Southeast Arizona Birding Festival
Cost: Free to sign up; $150-$490 for accommodations
Length: 5 days/4 nights
Co-op activities at the festival
- Once again sponsoring Herps, Hoots, and Hops, an evening bird and nature walk followed by a social at Three Canyon Beer & Wine Garden
- We’ll have a booth at the festival’s Nature Expo and again be collecting used binoculars and spotting scopes to donate to our partners
Optional accommodations: Desert life at the No Pants Ranch and the Sonora Shack
We have a fantastic rental house for the duration of the festival!
This vibrant, curiosity-filled octagonal home nestled in the Tucson Mountains is a private wildlife sanctuary and artist’s and desert naturalist’s retreat. The main house has four bedrooms and 2.5 baths along with a full kitchen, washer and dryer, and all the expected amenities. Next to the main house is the Sonora Shack with 5 beds (one double, two double futons, and two twin beds.
Outside, the five-acre property is a naturalist’s paradise just begging to be carefully explored. There are fifty-three saguaro cacti ranging from pin-cushion size, five-year-old babies to their giant grandparents well over 100 years old! You’ll also discover many other native cactus and agave, wildflowers, ancient desert trees, various lizards, birds, snakes, and interesting insects. You can soak in the outdoor clawfoot tub or hang on the hammock and view our colony of Brazilian free-tailed bats as they emerge from their bat houses at sunset. After dark, you might spy javelinas, coyotes, and bobcats who come to drink from our watering hole.
Choose a private or shared bedroom
Private room for 1-2 people: $490
Four bedrooms available
The house is a locally storied and funky, two-story octagon filled with color, tropical plants, original artwork, heaps of books, and curiosities in every corner. You’ll find all the comforts of home inside with our gourmet kitchen, washer and dryer (plus a clothes-saving, outdoor line), two and a half baths in the main octagon house (one with a jacuzzi tub), four bedrooms, internet (10 Mbps), central heating and A/C, wood fireplace, rustic pine floors under a cathedral ceiling with skylights. And it’s all encircled by a covered wrap-around porch so you can lounge in the shade or the sun anytime.
Shared room, per person: $150
Five spots available
The separate, repurposed metal building sleeps four upstairs with a double bed and 2 twin (trundled) day beds with a sunset view and a telescope which can be used from the loft balcony! Down the spiral staircase, the lower floor is an ideal meeting space with big windows, chalkboards, office chairs, and a conference table. You’ll also find exercise equipment, a workbench, and 2 double futons. This space has one full bathroom and internet access (10 MBPS).
- Lodging August 10-14 no price adjustments for shorter stays
- Light snacks at the house
- Washer and dryer
- Internet (10 mbps)
- Festival registration
Rules and things to know:
- The house is just outside of Saguaro National Park and about 30 minutes northeast of the festival headquarters.
- Minimum age is 18.
- No pets
- No smoking
This region is arguably the best birding in the continental United States—explore at your own will! You can register for the festival or explore the area on your own.