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Group Stays at the Casita

The Brown Canyon Casita is the perfect setting to get away and learn about native wildlife, riparian and wetland habitats, endangered species, birding, nature photography, and mountain ecosystems.

Group Stays at the Casita are no longer being offered


Thank you for your interest in the Brown Canyon Casita at Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge. Brown Canyon rentals are strictly reserved for Environmental Education and appreciation purposes. 

For questions or more information, please call Joshua Smith at 520/823-4251 ext. 101 or email him at

The following information will help you prepare for your stay.

You will be greeted and escorted to the Casita. We will meet you on Highway 268, between mile marker 20 and 21 on the west side of the road near the mail boxes

What to bring
-Food for each day you are at the Casita.
-Cookware, plates and silverware are provided.
-Sleeping bag or linens
-Washcloth, towel & soap
-Water bottle, daypack & sunscreen
-Binoculars, camera, film, field guides
-Personal items or special foods.

What to wear

-At 4100 feet elevation, Brown Canyon days are generally warm with cool evenings.
-Dressing in layers will provide the most flexibility.
-Include a hat for outdoor sun protection and wear sturdy shoes.

Things to note
-The Casita has sleeping accommodations for 4.
-To light the stove, turn the knob and light with the provided lighter.
-Please recycle and conserve. Limited power comes from solar and a generator so we request no hair dryers, curling irons or other devices of high power.
-There is a goldfish pond on your right as you come in the drive way. There is food for them by the wall. Feel free to feed them a little now and then if you’d like.
-You will see several field guides and books on the bookshelves. Please feel free to use them while on your stay.
-Keep the Casita and your car doors locked. There might be migrant traffic moving through the area. Securing your belongings is highly recommended.
-Practice quiet observation to minimize disturbance to birds, wildlife and others.
-Please clean the Casita prior to your departure. Cleaning supplies are provided. Please schedule at least 30 minutes for cleaning.
-Pack out your trash. There is no trash pickup in the canyon.

The following are prohibited:

  • Littering. Remember to pack in and pack out.
  • Collecting rocks, plants, insects, bones, artifacts, etc.
  • Smoking in buildings or on the trails.
  • Alcohol or drugs.
  • Firearms.
Last Updated: Oct 11, 2016
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