If you are a nature enthusiast you have no further to go than Sierra Vista. Sierra Vista, the closest city to Ramsey Canyon and the San Pedro Riparian Area lays claim to the title, “The Hummingbird Capital of the U.S.” and it may very well be.
On a Sunday in late June (2013), we left Tucson and headed south to Parker Canyon Lake via the San Rafael Valley. The mountains surrounding the rolling grasslands of the San Rafael Valley are the headwaters of our Santa Cruz River. … Continue reading
On a pleasant Sunday in early May, 2013, Ms. Karen, my mother-in-law Judy, and I traveled from Tucson to Carr & Ramsey Canyons south of Sierra Vista. Our principle goal was to attend a 2 PM performance by Dolan Ellis, the Official Arizona State Balladeer at the Arizona Folklore Preserve. Along the way we enjoyed several beautiful places that most folks don’t even know about.Continue reading
We wholeheartedly recommend Casa de San Pedro Bed & Breakfast whether you’re a birdwatcher or just want to hike in the cool shade of the big trees along the San Pedro River. Karl & Patrick are terrific innkeepers. The grounds are very pleasant. And it’s located within a stones throw of the last remaining free-flowing river in Southern Arizona. The rooms are just a normal-size bedroom & bath but all 10 open to a beautiful courtyard where there are plenty of tables & chairs. Also not far are two Clovis archeological sites. These are as close as you’re likely to get to the Pleistocene Epoch and the Paleo-Indians who hunted the now extinct giant bison, twice the size of today’s “buffalo”, and humongous mammoths that were larger than an African elephant. To view my original post on how I came to discover this Southern Arizona treasure, click HERE. For a … Continue reading
The month of April we featured The Friends of the Huachuca Mountains, who open the Carr House seasonally for your education and enjoyment. Watch the Video. Carr House opened April 27th, 2013 and will remain open until October, 2013. See the event calendar for their Sunday Afternoon Programs.
The Santa Cruz River is about 184 miles long. It begins in the high grasslands of the San Rafael Valley east of Patagonia, AZ. At first, it runs south into Sonora Mexico for several miles before it changes its mind andContinue reading
An amateur photographer, Francie Hills is a retired teacher from New Hampshire who currently lives in Sierra Vista. We first saw Francie’s photographs at the San Pedro House, the visitor center operated by Friends of the San Pedro River. This 57,000 acre preserve protects one of the last remaining year-round free-flowing rivers in Arizona. People have lived in this area for at least 11,000 years. Here you will find pleasant hiking trails, dozens of bird species, a ghost town, and an archeological site. … Continue reading
For all you Ghost Town fanatics. On Sunday, January 27, 2013, the Friends of San Pedro River conducted a Members-only guided hike to Charleston Ruins. Charleston was a town on the west bank of the San Pedro River, directly across from Millville, which processed ore from Tombstone. When the mines in Tombstone were flooded with water, the towns met their demise. Docent Richard Bauer and local author John D. Rose guide the hikes. Mr. Bauer is an expert on local history, while Mr. Rose has recently published two books (available at San Pedro House and Fairbank Schoolhouse) on the history of the San Pedro River Valley and is an authority on Tombstone, Charleston, and other early settlements along the river. Charleston was perhaps the wildest of the local ghost towns. This easy hike is just over four miles, takes around three hours, and entails one river crossing. Non-members can join … Continue reading
Fairbank is a Southern Arizona ghost town, and one of the best preserved, thanks to numerous conservation efforts. It’s located in the San Pedro Riparian Conservation Area about 10 miles west of Tombstone. Here conservation efforts have saved the San Pedro River, a haven for dozens of species of critters and birds.Continue reading
The story of the Coronado Expeditions is one of bravery, perseverance, high adventure, faith, and incredible greed. Between hiking trails and scenic back roads, we can retrace their historic route.Continue reading
This video is an excellent portrayal of the elusive Coati and their habitat. Great footage with an environmental pitch at the end. You can try your hand at spotting one in the wild at the San Pedro Riparian area or visit them at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.
Brought to you by the Friends of the San Pedro River.