Sedona Verde Valley Birding Trip

A tour of some birding hotspots in the Sedona Verde Valley region. You can do this trip in one day or spread it out over multiple days depending on the time of year and where the birds are. If you're in the area in April, be sure to check out the Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival

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Lower Oak Creek Important Bird Area (IBA)
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Lower Oak Creek Important Bird Area (IBA)
Natural Area | Fish and Wildlife Refuge or Sanctuary
This area is globally recognized as a birding hotspot. Red Rock State Park and Bubbling Ponds are the best places to experience this. Start or end this trip at Red Rock State Park.

A global initiative of BirdLife International, implemented by Audubon and local partners in the United States, the Important Bird Areas Program (IBA) is an effort to identify and conserve areas that are vital to birds and other biodiversity. By…

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Red Rock State Park
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Red Rock State Park
Natural Area | State Park
This is a spectacular park whether you see birds or not.

Red Rock State Park is a 286 acre nature preserve and environmental education center with stunning scenery. Trails throughout the park wind through manzanita and juniper to reach the rich banks of Oak Creek. Green meadows are framed by native…

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The Sedona Wetlands Preserve
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The Sedona Wetlands Preserve
Natural Area | Fish and Wildlife Refuge or Sanctuary
This site helps purify drinking water and provides incredible bird habitat. It's on State Route 89A, approximately four miles west of Sedona as measured from the intersection of Upper Red Rock Loop Road (In between mile markers 365 & 366), Take an unmarked right hand turn when you see the treatment facility. Then take an immediate left on to a graveled road that leads to the parking lot.

The Sedona Wetlands Preserve is a constructed wetlands that occupies approximately 27 acres  south of the Waste Water Reclamation Plant. The preserve provides some of the Verde Valley’s best habitat for waterfowl and various riparian species.…

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Bubbling Ponds at Page Springs Fish Hatchery
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Bubbling Ponds at Page Springs Fish Hatchery
Natural Area | Fish and Wildlife Refuge or Sanctuary
Nice trail system, observation decks, and interpretive signs.

Bubbling Ponds is a large area owned and managed by Arizona Game and Fish Department. Recently  Read more

Tuzigoot Important Bird Area (IBA)
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Tuzigoot Important Bird Area (IBA)
Natural Area | Fish and Wildlife Refuge or Sanctuary
This section of the Verde River between Cottonwood and Clarkdale is another globally recognized birding hotspot. Start at Dead Horse Ranch State Park, then head to north to Tavasci Marsh. The Marsh is on the same property as Tuzigoot National Monument, an ancient archeaological site built by Sinaguan people between 1,000 and 1,400 AD. Be sure to check that out too.

A global initiative of BirdLife International, implemented by Audubon and local partners in the United States, the Important Bird Areas Program (IBA) is an effort to identify and conserve areas that are vital to birds and other biodiversity. By…

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Dead Horse Ranch State Park
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Dead Horse Ranch State Park
Natural Area | State Park
You can camp here and get an early start birding.

The developed portion of Dead Horse Ranch State Park covers 423 acres. The 3,300 foot elevation accounts for the mild temperatures that are ideal for camping, mountain biking in the Coconino National Forest, hiking along the Verde River, canoeing,…

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Tavasci Marsh
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Tavasci Marsh
Natural Area | Fish and Wildlife Refuge or Sanctuary
You can park for free at Tuzigoot National Monument if you're going to check out that archaeological site. If you're just visiting the Marsh, you can park at the end of Flycatcher Road, which is accessed through Dead Horse Ranch Park.

Tavasci Marsh is one-of-a-kind hiking or birding experience. The marsh itself is quite large and you can hike around approximately 2/3 of it with no trouble at all. It varies from tall grass/reed marsh to Cottonwood stands. There are few, if any…

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1 Lower Oak Creek Important Bird Area (IBA)
2 Red Rock State Park
3 The Sedona Wetlands Preserve
4 Bubbling Ponds at Page Springs Fish Hatchery
5 Tuzigoot Important Bird Area (IBA)
6 Dead Horse Ranch State Park
7 Tavasci Marsh