The Santa Fe Ranch Foundation is dedicated to: the conservation and preservation of the land and its non-renewable resources; to agriculture and its role in our daily lives; and to science, social studies, physical and health education.
The Santa Fe Ranch is home to a wide variety of plants which themselves provide habitat to innumerable creatures. Hundreds of species of bird, along with deer, Lynx, Javelina, Jack Rabbits, skunks, raccoons, rabbits, coyotes, and of course, insects, snakes and the millions of other kritters that go bump in the night live rent-free at the Santa Fe Ranch....
A Farm Animal Exhibit: A place where visitors are free to watch, touch and simply be with our happy animals and where severely developmentally disabled folk can come to be at peace.
Paula’s Garden: A lovely garden, designed, created and faithfully maintained by our friend Manfred Cripe. The native plants in our garden attract hundreds of butterflies each year as well as four species of hummingbird. The garden is named in memory of Paula Sedgwick, whose grace and loveliness is reflected in the serene atmosphere.
The Nature Trail: Built with the help of the boys of Scout Troop 555, this three-quarter mile trail passes through our Bird Sanctuary and then along the Santa Cruz River, past majestic cottonwoods, mesquite and hackberry trees, cacti and much more riparian vegetation (See ENVIRONMENT above). We are building five instruction areas along the trail, which will include signage identifying native plants, animal tracks, insect dwellings, a hand-dug well (pssst! If you are one of the children visitors you will be digging it!), and an area where we can teach “don’t pollute” and “don’t litter” values.
The Bird Sanctuary: A tranquil getaway for the birds of the Santa Cruz River, where visitors can sit in peace with nature,it is an area full of tall trees and birds. With the invaluable support of our volunteers and the hard work of the Little Red School’s fifth grade class, the area has been metamorphosed into a lovely sanctuary with a winding path, shady benches, and a sun dial. The bird sanctuary was made possible with support from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Nature of Learning Grant and the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge.
Cattle Corrals: Built more than eighty years ago, these mesquite corrals are still working today. They contain a weigh-scale large enough to measure the weight of an entire middle school, along with a handling and loading shoot where University of Arizona Animal Sciences students can sample the everyday working experiences of a cowboy.
The Main Barn: This wonderful old barn is at least one hundred years old! It was built with handmade raw adobe bricks, which keep us in warm in the winter and nice and cool in the summer. Ranch cowboy, Eduardo Bohorquez, mixes lime, water and prickly pear cactus ears in order to make a white-wash with which the barn is coated every few years. Eduardo has been doing this for the past fifteen years, so we have himto thank for the lovely white of the place. It is interesting to note that the barn was once used as a neighborhood slaughter house.
Las Lagunas de Anza: Although the physical property of Las Lagunas is owned by a third party, the Santa Fe Ranch has spearheaded the development of this wetland, which is located within the City of Nogales. The Las Lagunas de Anza project has involved dozens of groups, but it would not exist withouth the instrumental assistance of the young men and women of the Nogales High School Science club. Bravo! See LAS LAGUNAS (above) for more information.
LOCATION: The Santa Fe Ranch is located in Santa Cruz County approximately ten miles north of the U.S./Mexico border just outside of Nogales, Nogales, AZ. We are located, roughly, in the middle of the Arizona-Sonora Desert. Please see LOCATION above for specific driving directions.
You can send us a letter, etc. at:
Santa Fe Ranch
Post Office Box 1386
Nogales, AZ 85628.
Just in case you didn't know...
The Santa Fe Ranch includes river bottom, mountains, and high plains. The land varies in altitude from 3,200 to 4,300 feet. The widely diverse landscape is home to a broad variety of plants and animals, all of which The Santa Fe Ranch Foundation is committed to protecting.
The Santa Fe Ranch Foundation has received a conservation grant from the federal government in recognition of excellence in land stewardship. Human population pressures in Santa Cruz County on wildlife make this commitment especially important.
In addition to protecting the land ourselves, we believe that educating our youth is the keystone to preserving Mother Earth locally. Bringing people in contact with the land helps in our understanding of how to best preserve and conserve natural resources.
Our primary partner in this area is the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). We have also worked with the South East Arizona Land Trust, the Tucson Audubon Society, the Friends of the Santa Cruz River, the Nogales Chapter of the Boy Scouts, and CEDO. We look forward to expanding our partnerships with various community organizations.
We hope to hear from you!!!