Santa Fe Birdwatching: Spring Adventure Edition


With 500+ bird species on New Mexico’s state bird list, Santa Fe Spring Travel is one of the best for Birders!

Rufous Towee


Springtime and Birds are magical! Combine the two to create an inspirational Spring Santa Fe birdwatching trip for all ages to remember. Springtime not only brings migration of birds to and through New Mexico, it inspires and motivates people into action. There’s just something magical about a rare, beautiful bird which engages a person in our natural world. Whether our Santa Fe visitors are exploring a nearby New Mexico’s National Monument, or hiking a remote canyon, or intentionally seeking out a festival or special event, springtime is a special time to avail unique, one of a kind travel opportunities. Have you ever thought about birding? Well, if you have you’d know that birding is the perfect love affair with feathered friends, with nature, and with conservation! Guests of Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast who over the past 32 spring seasons have visited many of the sites listed below and not only enjoyed the places but appreciated the birds as well! We hope this information will add to your Santa Fe Spring Travel enjoyment as well!

To provide the most informative information on this subject, we’ve consulted the experts- the staff at Audubon New Mexico! Audubon New Mexico tell us, “Favorite birding sites can be somewhat personal choices. We suggest these following locations for Santa Fe Spring travel birding visitors”:



Orilla Verde Recreation Area – located north of Santa Fe, just one mile past the turnoff at Pilar along the Rio Grande and extending up the river is an excellent viewing area. A BLM visitor center on NM68 is located across the road from the village of Pilar as well. This area is excellent viewing as bird habitats include the river, associated willows and tamarisk, mature cottonwood groves (especially at the campgrounds), numerous seeps and springs along the canyon walls, pin?on, and rim rock. Bullock’s Oriole can be spotted in the spring and summer as well as the Pin?on Jay, Canyon Wren, Rock Wren, and Bushtit all year. The area is known to have Dipper all year and has had breeding Golden Eagle and Peregrine Falcon!

The Sangre de Cristo Audubon Society chapter is based in the Santa Fe and Los Alamos area. They point out many great birding hot spots, but Hyde State Park and Road and the Santa Fe Ski Basin capture the interest of many. The extended area near Hyde State Park and along the trails off the road to the ski area includes several hiking options, each of which has birding opportunities. Williamson’s Sapsucker’s (breeding), Hammond’s and Cordilleran Flycatchers, Western Tanagers, Nuthatches (Red and White-breasted, Pygmy), Mountain Chickadees, Steller’s Jays, and Western Warblers are some of the species anticipated within the Black Canyon campground and trails. Further up Hyde Park Road, Blue Grouse are sometimes seen at elevations between the Borrego Trail to the ski basin.

The Santa Fe Ski Basin has a great trailhead for those who want to venture into the high mountain backcountry. Species expected include Hermit Thrush, House Wren, Junco, Cordilleran Flycatcher, Lincoln’s Sparrow, Gray Jay, and Clark’s Nutcracker.

Randall Davey Audubon Center is where a wide variety of birds reside and visit during migration.

New Mexico Blue Jay

It’s less than a mile from Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast– an easy drive up upper Canyon Rd and just east of downtown Santa Fe. Nestled at the mouth of the Santa Fe Canyon, the Randall Davey Audubon Center encompasses 135 acres and includes miles of hiking trails, a nature store, and the historic home of artist Randall Davey. Favorites on the Audubon’s grounds include the Spotted and Canyon Towhee, Hairy Woodpecker, Lesser Goldfinch, and Black-headed Grosbeak. Typical birds found are hummingbirds, nuthatches, juncos, warblers, woodpeckers, jays, and chickadees. The plant community along the Santa Fe River bottom provides a home to towhees, goldfinches, vireos, robins, and others. A special treat of the Randall Davey Audubon Center are the free guided bird walks on Saturday mornings at 8:30 am! A favorite “to do” suggestion of ours at Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast inn. For more information on birding New Mexico Santa Fe Spring Travel Santa Fe lodging please click visit our past birding BLOG.