Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival

Apr 25th – Apr 28th

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 are invited to choose from a wide selection of offerings such as guided tours, hikes, and workshops in one of Arizona’s richest birding habitats.

The Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival engages birders, photographers, and nature lovers by providing quality guided birding experiences and workshops across Northern Arizona.

The festival is organized by Friends of the Verde River with a planning committee made up of community volunteers. Some volunteers represent different agencies and organizations, but they all donate their time throughout the year toward the success of the event. The committee has adopted a section of roadway that crosses the Verde River and cleans up litter every other month. Festival volunteers also contribute their time to other work projects, programs and environmental organizations throughout the valley. These dedicated people are the heart of the event.

The Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival is recognized by the State of Arizona as an “Arizona Treasure.” The event has grown into one of the most popular events of this type in Arizona. We share the popularity of birding in Arizona with other annual trip-based festivals, such as Southwest Wings, and Wings Over Willcox.

We are referred to as the “Friendliest Birding Festival” and it is our pleasure to work to maintain that reputation. We pride ourselves on the uniqueness of our offerings and guided trips, the knowledge of our guides and presenters, and the value and satisfaction that participants receive. We hope you enjoy your time along the Verde River and participating in the festival. Welcome!

  • Location Dead Horse Ranch State Park
  • 675 Dead Horse Ranch Rd,
  • Cottonwood, Arizona 86326


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