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Environmental Education at Brown Canyon

BrownCanyon_512x219From the 200 million year-old volcanic rocks to the rich and distinctive variety of plants and animals, this protected enclave of high Sonoran desert is a treasured part of the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge. 

The Brown Canyon Environmental Education Center offers the public an opportunities to explore, enjoy and learn in an amazing setting deep within the refuge.  

Brown Canyon Guided Hikes 
Group Stays at the Brown Canyon Environmental Education Center 
Group Stays at the Casita
Workshops with the Friends of Buenos Aires NWR  

In an effort to lessen the impacts to wildlife and plant species, the canyon is open by reservation only.  

Directions to Brown Canyon: 

To Brown Canyon from Tucson: Take I-10 to I-19. Exit west onto Ajo Way/Hwy 86. Travel 21 miles to Robles Junction/Three Points. Turn south (left) onto Hwy 286. Go past milepost 21 to two mailboxes on the right. Turn here and wait on the west side of the cattle guard, where you will be met. (1¼ hrs)

To Brown Canyon from Green Valley / Amado / Tubac: Take I-19 to Arivaca Road, Exit 48. Go west to the stop sign and turn right. At the Cow Palace turn west (left) onto Arivaca Road. It will be 35 miles to Hwy 286. Along the way you go through Arivaca; veer right at the Sasabe/Ruby Road sign. Continue west and turn north (right) onto Hwy 286. Go past milepost 20 to two mailboxes on the left. Turn here and wait on the west side of the cattle guard, where you will be met. (1¼ hrs)

To Brown Canyon from Arivaca: Take Arivaca Road west; veer right at the Sasabe/Ruby Road sign. At this point pick up directions from the previous paragraph. (¾ hr)

To Brown Canyon from refuge headquarters: Travel north on Hwy 286. Go past milepost 20 to two mailboxes on the left. Turn west (left) here and wait on the west side of the cattle guard, where you will be met. (½ hr)

Last Updated: Oct 16, 2012
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