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Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival

Festival Event

Ages Festival is Appropriate For


The Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival provides a unique recreational experience to anyone interested in the natural world and fosters awareness of the importance of habitat for the enrichment of all life in the Verde Valley. The festival celebrates nature with workshops and field trips where expert guides take visitors to the area's birding hot spots.

Located 100 miles North of Phoenix in North Central Arizona’s Verde Valley, the Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival gives participants the opportunity to experience birding during the peak Spring migration season.

The four-day festival is held at Dead Horse Ranch State Park on the banks of the Verde River. With close proximity to the Verde, Oak Creek, Sycamore Creek and other perennial waters, festival participants get to choose from over 60 field trip, hikes and walks in one of Arizona’s richest birding habitats.

Our experienced guides have extensive knowledge of birds and the habitat that make this region so unique. The more than 60 volunteers that work year round to coordinate the festival create a welcome and friendly environment for the more than 400 annual participants.

The Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival is presented each April by Friends of the Verde River, a purpose driven community benefit organization and 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, working to preserve one of the last perennial flowing rivers in the American Southwest

Dead Horse Ranch State Park is the base camp for this event and offers camping facilities, fishing and other amenities for families and individuals.


Admission Fee (if any)