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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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Great place, make sure to pick the right time to visit

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Showing 156: English reviews
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

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 

Thank Steven-and-Wen
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week 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 1 week 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 

Thank Stephen F
Rock Island, Illinois, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
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 

Thank 543Jacqueline
Oslo, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
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
Ligonier, Pennsylvania
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171 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

In winter a fine stroll,a taste of new mexico, helpful volunters. In a couple of hours get your outdoor fix. Don't miss the little garden to see lots of birds, we saw bluebirds.

Thank jim m
laconia, nh
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144 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

What an informative and lovely park. There was a husband/wife docent team as well that were extremely friendly and helpful and a real joy to visit with. The layout is great and the newer section is very well done. Located in a gorgeous section of Santa Fe I would rate this a do-not-miss.

Thank jwredlabel
Hendersonville, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

This center is easy to find and not far from downtown Santa Fe -- just get on Canyon Road and follow it to the end. It is well worth the drive -- especially in October when the autumn color is at its finest. Be forewarned -- bring good walking shoes.

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