New rates effective 10/4/18
- General Public: $8 per person.
- Conservancy Members and Cochise County Residents: $5 per person
- Children under 13: FREE!
- Annual pass to Ramsey Canyon Preserve and Patagonia Sonoita Creek Preserve: $55
- Group visits require prior arrangements. Please call 520-378-2785.
Preserve parking is limited to 27 spaces. These spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no parking along the road below the preserve.
The preserve Visitor Center includes visitor parking, a nature center with a bookstore and hummingbird viewing. Here, visitors may learn about the preserve and its wild residents, the Upper San Pedro River Program, and the Conservancy by viewing interpretive exhibits, shopping in the bookstore, or simply enjoying the beauty of the lower canyon.
Please note, in consideration of canyon wildlife, pets are prohibited in the preserve. However, service animals are permitted. See additional guidelines under the “Preserve Regulations” heading below.
The preserve bookstore has nature-themed merchandise including adult and children’s books, birdwatcing accessories, shirts and decorative items. Proceeds help cover operations costs and conservation work across southeastern Arizona.
Ramsey Canyon Preserve offers guided walks March through November on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturday mornings at 9 a.m. The walks wander up an easy, shady trail and cover the lively natural and cultural history of the canyon. Leaders focus on birds and share information about The Nature Conservancy work here and beyond. Tours last about 2 hours.
The best months for birding at the preserve are April through September. Spring weather is unpredictable, though usually cool and dry. Early summer is generally dry and warm. In July and August, brief afternoon rainstorms can be a daily occurrence. Fall days are cool and bright. Occasional snows from late November through late March bring a dramatic change in the scenery. On average, temperatures at the preserve are 10-15 degrees cooler than those in Tucson.
The diverse wildlife and habitats of Ramsey Canyon may be viewed from the Hamburg Trail. This open-ended route parallels Ramsey Creek through the preserve before climbing 500 feet in a half-mile series of steep switchbacks. These lead to a scenic overlook in the Coronado National Forest one mile from the preserve headquarters. From the overlook, the trail continues upstream and enters the Miller Peak Wilderness Area where it joins other trails.
Sturdy shoes, hat, sunscreen, binoculars and plenty of water.
Want to volunteer at Ramsey Canyon Preserve? Fill out this volunteer application form and email to Debra Arbenz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In consideration of the canyon's plants and animals, and staffing and space limitations, we ask all visitors and guests to observe the following regulations:
- Please ask about policies governing photography before setting up equipment. No buses, trailers, or large RV’s (over 20 feet) can be accommodated in the tight parking lot.
- Smoking, pets, camping, fires, hunting, radios or tape players, collecting, feeding wildlife, motorized vehicles and bicycles are prohibited. Enjoy picnicking at the table near the entrance.
- To preserve the natural character of our lands for our wildlife and the privacy of our visitors, we restrict the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones), whether amateur or commercial, anywhere within this preserve.
Contact preserve manager Peter Leiterman at 520-335-8740 or email him at email@example.com. For information about the gift shop, contact Debbie Arbenze at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 520-378-2785.