Southern Arizona Sights

Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge

  • AZ 286 Map It
  • Sasabe
  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

Published 11/18/2015

Fodor's Review

Bird-watchers consider Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge unique because it's the only place in the United States where they can see a "grand slam" (four species) of quail: Montezuma quail, Gambel's quail, scaled quail, and masked bobwhite. If it rains, the 100-acre Aguirre Lake, 1½ miles north of the headquarters, attracts wading birds, shorebirds, and waterfowl—in all, more than 320 avian species have been spotted here. The quail share the turf with deer, coati, badgers, bobcats, and mountain lions. Touring options include a 10-mile auto tour; nature trails; a 3¾-mile guided hike in Brown Canyon (second and fourth Saturdays, or call to arrange other dates for private groups); a boardwalk through the marshes at Arivaca Cienega; and guided bird walks, also at Arivaca Cienega (November–April, Saturday at 8). Admission and guided bird walks are free; Brown Canyon hikes cost $5. Pick up maps at the visitor center.

Sight Information


AZ 286, at mile marker 7.5, Sasabe, Arizona, 85633, USA

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Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Refuge daily 24 hrs. Visitor center: Sept.–May, daily 7:30–4; June–Aug., weekdays 7:30–4

Published 11/18/2015


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