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“Disappointing” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Randall Davey Audubon Center

Randall Davey Audubon Center
Upper Canyon Rd., Santa Fe, NM 87501
505/983-4609
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Ranked #17 of 94 Attractions in Santa Fe
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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Owner description: This 135-acre nature sanctuary serves as the state office and educational center for the National Audubon Society, which offers education programs and free natural history and birding walks throughout the year.
Delaware, Ohio, United States
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36 reviews 36 reviews
18 attraction reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

We had a good, short hike here but saw very few birds. I guess they weren't in the mood to be out. The bird feeders close to the visitor's center had more birds than were on the hike.

Visited May 2013
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Chicago
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6 attraction reviews
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“Good for families with kids”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

This was a pretty little find: nice trails and information. Right outside the gate is access to the Santa Fe Preserve, a Nature Conservancy spot for light hiking, walks, so you can do both places easily. Good for an easy walk, bird watching, time with kids.

Visited June 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Hiking”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

There were very friendly folks who worked there and it is a beautiful area for hiking and not at all crowded, we actually found the out of the way trails were more crowded.

Visited March 2013
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Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
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“High Desert Walking Adventure”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

My wife and I visited the center on a 85 degree day that had a substantial breeze. As non Audobon members, we paid a total of $4 for admission, which was quite reasonable. We spoke with a gentleman in the gift shop for about 15 minutes and he showed us a diagram of the trails, but there isn't a guide that is available for a visitor to take with them. One thing that we thought was lame was that the Randall Davey home is only open on a Friday afternoon. Seriously? How about charging another dollar and making it available on weekend days? Still, it was interesting to look around the Randall Davey home and view from the outside.

Between the gift shop and the house is a cortyard where a variety of wildlife can be viewed. Please be considerate of others that are birdwatching or photographing wildlife - enter the courtyard quietly. Someone's discussion of a personal dilemma seemed to be more important than me getting to see a couple of mule deer (which I have not ever seen before - did get one picture). We also saw some birds and numerous Abert squirrels. Again, much more enjoyable if people can speak more quietly.

Bring water to drink as this is a trail in the high desert. You will be in the sun most of the time and the area is currently in a drought (I thought a desert was a permanant drought?). The trail requires walking up the side of a mountain. There is a basic loop trail, or one can take a trail off into Bear Canyon for a longer hike into a national park nearby. There are benches along the trail for resting and viewing. There is a covered sitting area at the top of the trail loop.There is the possibility of encountering a rattlesnake, or other dangerous animals, so I recommend carrying a rock, or two, in case you need to scare one away.

TIP: Even though it looks like you are lost, keep following the road and you will arrive at the audobon center.

Visited May 2013
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Rhode Island
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“Lovely place for a walk”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

This is a small center with some really nice walks through the terrain. Bring binoculars and bird watch - lots of hummers!

Visited May 2013
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