Friends of The San Pedro River

Friends of The San Pedro River

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This photo essay memorializes Mary's and my first and second visit to the San Pedro House that included a short walk on trails.
Does this group still lead regular guided hikes to the Charleston ghost town ruins?

(This was shot in June 2020 from the bridge near the Charleston town site.)
A beautiful Christmas morning at Fairbank and along the San Pedro.
It was a beautiful day along the San Pedro House trails. And, the Curry Draw steps at Murray Springs/Clovis are greatly improved!
Saw a half dozen cows at the river today. And a gorgeous yellow tree!
A lovely walk along the river today
❤️🥾🌵 We had a wonderful hike on The San Pedro House Loop Trail.🌞
Finally some life giving rain flooded the San Pedro in St David🌾🌱
Beautiful sight! Life giving water finally flowing.
Beaver under the bridge
Varied Bunting, behind the Visitor's Center.
Summer Tanager

FSPR is a volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation and restoration of the Sa

Operating as usual

05/17/2022

Tuesday afternoon update. This poor man was found dead in Sierra Vista, apparently from suicide. Our condolences to his family.

The BLM is asking for your help finding a missing BLM firefighter out of Nevada who was in Sierra Vista supporting the US Forest Service. He hasn't been seen in a couple days. See the attached flier for more information.

UUJAZ Endangered Species Art Project 05/15/2022

UUJAZ Endangered Species Art Project

Tricia Gerodette, who is a local voice for the San Pedro River is also a former Friends of the San Pedro River Board member, Sierra Vista resident, and UU Church member. She is featured in this video about a project to raise awareness of border issues.

UUJAZ Endangered Species Art Project UUJAZ is working to create statewide participation in the UU Ministry for the Earth's 2022 Biodiversity Sunday and Endangered Species Art Project. This Endangered…

Photos from Friends of The San Pedro River's post 05/14/2022

River Walk - part two

Let's finish up our walk along the San Pedro River at the Waters Road trailhead. As summer nears and temperatures soar the level of the River is declining, but a burst of new growth is painting the riparian area with green. It is a lovely place to walk on even hot, sunny days because of the sheltering canopy of cottonwood trees.

A few thoughts on hiking this time of year. Early and late in the day are probably best. Come prepared for the heat by wearing sunscreen and a hat. Stay hydrated. Bring a snack. If you bring your dog, please keep them under your direct control - do not let them chase wildlife or bother other hikers. Clean up after them and pack out their waste.

See you at the River!

Arizona developer at the center of historic federal corruption investigation 05/12/2022

Arizona developer at the center of historic federal corruption investigation

The huge proposed development near Benson is in the news.

Arizona developer at the center of historic federal corruption investigation In the first criminal referral made by the Committee on Natural Resources, officials claim an Arizona developer participated in bribery with Trump admin officials.

Photos from Southwest Wings Birding and Nature Festival's post 05/12/2022

Congratulations to our friends at Southwest Wings for a successful spring program!

Photos from Friends of The San Pedro River's post 05/11/2022

River Walk - part one

We took a stroll along the San Pedro River at the SPRNCA Waters Road access point. We will share two sets of photos taken during this visit. The water is declining. The river is full of an algae/bacteria mat. But, flowers are blooming, frogs are jumping, minnows are swimming. Enjoy this virtual visit.

We Don't Deserve Beavers 05/05/2022

We Don't Deserve Beavers

Nature’s Engineers

Article from the Sierra Club about one of our favorite species.

We Don't Deserve Beavers Beavers have yet another skill: cleaning up abandoned mines

Photos from Friends of The San Pedro River's post 05/04/2022

Lars Hammar has sent us a number of photos taken in the SPRNCA. Very nice! Thank you Lars.

Do you have photos of the SPRNCA/San Pedro River? Send them to us to post here, please? Send them via email to [email protected].

05/02/2022

Upcoming Walks

Don't forget about our upcoming events. On May 7th at 8:00 am a River Walk will depart from the San Pedro House to explore the flora a fauna of the riparian area nearby. On Wednesday May 11th a Bird Walk will be held there as well, leaving the House at 7:00 am. See the flier posted below on this page for more information. Our History Walks are over for this spring, to resume next fall.

