Visiting the Randall Davey Audubon Center & Sanctuary

Please note our holiday closures listed below.

Visiting the Randall Davey Audubon Center & Sanctuary

Please note our holiday closures listed below.

The Center will be closed in 2024:
June 19th, Juneteenth
July 4th, Independence Day
September 2nd, Labor Day
October 14, Indigenous People's Day
November 11, Veteran's Day
November 28 & 29 Thanksgiving

Currently, we are operating at our normal hours, Monday through Saturday, 8am-4pm. Friday House Tours (RSVP required. Please reserve your spot by emailing with the number of people in your party. Free Saturday Bird Walks are open. The visitor center is typically open 9-4, but we still have some gaps in our volunteer coverage. We appreciate your patience.

Dogs and smoking are not permitted anywhere at the Center. 

Bird walks are Saturday at 8:30a.m. through the year with the exception of January and holiday weekends. House tours are every Friday at 2:00. $5 per participant. We look forward to seeing you!

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.  

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, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM.

*Note on accessibility: Our gardens are wheelchair accessible, but currently our larger trail system is not.  At this time we recommend that persons with mobility issues call ahead so that we can help accommodate handicapped parking and/or drop off.

Weekly Events:

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. Please reserve your space by emailing Give us a phone number and the number of people in your party. Tours are limited to 12 people. First come first served. Please register at least 24 hours prior to the tour date. We cannot guarantee inclusion in the tour if reservations are made the day of.
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!

Please note that the house is not ADA accessible. If you have concerns about whether you or a member of your party will be able to negotiate the stairs, please call to discuss.  The length of the tours vary between 1-1/2 hours.

Special tours given at group rates. Please contact the Center for more information and to schedule:

8:30 AM every Saturday, Bird walks led by local experts, FREE!

Check out our facebook page for a current schedule of seasonal events open to the public.

While you're at the Center, visit our lovely haiku trail. A map is attached below.

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 at our parking lot. The last half mile is a curvy dirt road. You may feel like you are lost, but most likely you just haven't reached us yet.

Randall Davey
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.

Natural History
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.

For a Complete Guide to the Authentic Santa Fe Experience go to: Travel Guide and Concierge

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