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Ramsey Canyon Preserve
Ramsey Canyon Preserve Review
Managed by the Nature Conservancy, Ramsey Canyon Preserve marks the convergence of two mountain and desert systems: this spot is the northernmost limit of the Sierra Madre and the southernmost limit of the Rockies, and it's at the edge of the Chihuahuan and Sonoran deserts. Visitors to this world-famous bird-watching hot spot train their binoculars skyward hoping to catch a glimpse of some of the preserve's most notable inhabitants. Painted redstarts nest, and 14 magnificent species of hummingbirds congregate here from spring through autumn—the jewels of this pristine habitat. Even for nonbirders, the beauty of the canyon makes this a destination in its own right. The rare stream-fed, sycamore-maple riparian corridor provides a lush contrast to the desert highlands at the base of the mountains. Guided hikes begin at 9 am Monday, Thursday, and Saturday from March through October. Stop at the visitor center for maps and books on the area's natural history, flora, and fauna. To get here, take AZ 92 south from Sierra Vista for 6 miles, turn right on Ramsey Canyon Road, and then go 4 miles to the preserve entrance. Admission is good for seven days.
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