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Nature and Heritage Festival

History, culture and nature
santa fe ranch terrace

A beautiful garden setting at the Santa Fe Ranch near Nogales

The Santa Cruz Nature & Heritage Festival is an annual event held in Santa Cruz County, Arizona to celebrate and enjoy the rich history, culture and natural beauty of Santa Cruz County and the adjoining state of Sonora, Mexico.

A primary focus of the event is birding in Santa Cruz County, Arizona and Northern Mexico. Participants learn about the varieties of avian species that are indigenous to the area or that visit the area on their seasonal migratory route. And there are options to take a birding and hiking tour to a site in Santa Cruz County or at a nearby location in Mexico.

Other opportunities to experience the natural beauty and diversity of the region include learning from a master gardener how to grow plants that are native to the region, and learning about other creatures who call this place home, like hummingbirds and butterflies.

The heritage and culture of this part of the world are a rich, fascinating mix of pre-Hispanic traditions blended with influences from Spanish explorers and missionaries, and evolving into the modern culture of the Southwestern United States and Northern Mexico.

To celebrate and experience this rich heritage and culture, the Nature and Heritage Festival sponsors various events and experiences every year, from tours to Mexican missions that were established on sites originally founded by the Jesuit priest Father Eusebio Francisco Kino, and classes in local cuisine.

And because heritage continues to grow and evolve, we also explore the heritage of the local economy of Santa Cruz County with classes and tours for participants to learn about local industries like wineries, produce importation and distribution, ranching and filmmaking. Sound interesting? It is, and we invite you to join us for this year’s Santa Cruz Nature and Heritage Festival!


Nature, heritage and film

Santa Cruz County

Amazing history and natural beauty

Sonora, Mexico

A fascinating and beautiful place to visit