4 of the Most Fun Things to Do at Randall Davey Audubon Center

While the bustling city of Santa Fe provides non-stop excitement, it’s also important to discover the peaceful and enriching experiences you’ll find in the local environment. The Randall Davey Audubon Center is a nature conservancy in Santa Fe that immerses you in the beauty of New Mexico’s nature. It encompasses 135 acres of breathtaking landscapes and is one of the birding hotspots of New Mexico. For a unique way to discover Santa Fe’s natural beauty, you can’t go wrong with a visit to this natural sanctuary.

Looking for even more ways to enjoy the great outdoors? The Randall Davey Audubon Center is just the beginning! Easily download our free Chimayo Vacation Guide for great local recommendations on outdoor activities and attractions.

4 of the Best Things to Do at the Randall Davey Audubon Center

Consisted of national forests and Santa Fe River Watershed land, the Randall Davey Audubon Center is a tranquil sanctuary for birds, plants, and a variety of other animals. If you’re looking to spend a full day in the great outdoors, this is the place to be! Here are just a few of the activities we highly recommend during your visit.

The Randall Davey House

Randall Davey was a vanguard of modern art and an important member of the Santa Fe art colony. The successful painter, sculptor, and printmaker practiced his art in the studio that now stands on the Audubon Center’s property. After his death in 1964, the house stood vacant until the Davey family donated it to the National Audubon Society. Inside, you’ll find a collection of Randall Davey’s works, antique furnishings, and personal memorabilia.


The Randall Davey Audubon Center hiking trails provide their travelers with relatively easy treks and stunning views to complement the experience. There are two main trails to choose from, each boasting its own unique features. Whichever trail you decide to take, you can be sure a grand adventure awaits.

  • El Temporal Trail: This half-mile loop is named after the tilled and arid region through which it winds. After a short climb in the beginning, the trail remains level throughout the rest of the hike.
  • Bear Canyon Trail: This fascinating trail leads you along the Santa Fe River Canyon for almost two miles before the walls become too steep to climb. The fair amount of shade provided on this trail makes it a popular choice in the summertime.  

Bird and Wildlife Viewing

More than 190 species of birds may be found throughout the sanctuary’s various ecosystems. Here are just some of the most common species to keep your eyes and ears open for!

Weekly Events

Each week, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the Randall Davey Audubon Center and the nature of New Mexico! While the Audubon Center’s Facebook page contains the current schedule of seasonal events, there are also weekly tours that you won’t want to miss.

  • Docent-led Tour of the Historic Randall Davey House (Every Friday at 2 PM): For just $5, you can explore one of the most historic art centers in Santa Fe in a whole new way! The docent-led tour of the house and studio will provide you with information you may not have known the first time around.
  • Bird Walks (Every Saturday at 8 AM): Each Saturday morning, wake up bright and early for an exclusive walk through the sanctuary led by a bird expert. If you aren’t familiar with birding, this could be a wonderful opportunity for you to learn more about the activity. Also, it’s absolutely FREE!

Experience the Pristine Beauty of New Mexico During Your Stay With Casa Escondida

Our bed and breakfast in Chimayo, NM is the embodiment of traditional New Mexico. During your stay, you’ll enjoy beautiful countryside scenery and unforgettable service. The environmentally-friendly rooms will make you feel as if you have stepped into a Southwestern fairy tale and our delicious complimentary breakfast will have you scurrying out of bed for this customary feast. Ready for the getaway of a lifetime? Book your next vacation to Casa Escondida today! Don’t forget to download our Free Vacation Guide for more information about us and all there is to experience during your New Mexico getaway.

Photo Credit: PaulReevesPhotography/Getty Images