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Accessible Birding Sites in Tucson

  • accessible birding logoReid Park: Ponds, waterfowl, paved and dirt paths
  • KERP at Sam Lena Park: Ponds, surrounding native vegetation, paved bike path
  • Lisa Frank Burrowing Owl spot: Can be birded from vehicle
  • Tohono Chul Park: Botanical gardens, paved paths
  • Atturbury Wash: Desert wash with good trees, dirt paths
  • Fort Lowell Park: Pond with large trees, dirt and grass paths
  • Evergreen cemetery: Large trees, flat grass
  • Greasewood Park: Native Sonoran desert, paved nature trail
  • Kennedy Park: Two large ponds, dirt paths, can be uneven in places
  • Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum: amazing place to learn about the desert! Paved and dirt paths, some hills though
  • Sweetwater Wetlands: Water treatment plant with ponds surrounded by native vegetation, paved and dirt paths (Wednesday bird walk)
  • Santa Cruz river path near Cortaro Rd., look into cottonwoods and willows along river, paved bike path
  • Sabino Canyon: native desert vegetation, paved road, flat until you reach the canyon, costs $
  • Mt. Lemmon: road that goes from desert to fir trees in 27 miles, some short paved paths but mostly dirt trails, good birding right from parking lots
  • Agua Caliente Park: Pond with surrounding desert vegetation, paved and dirt paths (Thursday bird walk)
  • Madera Canyon: road that goes up into the oaks, some paved nature trails, mostly dirt, can be hilly, a few locations with bird feeders and seating

Our Where to Bird page has info on a lot of these sites. Also, our Finding Birds in Southeast Arizona book has additional information, including directions and birds you can see. Stop by our Nature Shop when you’re in town to pick up a copy, and also to get our FREE Tucson Birding Trail Map that has 45 sites around Tucson.

There is also a good website that deals with accessible birding sites in Arizona,

Important resources to help you plan a trip to southeast Arizona:


Tucson Audubon Society
300 E University Blvd. #120 Tucson, AZ 85705

Mason Center
3835 W Hardy Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85742

Paton Center for Hummingbirds
477 Pennsylvania Ave.
Patagonia, AZ 85624
520 415-6447