Bring your binoculars and field guide, because this is the place to go for world-famous bird-watching. At the base of the Santa Rita Mountains, with Mt. Wrightson towering 9,453 feet above, Bog Springs Campground is a bird-watcher’s haven set among yucca, oak, and alligator juniper.
Riparian Madera Canyon is close enough to Mexico that birds rarely seen north of the border, such as the elegant trogon, visit here during the breeding season. Once heavily logged—madera is Spanish for timber— the forest now hosts more than 240 species, including the magnificent hummingbird, the Montezuma quail, and even the rare eared quetzal. Bog Springs Campground is open year-round, but only hosted during winter months. Come early in the day in April and May, since the campground routinely fills up when migrating birds are in breeding plumage.
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