05/01/2022

We want to thank Frank Webb V for starting a fundraiser in honor of his dad, Frank Manuel Webb IV. We are very appreciative of the funds that came to us through this.

Here is the fundraiser: The San Pedro River was one of Frank Webb’s favorite places to hike and photograph nature. In his memory his family have started a fundraiser to help conserve this beautiful nature preserve.

We will use this money to support of visitor services program along the San Pedro River.

Here is a picture dedicated to your dad.

Photos from Friends of The San Pedro River's post 05/01/2022

Here are a few more pictures from yesterday's Grand Reopening that Joanne Roberts sent us. Thanks, Joanne!

Photos from Friends of The San Pedro River's post 05/01/2022

Yesterday's Grand Reopening

We officially reopened the San Pedro House yesterday morning. Visitors participated in tours, viewed exhibits, learned more about the SPRNCA, and watched our ribbon cutting event. It was a low key event on a lovely Southeast Arizona day. See the photo captions for more.

04/28/2022

May Friends of the San Pedro River Events Calendar

Here is our schedule of events regarding events coming up in May. The EOP walks and hummingbird banding are events held by partner organizations, questions about those should be directed to them.

And - don't forget the San Pedro House coming up Saturday, April 30. See announcement below.

04/28/2022

A Walk To the River

From time to time we like to post short videos of the San Pedro River around the San Pedro House. This gives those of you unable to visit in person the chance to enjoy the scene.

Reminder - Saturday morning we are having our Grand Reopening event at the San Pedro House. See the announcements posted here for information.

Photos from Friends of The San Pedro River's post 04/26/2022

Rae Packard has sent us a set of photos taken at the Charleston Road bridge. Thanks!

Have pictures of the San Pedro River? We would love to post them here. Send them to us via email at [email protected]. Please include the what, when, and where for each.

What Archaeologists Are Learning About the Lives of the Chinese Immigrants Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad 04/26/2022

What Archaeologists Are Learning About the Lives of the Chinese Immigrants Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad

The Chinese Gardens

Chinese railroad workers arrived in what is now the SPRNCA, building the New Mexico and Arizona Railroad line from Benson to Fairbank, Patagonia, Nogales, and points beyond in the early 1880s. They stayed to start businesses in cities like Tombstone, Fairbank, and Benson. The Chinese community at Benson had amicable relations with other residents, something that was not always the case.

Most notable, a group of Chinese operated truck gardens up and down the San Pedro River. At Fairbank, Chinese entrepenuers raised fresh vegetables for sale to miners and soldiers. This opereation, known to locals as the Chinese Gardens operated until the World War II era. They employed mostly Hispanic workers in what was a successful venture. Today little remains - irrigation devices, and artifacts of their presence left as trash.

This article is a great exploration of recent work done at a Chinese railroad worker community in Utah. Perhaps similar to the experience in our area. Highly recommended. Hopefully you will be able to access this article at its commercial source, if not that is beyond our control.

What Archaeologists Are Learning About the Lives of the Chinese Immigrants Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad In the sparse Utah desert, the vital contributions of these 19th-century laborers are finally coming to light

Photos from Bureau of Land Management - Arizona's post 04/24/2022

BLM Earth Day event. Lots going on!

Photos from Friends of The San Pedro River's post 04/22/2022

More For Earth Day

Having presented our vision and mission, let's follow up with some reminders about why the Friends of the San Pedro River loves the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area.

04/22/2022

Earth Day 2022

Ever wonder what the Friends of the San Pedro River is about? Our Vision and Mission Statements are presented as part of this lovely photo of the River.

Starting in 1986, like-minded folks gathered together in this area to work for the preservation of the River. Once the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area was formed, emphasis moved to encouraging use and appreciation of the River, working cooperatively with the Bureau of Land Management to provide visitor services, and providing input to the agency as a voice for conservation day-to-day behind the scenes and as input to resource management planning initiatives.

These remain our vision and our mission - we are proud to share them with you on this Earth Day.

