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Randall Davey Audubon Center

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Address: Upper Canyon Rd., Santa Fe, NM 87501
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+1 505-983-4609
08:00 - 16:00
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Mon - Sat 08:00 - 16:00

This 135-acre nature sanctuary serves as the state office and educational...

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.

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Nature in middle of Santa Fe

We visited during the middle of the day. Very good trains in the hills just outside of Santa Fe. Weather pleasant; some ice on trails, but not a major problem.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Clarke C
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited during the middle of the day. Very good trains in the hills just outside of Santa Fe. Weather pleasant; some ice on trails, but not a major problem.

Thank Clarke C
Barrington, Illinois
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The trails were muddy, unkept, poorly marked. We've been to many across the country and this was very disappointing

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Friday afternoons 2pm a private tour of the home is conducted, which has been left mostly unchanged since he died in the 60s. Saturday mornings 8:30 audobon-led birdwatch tours definitely a must to learn to identify the many beautiful birds in the area.

Thank LindaN22
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We are young enthusiastic birders. We visited this place in early February in the mid-morning. It was quite cold and we did not see many birds on the main trail (perhaps due to not arriving in the early morning or the time of year). We had more luck exploring the area near the river and the road leading up to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well groomed and well marked hiking trails, peaceful and saw lots of birds. Also, staff provided helpful maps of area and also recommended Nature Conservancy down the road.

Thank Jespercedar
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

At least 100 years ago, Randall Davey, a young painter of independent means, selected this site at the entrance of the Santa Fe Canyon, where Canyon first turns to a dirt road and the winds into the mountains, for his residence. He had to buy a lumber mill in order to proceed, and upon his death turned it all over... More 

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Rock Island, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent 5 days in Santa Fe and this was my favorite part. It was free to go here and we spent a few hours walking the trails. They were a little muddy but overall it was perfect. We never saw any other people and it was very quiet and serene. We only saw a handful of birds - robins... More 

Thank Mindy M
Paris, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

We hiked the loop starting from the right branch of the path. That part is not difficule but it is hot and sunny and might tire people not used to the weather in Santa Fe. At the top of the path you get a reward, a river and then a shady flowery downward path. We didn't see a single bird... More 

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Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

Pleasant environment with lots of info on birding. Trailhead for nice year round nature walk and other hikes nearby. Fossils abound. Also nice venue for events.

Thank jihiro
Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016

The center is at the end of a slightly winding road but has good parking and is very well organized. The trails behind the center area steady but easy walk (the initial steps can be a little challenging) and offer outstanding views. When it snows, the center has some of the best back-country snow shoeing, just minutes out of town.

Thank Michael W

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