Southern Arizona

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Southern Arizona - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Ramsey Canyon Preserve

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Managed by the Nature Conservancy, Ramsey Canyon Preserve marks the convergence of two mountain and desert systems: this spot is the northernmost...Read More

  • 2. Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    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...Read More

  • 3. Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    This 860,000-acre national wildlife refuge, about 5 miles (a 10-minute drive) from Ajo, was established in 1939 as a preserve for endangered...Read More

  • 4. Imperial National Wildlife Refuge

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    A guided, volunteer-led tour is a good way to visit this wildlife refuge and birder's paradise. The peak seasons for bird-watching are spring...Read More

  • 5. Nature Conservancy Patagonia–Sonoita Creek Preserve

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    At the Nature Conservancy Patagonia–Sonoita Creek Preserve, 1,350 acres of cottonwood-willow riparian habitat are protected along the Patagonia...Read More

  • 6. San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    The San Pedro River, partially rerouted underground by an 1887 earthquake, may not look like much, but it sustains an impressive array of flora...Read More

  • 7. Willcox Playa

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    If you visit in winter, you can see some of the more than 10,000 sandhill cranes that roost at the Willcox Playa, a 37,000-acre area resembling...Read More

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