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“Nature at its best” 5 of 5 stars
Review of San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area

San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area
1763 Paseo San Luis, Hereford, AZ 85635
520-458-3559
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Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Hereford
Activities: Birdwatching
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Owner description: One of the prime birdwatching areas in Arizona, where visitors can see up to 500 species of birds.
boulder, colorado
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“Nature at its best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

December is probably not the best time for birds, but it was still good. We followed several paths from different locations skirting the river and appreciated the quiet and natural beauty of each. The main center with its feeders provided the best birds and easiest paths to follow, but the other paths along the river are great for solitude. The river constantly changes it course thus trying to stay close to the river demands more inventive routing which adds to the fun.

Visited December 2013
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Gold Canyon, Arizona
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“Fun and Educational”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

The Riparian Center is a lush area that has a number of trails for hiking that are terrific for bird watching , photography and viewing different Eco systems. The San Pedro riverbed is a rich source of nourishment for the conservation and the numerous birds and other wildlife in the area. Numerous hummingbirds and song birds can e found in this vast area. Wildflowers are abundant and some of the largest cottonwood trees we have ever seen.
A bonus on our visit was to watch hummingbirds being captured and banded. This was done by a group of volunteers that belong to an organization by the name of SABO.
There is also gift/book store at the San Pedro House that has a wide variety of items for purchase including books, hats, shirts, cards, hummingbird feeders, etc.

Visited September 2013
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Bozeman, Montana
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“Birds Galore!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

This is a great place to observe birds that are transitory and permanent. There are many species and there is activity well into the night and again very early in the morning. Even the bats were entertaining.

Visited June 2013
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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“nice hiking in the desert”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

pleasant hiking in the shade of trees lining San Pedro River, but it still is hot and dry -- bring plenty of water!

Visited May 2013
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Peoria, Arizona
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“San Pedro River exploration!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

Starting at the San Pedro house on Highway 90:
They do Hummingbird banding behind the house. You can adopt a bird and they will let you release them back into the wild. When you adopt, they send you an email with updates on the hummingbird every time it is recaptured. They also do many organised hikes and walks here (but I have not done any of them). Check the Sierra Vista Events Calendar for more info: http://www.sierravistaaz.gov/egov/apps/events/calendar.egov?fDD=21-0
At the front of the house, there is a metal box with maps for the trails. If you grab one of these, you can find your way to Kingfisher Pond. I had been hiking down by the river for many years before I found this magical map. I can not believe I never bumped into this pond before! Some people fish and hunt frogs at this little pond. Sometimes I see a tent out there but I don't know if that's legal. :) It is a really fun little hike with kids. It isn't a hard walk and makes for a great little family adventure. It's wonderful in the summer because it's cooler by the water and all of the dragonflies, fish, tadpoles and frogs are out and about.
I came across a tree stump that had clearly been etched away at by a beaver. I have never seen a beaver for myself down here, though. During one hike, I saw a lot of interesting spiders but, other than that and plenty of birds and deer, I haven't seen any other creatures. Remember to take bug spray especially int the summer or you will be driven insane by mosquitoes and gnats. If you stick by the river, your walk will be nice and cool.

Visited August 2012
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