We're sorry, but the winter/spring 2022-2023 birding season availability is very limited. There is a U.S. Forest Service Visitor Center open daily which can suggest the best birding areas. For more area information, visit Friends of Cave Creek Canyon.

Guided Birding & Nature Outings

Join our expert local Guides!

Contact: Naturalist Journeys
Toll free: 866-900-1146
Email: travel@naturalistjourneys.com

On our team regularly are Elaine Moisan and when in the region, Peg Abbott, owner of Naturalist Journeys. At times other guides from our company may be available but for 2022-2023 it is going to be tight. (Pricing is based on time, and is the same price for 1-4 persons)

  • Three-quarter day $250 (6-7 hours – our most popular option)
  • Short Half-day 1-4 persons: $160 (4-5 hours)
  • Full-day $300 (8 hours or longer) Note, you can extend a ¾ or half as its great birding and you want to continue, as long as the guide is available, this pricing will then apply

Note: for the higher Chiricahuas, including Mexican Chickadee, Red-faced and other warblers, a ¾ or full day is highly recommended.

Friends, families or groups traveling together may elect to have additional persons (+$20 pp) but we normally limit outings to 4 plus the guide. We encourage car-pooling to use one vehicle. Meeting location is typically at the Portal Store or Cave Creek Ranch or SWRS, this can be worked out with your guide. Winter outings often depart from the Portal Store, or the Chiricahua Desert Museum to focus on open-country birds.

Join us to seek out area bird specialties and share knowledge about the region’s fantastic biodiversity. Along with birds we look for Javelina, Coatimundi, wildflowers, scenic vistas and more.

Photography can be accommodated on a private booking, but please talk with your guide so they understand your interest and level.

Payment may be made by check or credit card – for the latter we send you a secure link via email.

Photo credits: Elegant Trogon by Tom Dove.


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