Places We Protect

Hart Prairie Preserve

Arizona

Aspen trees with golden fall leaves in the foreground with mountain peaks and more fall trees in the background.
Hart Prairie Preserve Fall colors highlight the view from the lodge at Aravaipa Canyon at Hart Prairie Preserve in Arizona. © Neil Chapman/TNC

The world’s largest Bebb willow community is a focus for this historic preserve.

Overview

Description

Surrounded by thousands of acres of cool forest and meadows, the 245-acre preserve is home to uncommon wildflowers, old-growth ponderosa pine, a rare grove of Bebb willows, herds of elk and deer, porcupine, prairie dogs, more than 120 species of birds, and more than 250 plant species.

Hart Prairie Preserve, with its historic lodge and charming guest cabins, was donated to The Nature Conservancy in 1994 by a local family, owners of The Homestead at Hart Prairie, when they discovered that their property held a globally rare community of Bebb willow trees.

Much of the work at the preserve focuses on the Bebb willow community, the largest known in the world. Conservancy staff also works closely with partners at the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Geological Survey, and various departments at Northern Arizona University on ecological restoration activities in the surrounding National Forest.

Access

Limited Access

By appointment only May - October.

Highlights

Hiking, birding, wildlife watching

Size

245 acres

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Photos from Hart Prairie Preserve

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Close up of pink flowers
Snowy trees along the prairie
Aspen trees cover in yellow leaves
Two wooden chairs facing snowy mountains
Squirrel perched on a tree branch
Close up of orange wildflower
An American robin perches on an aspen tree branch
Snow capped mountains with autumn aspen trees changing to yellow in the foreground.
Wood cabin lodge surrounded by aspen trees
Purple flower with water droplets

Visitation 

While the preserve is not open on a daily basis for visitors, access to the preserve is available by reservation. Please contact preserve manager Bob Hoffa at  robert.hoffa@tnc.org to make a reservation.

Meetings & Retreats

Hart Prairie offers intimate retreat facilities for public or private organizations with a focus on land management, conservation, and education and outreach. The facilities are available from late May until mid-October. Contact preserve manager Bob Hoffa at robert.hoffa@tnc.org to learn more.

Preserve History

Conservancy preserves in Arizona share much of the colorful history of the state itself. Located on the western slope of the sacred San Francisco Peaks near Flagstaff Arizona, Hart Prairie is an oasis of beauty and grandeur distinguished by its history of rigorous land stewardship and restoration ecology.  The property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Nation's official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation. Its recordable history is a fascinating one that began centuries ago. Learn more.

Get Involved

Learn more about volunteer opportunities at Hart Prairie Preserve.