Visitors from all over the world come to see the more than 170 species of birds found in Ramsey Canyon Preserve and surrounding national forest. Southwestern specialties such as painted redstarts and magnificent hummingbirds share the canyon with many other animals, including black bears, Chiricahua leopard frogs, and dozens of species of butterflies. The canyon is also home to more than 400 species of plants, from tiny mosses to towering firs.
When: 9 a.m.
Where: The Nature Conservancy's Ramsey Canyon Preserve, 27 E. Ramsey Canyon Rd., Hereford
Admission: $6 per person. Conservancy members and Cochise County residents, $3 per person. Children under 16 free.
Info: (520) 378-2785, (520) 417-6960, website
Please note: Parking at the preserve is limited and if full, visitors may be temporarily turned away. There is no parking along the road and no reservations are taken. For those hiking up the canyon trails, hikers must return to the parking lot by closing: 5 p.m. summer hours/4 p.m. winter hours. Gates are locked promptly upon closing.
More than fifty vendors offer a large variety of locally raised meats including all natural beef, goat, lamb, chicken, pork, emu and yak. Farm fresh eggs and seasonal fruits, vegetables and nuts are available, as well as baked goods, honeys, jams, salsas, tortillas, locally roasted coffees, knife sharpening and more. Live music and food trucks add to the festive atmosphere every Thursday.
When: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Where: Veterans Memorial Park, 3105 E. Fry Blvd.
Info: (520) 678-2638, (520) 417-6960, www.sierravistafarmersmarket.com