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Connecting with Nature

The Borderlands Wildlife Preserve is primarily managed for the well-being of local plants and wildlife. The space is also dedicated to engaging with the human community that has been a part of this landscape for thousands of years. Due to covid, for the past three years there has been a noticeable lack of that human community within the preserve.


View from Smith Canyon Loop Trail at the BWP.
View from Smith Canyon Loop Trail at the BWP.

This year we have introduced a series of guided nature hikes, and it has been a joy to see the return of groups of curious hikers to the trails. This spring, these hikes have taken place on the Smith Canyon Loop Trail, an easy-to-moderate hiking trail with a series of interpretive signs for learning more about the area and habitat restoration work. Emphasizing the innate need for humans to connect with nature, each of the three spring guided hikes has booked up almost immediately.


Joaquin Murrieta-Saldivar guides a nature hike at the BWP.
Joaquin Murrieta-Saldivar guides a nature hike at the BWP.

Luckily for those who have missed out, we will be offering an additional three guided nature hikes this fall when the monsoon rains and heat of the summer die down. If you are interested in joining in on one of these future events, please make sure to follow us on social media or sign up for the Borderlands Restoration Network monthly e-newsletter.


Participants with guide Melissa Fratello on a bird hike at the Smith Canyon Loop Trail.
Participants with guide Melissa Fratello on a bird hike at the Smith Canyon Loop Trail.

The preserve is always open to hikers and has a series of three trails, including a section of the Arizona Trail for you to enjoy. Please check out our website for guidelines and we hope you visit soon and enjoy sharing the space as much as we do. Happy Spring!

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