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          Front Page

November 19, 1998


  • Highlights: Provides a distinct "away from it all" feeling not far from Santa Fe Plaza.
  • Location: Take Upper Canyon Road in Santa Fe, bearing right at the Y. Follow the dirt road one half mile through the gate to the parking lot, where the road dead-ends. Trailhead begins east of visitor's center.
  • Round-trip distance: One-half mile
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Cautions: Center open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday (in midwinter closed on Saturday). For information, call (505) 983-4609 or write to P.O. Box 9314, Santa Fe 87504-9314.
  • Printable map

  • Randall Davey Audubon Center

    The trail called El Temporal, Spanish for "dry farm: tilled land in an arid region," is easy to follow and takes you through a protected area adjacent to Santa Fe National Forest. Stop in at the visitor's center of the Randall Davey Audubon Center to pay the admission fee of $1 for non-Audubon members.
    You can either borrow the hiking guide or pay 50 cents if you want to keep it. The guide provides a background of how the center's 135 acres at the mouth of the Santa Fe Canyon serve as a refuge not only for more than 100 species of birds, but also for bears, mountain lions, coyotes, raccoons and foxes. The upper section of the canyon contains reservoirs that furnish 50 percent to 75 percent of Santa Fe's water and is closed to public use.
    Randall Davey, an artist from New Jersey, decided to settle in Santa Fe after a motor trip west in 1919. A pioneer in modern art, he painted prolifically, taught art, and performed as a cellist for the Santa Fe Chamber Orchestra. A retrospective of his work can be seen in his adjoining house and studio. The original building, now maintained as a museum, was built as a mill. The well-kept gardens fronting the buildings are often used for weddings, conventions and various meetings. Davey was killed in 1964 in an automobile accident. He and his second wife, Isabel Holt, are buried on the grounds.

    Sue B. Mann