If you want to explore the outdoors and have the chance to spot some wildlife, this 135-acre nature cemetery is the place. We like to cool off here on hot city days and with its slightly higher elevation (7,500 feet) in the National Forest the temps are milder. Follow two hiking trails through piñon and juniper (half mile loop) or into a canyon (3 miles for the full round-trip), or just sit in the gardens and watch the hummingbirds. Around 130 species of bird have been spotted at the sanctuary (borrow binoculars at the visitor center) and black bear, mule deer, and coyote. Activities include Saturday guided bird walks and tours of artist Randall Davey’s historic home on Friday (other days by arrangement). There’s also a nature store with gifts. It’s about 5 miles from the Plaza via Canyon Road to Upper Canyon; the last third of a mile is unpaved.
- Open Hours: Monday to Saturday from 08:00 AM to 04:00 PM
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