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Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival

April 21 - April 24


Friends of the Verde River will host the Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival between April 21st and April 24th at Dead Horse Ranch State Park in Cottonwood, AZ, a prime location and time for bird viewing. With close proximity to the Verde, Oak Creek, Sycamore Creek and other perennial waters, festival participants get to choose from over 80 field trips, hikes, and workshops in one of Arizona’s richest birding habitats. The Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival supports environmental conservation by encouraging stewardship of the Verde River. This annual event is the perfect travel escape for visitors from Phoenix, Phoenix, and even California.

Engage with other bird lovers and learn about the amazing beauty and biodiversity of the Verde River, one of the last free-flowing rivers in the Southwest. This accessible and beloved festival is perfect for nature lovers, lifelong learners, and all levels of birders.

Jeri Higgins, Event Registrar


Dead Horse Ranch State Park
675 Dead Horse Ranch Road
Cottonwood, AZ 86326 United States
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Friends of the Verde River
registrar@verderiver.org (Jeri Higgins)
Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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