TRAIL CLOSURES: To comply with the Santa Fe National Forest closure of all trails at 8:00 am on Friday, June 1st, the Randall Davey Audubon Center & Sanctuary will close all access to hiking trails. The Center's perimeter grounds and gardens as well as scheduled bird walks, Davey house tours, and other events remain open and operational. Call us at (505) 983-4609 for more information.
Planning to visit us? Check out the current weather at our Center. During winter months, please call ahead if you have questions about whether or not the Audubon Center will be open. Occasionally, hazardous driving conditions force us to close for the day or to delay opening in the morning. Please contact us at (505) 983-4609 with any questions.
Located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the Randall Davey Audubon Center & Sanctuary encompasses 135 acres of striking landscapes and wildlife. Bounded by thousands of acres of National Forest and Santa Fe River Watershed land, the Center and Sanctuary provides a peaceful sanctuary for native plants, a variety of local wildlife and our visitors. Ranging from common to rare, approximately 190 species of birds can be found in or over the various ecosystems of this sanctuary.
While you are at the Center, don't forget to visit our Nature Store, open Monday - Saturday, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM.
*Note on accessibility: Our gardens are wheelchair accessible, but currently our larger trail system is not. We are in midst of a project to make our Sanctuary and trail system significantly more accessible by the end of 2017. At this time we recommend that persons with mobility issues call ahead so that we can help accommodate handicapped parking and/or drop off.
Monday - Saturday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Enjoy our hiking trails and gardens. Our trails lead through several different habitats and plant zones ranging from meadows to Ponderosa Pine forests. Bring your binoculars and cameras, but please leave your dogs at home.
2:00 PM every Friday, Docent-led tours of the historic Randall Davey House and Studio, $5.
Santa Fe’s only nature center has an unexpected artistic past. Every Friday afternoon at 2:00 PM take a trip back in time and join a docent-led tour of the historic Davey House and Studio, preserved in its original state from the mid 1900’s. Keep an eye out for original furnishings, mural paintings and the prohibition-era hidden bar!
8:30 AM every Saturday, Bird walks lead by local experts, FREE!
From St. Francis Drive (US 84/285), take Alameda east (towards the mountains). You will pass through several stoplights and 4-way stops, but keep going. Eventually you will come to a light at Paseo de Peralta. Go straight, the road turns more residential at this point, and the Santa Fe River is on your right. You will meet 4-way stops at Delgado Street and Palace Avenue, and then the road will curve sharply to the right and go over the river. At the next 4–way stop, which is the intersection with Upper Canyon Road, turn left. Follow this road until it ends—it dead-ends in our parking lot. The last mile is a curvy dirt road. You may feel like you are lost, but most likely you are not.
A vanguard of modern art, Randall Davey was an important part of the Santa Fe Art Colony, and was a skilled painter, printmaker and sculptor. Davey successfully practiced his art here in his studio until his death in 1964. In 1983, the Davey family generously gifted the property to the National Audubon Society to be preserved as a wildlife sanctuary, and used as an educational, cultural and historical center. Davey’s works, along with antique furnishings and personal memorabilia are exhibited in house, art studio and administrative offices.
From riverside riparian areas to pinon-juniper woodland, visitors can explore many different kinds of ecosystems and wildlife. Pick up a bird, mammal or plant list for your visit.