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“I saw a coati mundi!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ramsey Canyon Preserve

Ramsey Canyon Preserve
27 E. Ramsey Canyon Road, Hereford, Sierra Vista, AZ 85615
520-378-2785
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Ranked #1 of 14 Attractions in Sierra Vista
Type: Canyons, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Activities: Birdwatching
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Owner description: Best known for its 14 species of hummingbirds, Ramsey Canyon requires reservations on the weekend from the Nature Conservancy.
central pennsylvania
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“I saw a coati mundi!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

Loved all the birds, nice visitor area. Hummingbirds galore and lots and lots of other birds and wildlife. Loved this spot.

Visited May 2012
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Dubuque, Iowa
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“OK start, Great/Rewarding End”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

We arrived at Ramsey Canyon at 10 AM on Friday and there was plenty of parking to our pleasant surprise. The lady at the office gave us a map and a kids activity sheet and indicated the hike to the top was 1 mile. So off we went. No hummingbirds or butterflies at the feeders. My boys complained about the hike (they wanted to play video games instead) for a while then the hike got serious. The last part of the hike ascends very steep and is quite exhausting but the shade from the trees is glorious. You don't feel like you're in Arizona at all. Don't under estimate the trail, the elevation goes from 5500 ft to 6200 ft in a mile.
We made it to the top then came down quickly. This time we came upon a small group of birders who found a hummingbird nest and we saw our first hummingbird. My boys explored the nearby stream a bit and found butterflies and lizards. Then we came back to the hummingbird feeders and Sandy, a volunteer, visited with us and within 10 minutes we saw 5 different kinds of hummingbirds - Anna's, Rufous, Broad Billed, Magnificent and Black Chinned. Great reward for a tough hike. Would recommend without hesitation. Note: the elegant trogon wasn't here yet, still waiting for their return.

Visited April 2013
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Franklin Grove, Illinois
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“Great place to go”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

The Ramsey Canyon Preserve is owned and operated by The Nature Conservancy. The staff was very nice and hospitable. The trail was excellently maintained and peaceful. The overlook at the top is excellent. If desired, the trail connects to the trail system in the Huachuca Mountains. The only bad thing was the Preserve doesn't open until 8 am (I like to start my hiking at the crack of dawn.) There is a $5 fee ($3 for Nature Conservancy members) but I don't mind paying since I am a big fan of what TNC does. Also, there are only 23 parking spots so you may want to go early during peak season. Well worth the hike.

Visited March 2013
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Saskatoon, Canada
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“Great Canyon, Awesome staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

This experience did not disappoint in any way. The park staff were super friendly, very knowledgeable and eager to answer any questions. The season was not ideal for birding but we still saw some and we enjoyed the hike to the top, about one mile. There is some elevation gain but there are numerous benches to rest at. The first half mile of trail along the creek has huge sycamore trees, some dated over 250 years old. We didn't find the hike too strenuous but good footwear is recommended. There is a $5.00 per person fee which is good for one week, we felt this was well worth it. We have encountered so many friendly people along the trails sharing the same experiences and happy to chat for awhile. So nice to see these parks are very much appreciated.

Visited February 2013
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Sierra Vista, Arizona
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“Good hiking with baby in a carrier”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

The landscape is so different from its surroundings, cool and green and with deer grazing nearby. Tried the trek with an all-terrain stroller but eventually decided it would be a lot better to sit my baby in a carrier, as the terrain is decidedly rough and can be steep in places.
Good fun, and the ticket is valid for a week :)

Visited February 2013
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