Randall Davey Audubon Center - El Temporal Trail & Bear Canyon
1800 Upper Canyon Rd.
Santa Fe, NM 87504
Hours: 9 -5 PM daily
In addition to the do-it-yourself nature trails, the center offers guided hikes, wildlife interpretive programs and summer activities for children. The center's gift shop sells bird seed, books and other items of interest to naturalists. The Audubon Society acquired this property in the mid-1980s and operates it as a nature center and the group's New Mexico headquarters. Included is land along the Santa Fe River. The center's trails begin in the pinon and juniper woodlands and meadows and climb up to cool ponderosa pine forest. More than 100 species of birds have been observed here, along with coyote, black bear, mountain lion and mule deer.
There are two major trails on the Randall Davey Audubon Center & Sanctuary property: El Temporal Trail and Bear Canyon Trail.
El Temporal is a half-mile loop trail through piñon/juniper habitat. After a short initial climb up to the acequia, it is relatively level throughout. El Temporal means “dry farm,” tilled land in an arid region without benefit of irrigation and entirely dependent upon seasonal rains. Despite its name this trail can be icy in the winter and muddy in the spring, so wear proper footwear.
Bear Canyon is a side canyon of the Santa Fe River Canyon. You are able to hike up this lovely canyon about a mile and a half before the walls become too steep to climb, and then you must turned around and retrace your steps. This trail is accessible by following the El Temporal trail around to the wooden bench and then following the side trail off to the east.
To reach the center, follow Canyon Road past the intersection of Camino Cabra at Cristo Rey Church to Upper Canyon Road. The center is the very last structure on Canyon Road. Trail fee is $1 for nonmembers.