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Canyon Towhee by Mick Thompson

Altar Valley/Old Hayhook Ranch

Registration fee: $35/member, $50/non-member*

Complete Covid-19 vaccination is required as carpooling is necessary.
Trip difficulty: Moderate; Walking Distance: ~3 miles; Trip Duration: return by noonish; Elevation Gain: none; Ground Condition: old road and few trails, some walking through desert scrub. No established restrooms on site.
Another scenic and under-birded area relatively close to Tucson, this retired ranch was originally purchased by Pima County as a conservation offset.  It has a mix of Sonoran and Chihuahuan vegetation which is attractive to a variety of bird species, including Ferruginous Pygmy-Owls, Gilded Flickers, and several species of sparrows.  We’ll explore this area on the west side of the valley, driving in via King Anvil Ranch access and then walking in along an old road.  Wear good walking shoes, and bring a small pack with water and snacks.  Limited to 11 participants.  Instructions for meet-up will be emailed before trip to registered participants.
Leader: Tim Helentjaris,

*Why does this field trip cost money? Your generous support helps us to continue to offer an exceptional array of field trips and programming for the community.


Header Image: Canyon Towhee by Mick Thompson

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6:00 am - 12:00 pm

Trip Features

All Levels,
Outside Tucson,
Paid Trip
Altar Valley


Altar Valley


Tim Helentjaris

Volunteer Field Trip Leader