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San Pedro RiverThe San Pedro River emerges from just south of Sierra Vista, AZ and flows north for approximately 150 miles where it meets the Gila River. The only river left undammed in the Southwest, it is a major conservation corridor and home to hundreds of species of native and migratory birds and many diverse kinds of wildlife such as beaver and coati. Following are stories of life along this river and the effort to save it. Some of these articles are courtesy of the Friends of the San Pedro River. Please consider joining the conservation effort. If Birdwatching is your interest, please visit our 10 Best Birding Hotspots in Southern Arizona!

In addition to birdwatching, there are several places within the SPRNCA worth visiting. Fairbank is a ghost town on the San Pedro River about 10 miles west of Tombstone.The Murray Springs Clovis Site is where Paleo-Indians camped while hunting large mammals. Not far is a Mammoth-Kill site where these Stone Age people killed and butchered, not only mammoths, but also camels, tapirs, bison, and bear. This they excelled at despite themselves being hunted by such monsters as Sabre-Tooth Tigers.
Below is a list of other San Pedro River stories that might interest you.

Southern Arizona Guide 2015 Tour Schedule

Southern Arizona Guide Tours Schedule April – September 2015 (Dates & Times are Subject To Change.) Other tours, such as our Ruby Ghost Town Tour, will be added from time to time and announced 3-4 weeks in advance. ) For a description of our tours please see our Guided Tours … Continue reading

A Death In Charleston, Arizona Territory

Tombstone Deputy Sheriff Billy Breakenridge

M. Robert Peel Born: Wednesday, May 31, 1854 Died: Saturday, March 25, 1882 (Charleston, Arizona) – gunshot through the heart Interred: Boothill Graveyard, Tombstone, Cochise County, Arizona Occupation: Mineral Surveyor, Mining Engineer Charleston, A.T. (Arizona Territory) was an important Old West town because it was home to the mill workers … Continue reading

Summer on the San Pedro River

Summer on the San Pedro

This is a charming video portraying a high school graduate’s summer spent exploring the San Pedro Riparian and Conservation Area. If you don’t know what the SPRNCA has to offer watch this video. Mike Foster, San Pedro River Videos, is an ardent supporter of the Friends of the San Pedro … Continue reading

Whitewater Draw Comes Alive; Monsoon Season in Arizona

Whitewater Draw Arizona

The Whitewater Draw comes alive in the monsoon season in Southern Arizona northeast of Bisbee. It is a perfect place to hear the calls of many species of frogs and toads. But you have to be quick and timing is everything. This video by Mike Foster, explains the Monsoons, the … Continue reading

The Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

For all you bird watchers out there, spotting the Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo is a real treat. This species is threatened in Arizona, endangered in California and disappearing in other parts of North America. In this lecture, a biologist from the Southern Sierra Research Station goes into great depth about this … Continue reading

Arthropods of the SPRNCA

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The 23rd Southwest Wings Birding and Nature Festival in Sierra Vista is rapidly approaching. Registration for an all day adventure field trip closes July 24. Mike Foster, San Pedro River Videos, is an ardent supporter of the Friends of the San Pedro River which serves to educate people about the … Continue reading

Fairbank: A Ghost Town Slideshow

Fairbank Picnic

Fairbank ghost town (aka Fairbank Historic Townsite) is about a 20 minute drive from Tombstone. It is located along the San Pedro River within the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area. Fairbank was established in 1881 as a depot for the railroad. The town was named for N.K. Fairbank, one … Continue reading

The Return of the Beaver to the San Pedro River

San Pedro River Beaver

The Friends of the San Pedro River and the Bureau of Land Management are working together to restore the beaver population to the Lower San Pedro Riparian Area. Watch this fascinating video, covering the history of the San Pedro and the reestablishment of the beaver population; and how the reintroduction … Continue reading

Cottonwoods: The Largest Trees in Arizona

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Cottonwoods are the largest trees in Arizona. This video, explaining the cottonwood at length is part of an educational series, by the Friends of the San Pedro River. Learn more about how the cottonwood contributes to the ecosystem and protects the San Pedro Riparian Area in this video. Mike Foster, … Continue reading