As space permits, people other than scientists and researchers are welcome to stay at the SWRS. The Chiricahua Mountains are a prime destination for nature enthusiasts, with some 265 bird species recorded in the area, including nesting Elegant Trogons, Montezuma Quail, and over 13 species of hummingbirds. About 30 species are of sub-tropical origin and have their northern limits within this area.
Tour groups (participants of official organizations) are welcome to stay at the Southwestern Research Station. Space is usually available only during the spring and fall. Tour participants are housed in private rooms, double occupancy (some single occupancy rooms are available). All rooms have small kichenettes. Tour organizers must coordinate reservations and room assignments, and handle payment.
Please let us know in advance if you will need trail lunches during your stay, and if any participants are vegetarians. If your participants need coffee before breakfast, you may arrange this in advance - the tour leader or a member of your group will be responsible making coffee on the dining porch as the dining room is not open until breakfast. Coffee break refreshments can be arranged (for a charge). Refrigerators are available for storing cold drinks, etc. Smoking is prohibited in all buildings on station grounds.
Tour groups that will be using National Forest areas (e.g., South Fork, Rustler Park) for activities are advised that they may be required by law to obtain an Outfitter/Guide Permit. Please write to Recreation and Lands Staff, Douglas Ranger District, Coronado National Forest, 3081 N. Leslie Canyon Rd., Douglas AZ 85607, or call 520-364-3468. South Fork and other areas have a USFS parking fee.
If you are a Tour Leader and would like to bring a Tour to the station, please call the main office for Rates (520-558-2396) and speak with our Tour Coordinator, Tresa Glore. Or Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
From mid-April to mid- September, the SWRS partners with the Hummingbird Monitoring Network and bands hummingbirds every two weeks. If you are interested in participating or just observing, call 520-558-2396 for the days we will be banding this year.
The SWRS offers birding tours in the spring and fall months each year. Enjoy great food, double occupancy cabin, gift shop, and spectacular views. Click here for more information on our 7-day tours.