04/22/2022

Saturday April 30th - San Pedro House Official Reopening

The Friends of the San Pedro River are happy to announce the Grand Reopening of the San Pedro House on April 30th. We will have walks, exhibits, and and a ribbon cutting. Events run from 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM. The House is already open for business, but this will be our official coming-out party. Hope you can make it!

Please note that all three walks/tours require a reservation via email to [email protected]. Slots are very limited. If you want to participate in one, reserve your spot soon.

San Pedro River 04/22/2022

San Pedro River

Our Beloved San Pedro - Endangered

San Pedro River The Biden administration must strengthen Clean Water Act protections to prevent the San Pedro River from drying up any further.

Photos from Bureau of Land Management - Arizona's post 04/21/2022

Have you noticed how nice the San Pedro House area looks? Join us and the BLM in recognizing Pat Jacobsen, site host extraordinaire!

04/21/2022

Bird Walk Wednesday April 27th 7:00 AM

The Friends are happy to announce that there will be a Bird Walk at the San Pedro House on Wednesday, April 27, at 7:00 am. Meet at the San Pedro House a few minutes before the start of the walk. The San Pedro House is located about 6 miles east of Sierra Vista on Highway 90.

This walk is up to three hours long, covers approximately 2 miles, and is mostly in the sun. It will traverse the trails around the San Pedro House which are gravel, dirt, and sand, with uneven areas and slopes. Please make sure you are physically able to do this walk. Please wear a hat, walking shoes, and appropriate clothing, bring water (at least one quart per person) and a snack. Bring your own binoculars. Sharing of optics will be the guide’s choice. Dogs are not allowed. These walks are free.

Group size is limited to 12 people per docent guide, on a first come-first served basis. Arrive before the starting hour to secure a place.

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 (SPRNCA) provides habitat for over 100 species of breeding birds, and provides water, food and shelter for another 250 species of migratory and wintering birds. Birders, novice or experienced, are invited to attend this walk to introduce them to the diverse avian community found in the SPRNCA.

Photo of a Scott's oriole by Bob Luce.

04/21/2022

Reminder

Don't forget the walk to Clanton Ranch set for Saturday morning. You must reserve a spot on the tour by emailing us at [email protected]. See the post below for details about the tour.

Photos from Friends of The San Pedro River's post 04/21/2022

Here are some pictures sent our way by Richard Osbrun. They were taken in the Fairbank area, it looks like last fall, maybe. Thanks Richard!

Have pictures of the SPRNCA you have taken? Email them to us at [email protected]. Please include when, where, and what. We love posting your pictures here!

04/18/2022

This Week's Tour - The Clanton Ranch
Saturday, April 23rd, 9:00 AM - Reservation required!

Join Friends docent Sandy Heusman for a tour of the Clanton Ranch site. Here Old Man Clanton had a ranch where he grazed (stolen) cattle in a large pasture along the San Pedro. This site was a key location in the Wyatt Earp vs. The Cowboys epic. Sandy will tell the tale.

Reservations are required for this tour, which is limited to 20 people. First come, first served. Send an email to reserve spots for your group to [email protected].

Reaching and returning from the site requires 1.5 miles of walking total. The trail is uneven gravel and dirt. There is an uphill section with loose rock and poor footing. Make sure you are able to handle this. Wear a hat, appropriate clothing, hiking shoes, and bring water and a snack.

Meet a few minutes before 9:00 AM on Saturday, April 23rd, at the parking area for the Escapule Road SPRNCA access point. This is located on Escapule Road, about 1.5 miles south of Charleston Road, between Sierra Vista and Tombstone. Look for a gravel parking area on the left (north) side of Escapule Road. It is basically the first left after you turn off of Charleston Road onto Escapule Road.

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Sierra Vista, AZ
85635

Opening Hours

Monday 9:30am - 4:30pm
Tuesday 9:30am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 9:30am - 4:30pm
Thursday 9:30am - 4:30pm
Friday 9:30am - 4:30pm
Saturday 9:30am - 4:30pm
Sunday 9am - 4:30pm

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