Many recreational opportunities are available within the San Pedro Riparian NCA. The most popular sites are:
San Pedro House. Located 9 miles east of Sierra Vista on Arizona Route 90, this is a popular place for birdwatchers, hikers and families. Picnic tables, exhibits and an extensive network of trails in the riparian forest offer a great outdoor experience.
Fairbank Townsite. Located 10.2 miles east of Whetstone on State Route 82, Fairbank, founded in 1881, was a thriving railroad village. It is now a ghost town with exhibits, picnic area and trails.
Millville Historic Townsite - Rock Art Discovery Trail. This trail is located 7.7 miles east of Sierra Vista on Charleston Road. Two Tombstone-era silver mills and Indian petroglyphs can be seen along a 2.5-mile loop trail.
Murray Springs Clovis Site. From Sierra Vista, take Arizona Route 90 east 6 miles to Moson Road. Turn left and go about 1.2 miles to the access road located on the right. A half-mile loop trail with exhibits takes you through one of the preeminent archaeological sites in Arizona.
Presidio Santa Cruz de Terrenate. Travel 8.5 miles east from Whetstone on State Route 82, turn north on In Balance Ranch Road (N. Kellar Road on some maps) and drive approximately 2.75 miles to the trailhead. Hike 1.4 miles to the ruins, where there is an interpretive trail. Terrenate was one of three Spanish military outposts in Arizona; the outpost was occupied from 1775 to 1780.
DURING THE PANDEMIC
As a precaution during the COVID-19 pandemic: Avoid locations where physical distancing may be difficult. Toilets and trash removal may be limited. Be Prepared. Avoid crowded sites. Pack out your trash. Bring your own toilet paper and hand sanitizer. Stay at least 6 feet apart. Stay home if you're sick.
Visit the Bureau of Land Management website for official news and links to help plan your visit.
The Bureau of Land Management oversees the San Pedro Riparian NCA. This website provides links to Quick Facts, how to plan your visit, Partners, and official contact information.
Friends of the San Pedro River is a dynamic organization of enthusiastic river stewards and volunteers. Their tour schedule and educational events will resume after restrictions due to COVID are lifted. Go to their website for the latest news about the river, educational videos, past newsletters, and updated schedules.
HOW TO PLAY:
It is recommended that parents accompany children while playing this game. Until the San Pedro House Nature Store re-opens and volunteers are present to help you, refer questions to email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 520-459-2555.
Take a short tour of the unique riparian environment, history, cultural resources, and visitor destinations at the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area.
Southwest Wings (SWW) has commissioned local videographer Mike Foster to create a virtual birding and wildlife tour from the top of the Huachuca Mountains to the San Pedro River, not forgetting Whitewater Draw and other area birding and nature hotspots. This “Sky Islands” video highlights many of the unique birds and mammals in the area, including the Elegant Trogon.
This set of seven detailed maps provides all the information you need to visit throughout the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area.
These maps are:
Map 1 of 7: Land Corral
Map 2 of 7: Terrenate-Fairbank-Boquillas
Map 3 of 7: Fairbank-Boquillas-Charleston
Map 4 of 7: Escapule-San Pedro House
Map 5 of 7: San Pedro House-Hereford
Map 6 of 7: Hereford
Map 7 of 7: Palominas
Get a detailed map of the entire San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area on your cell phone using the link below.