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Portal, Arizona brochure by Narca Moore-Craig

Birding, Natural History and Hiking Brochure


Portal and Southeast Arizona
Portal Canyon Road

Portal, Arizona & Rodeo, New Mexico
In cooperation with local Lodges, Inns & Bed and Breakfasts

Naturalist Journeys, LLC announces:
Interpretive Hikes & Guided Birding and Nature Walks

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“Had a great time with Narca! What a jewel. We were so lucky to get her. And you were so cheap! Lol. I realize you probably get a lot of calls from people who are novice and not expecting to pay too much, but we've been around a bit and I would have gladly paid $300 for what we got this morning!” - David and Carrie Dortch, Alabama

Join our expert local guide
6:30am – 3:30pm (approx. end time – often directed by the birds!)
$240 for 1-4 persons. 

Friends, families or groups traveling together may elect to have additional persons (+$20 pp) but we normally limit outings to 4 plus the guide. We encourage car-pooling to use one vehicle.  Meeting location is typically at the Portal Store, Cave Creek Ranch or SWRS for a focus on the canyon and higher elevation forests. Winter outings often depart from Mountain Valley Lodge or the Rodeo Grocery to focus on open-country birds.

Join us to seek out area bird specialties and share knowledge about the region’s fantastic biodiversity. Along with birds we look for javelina, coatimundi, wildflowers, scenic vistas and more.

If you book an outing and would like the cost savings of a sharing the guide, we can post the opportunity with our lodge owners to see if others might join you. We request booking as far in advance as possible as our guides have limited availability. We do look forward to meeting you and sharing the signature species of our region!  We have some availability for shorter outings, half-day

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$35.00 per person, based on 4 person group size. If fewer than 4, participants may pay the minimum fee ($140) split between them.  Please book as a custom outing, subject to guide availability. We try to offer at least two owling outings a week mid-April to early June, after that on demand. Owling outings will be limited to two vehicles, or 8 persons total.

Join us for 2-3 hours of finding owls and other night birds. Naturalists will introduce the species and drive to areas where we are likely to hear, and hopefully see, various species. Elf Owl, Whiskered Screech Owl, Western Screech Owl and Great Horned Owl are seen often. Spotted Owls are seen infrequently and Flammulated Owls are local and, compared to other species, rare. We may also find Poorwills and Whip-poor-wills. We try to stay near open areas, roads and trails when possible. Bring a flashlight.

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Portal cliff scenic


HIKING ADVENTURES, with an interpretive guide
Join local hiking guides to venture forth on the best trails of Arizona’s Chiricahua Mountains and New Mexico’s Peloncillos. While you hike, learn more about the area’s fascinating geology, plant life, wildlife & more!

Please request dates that work for YOU!  If you wish to share the cost and adventure, we’ll try to match you up with others visiting our area on similar dates. We have some of the best hiking Arizona has to offer!

Summer: 7:00am – 3:00pm  (winter trips start 8:00am)
These times are for all day hikes, that range from 5 miles onward. If you wish a shorter, half day hike, we can do that as well. Costs are the same as for birding outings, for 1-4 persons, $240 full day, $150 half day, and $20.00 per person additional. For groups larger than 7, we will have two guides.

Be the first to sign-on, and help us with that day’s selection!
Winter walks traverse lower canyons and foothills areas and may range higher in elevation depending on area snowpack. Carpool to trailheads and where needed we can organize help with shuttles.

Hikes may include: Silver Peak – Pine Park Loop – Ash Springs – Cave Creek Canyon – Hummingbird Springs – Owl Canyon – Price Canyon - Heights above Paradise & More!

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Portal - California Gulch hikers

5% of all outing fees will be donated to the NEW Friends of Cave Creek Canyon (FOCC).

CANCELLATION or rescheduling:
We really appreciate you letting us know as space is limited and others may be waiting. Thank you!

If you cancel BY NOON, at least two days ahead of your tour, we can refund your deposit less a $10 pp cancellation fee. After that, if we can fill your space on that outing any time ahead of departure, we will refund less a $10 pp cancellation so the earlier you can let us know the better. No refunds will be made for no-shows. As space and guides are available we can attempt to reschedule you - please give us as much notice as you can. If wind or bad weather precludes an outing, we will do our best to reschedule within your time limits.

We look forward to meeting you and to sharing time in our beautiful area! 


Naturalist Journeys, LLC is a permittee of the Coronado National Forest. Naturalist Journeys, LLC is an equal opportunity service provider and committed to the goal of ensuring equal opportunity for all in employment and program delivery.