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For those interested in southeast Arizona birding, Casa de San Pedro is centrally located, adjacent to the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area and is situated on 10 acres bordering the San Pedro River. The San Pedro River is considered one of the largest and most critical avian migratory corridors remaining in the western United States. The San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area provides habitat for over 100 species of breeding birds, and provides water food and shelter for another 250 species of migratory and wintering birds.
In addition, the river supports one of the largest cottonwood-willow forest canopies remaining in Arizona and is one of the last free-flowing rivers in the Southwest. For more information on birding, please visit our birding guide, which will guide you to a successful birding adventure.
Scenic mountain and riparian hiking and cycling trails are plentiful. In addition to enjoying the natural wonders of Southeastern Arizona you will also want to learn about its remarkable history. Many of our guests enjoy visiting Southeast Arizona’s many historical sites. This is where the old west still lives; visitors feel like they are reliving history through the remains of Old West ghost and mining towns.
Learn about former area inhabitants and historical events :
The Sky Islands of Southeastern Arizona create some of the most diverse hiking in our state. Where else can you take a hike in a deep canyon hidden from the sun and journey to the 9,500 foot summit of Miller Peak, with a view of the Mexican interior as far as you can see. Then come home to the comfort and peace of our inn. Hiking trails in the Huachuca Mountains offer great vistas, diverse fauna and flora and great exercise. Enjoy our Arizona Hiking Trails in Sierra Vista.
If you prefer a less strenuous hike, you can walk in the shade of the cottonwood trees along the San Pedro River, which represents the most extensive healthy riparian ecosystem remaining in the desert Southwest. This area has been designated by the Nature Conservancy as one of the “Last Great Places”. It provides habitat to hundreds of different species of birds and animals.
Two popular riparian hikes are described below.
Casa de San Pedro: Enter the San Pedro Riparian Area 100 feet from Casa’s courtyard gate. Trails give you access to mesquite grassland and stream-side habitats. A popular hike with our guests is the four hour round trip to Hereford bridge. If desired, we can pack a lunch for your party to add to your enjoyment of this leisurely adventure. Please allow 48 hours advance notice so that we can supply fresh ingredients for your lunch. Casa guests have raved about their encounters with a variety of birds, butterflies and wild flowers.
San Pedro House: On Highway 90 about 8 miles east of Sierra Vista, turn south just before the San Pedro River. The San Pedro House, is operated by the Friends of the San Pedro River. It is located in the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area and is the site where interpretive walks and other activities are coordinated. The San Pedro House also has exhibits, materials, a book store and a gift shop with nature gifts and other sundries. The gift shop and bookstore are open every day from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., except Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Here's a link to some of the many hiking areas near Sierra Vista: HIKING NEAR SIERRA VISTA.
And here's a link to DAY HIKES IN THE CHIRICHAUA NATIONAL MONUMENT.
Let us introduce you to over twenty miles of GREAT trail biking and vistas from our back door along the San Pedro River, over the Hereford Bridge to the old Hereford Town site and Quarry. Bike further north along the East side of the San Pedro for several miles until you are ready to stop for a picnic on the river. Then reluctantly return to Casa with stories to tell about all the beautiful scenery and wildlife you observed.
If your idea of a great bike excursion is to travel about 40 miles over fairly easy terrain, ride from the inn to Bisbee. You’ll have plenty of time to explore the old mining town, enjoy lunch at one of Bisbee’s great restaurants and return to the inn in time for a hot shower and rest before dinner.
If you want a longer ride with more diverse elevations, take a trip to Tombstone. You’ll travel about 70 miles through some flat lands, canyons and mountains. If you need to stop along the way, you can pick from any number of historical or archaeological sites to enjoy a picnic or relax in the shade of the trees along the San Pedro.
If you’d like a challenging ride on an unimproved county road, take off through the Coronado National Memorial to Parker Canyon Lake. It’s more of a mountain biking trip and your destination is a great fishing lake about 25 miles from Casa de San Pedro.
Bring your own bikes. Or, there are bike shops in Sierra Vista that can rent road or trail bikes - you can call ahead and give them your order and they will pre-fit you to a bike that is right for you and for the type of rides you want. The bike shops also have area biking maps available.
Cochise County has a mobile app for the Land of Legends that you can download onto your smart phone. The app features each of our communities (Sierra Vista, Bisbee, Tombstone, Benson) with maps and information on local events, businesses, and tourism information. From your smart phone click on one of the following apps links to download the app:
Southeast Arizona has several vital communities that offer good restaurants, art galleries, shopping, vineyards/wine tours, museums, and Old West History. During your visit to Casa de San Pedro you can partake in local festivals, tours, art gatherings and shop till you drop. Bisbee, Sierra Vista, and Tombstone all offer nearby events and attractions. We will be happy to provide you with more information when you arrive. Or you can relax at the Casa and enjoy our unique world class naturalist habitat while you rejuvenate your soul.
Check out Bisbee's website for more information on the region.