it includes 40 miles of the San Pedro River's gallery forest of cottonwoods and willows. 520 439-6428.

Ramsey Canyon Preserve
Lush canyon in the Huachuca mountains is one of America's best sites for hummingbirds with 14 species recorded. Owned and managed by the Nature Conservancy, 520 378-2785.

Cave Creek Canyon/Portal
One of the most scenic and birdy canyons in southeast Arizona. Perenial water and access to coniferous forest in the Chiricahua mountains, 520 364-3468.

North of Tucson

Boyce-Thompson Arboretum
Located 90 minutes north of Tucson. See recent bird sightings at the Arboretum, and directions.