|Ed Pastor Kino Ecosystem Restoration Project (KERP)|
The riparian and open water components of this site provide invaluable habitat for urban wildlife, as well as an important public education tool. The project restores the flood-control basin to a habitat similar to that of the original Tucson Basin, including riparian, mesquite bosques, upland, c...
Feliz Paseo Park
|Description: Feliz Paseo Park features a sensational setting with the Tucson Mountains as a backdrop, diverse native vegetation, deep washes, a wildlife waterhole, and interesting geologic features. The site offers wildlife viewing opportunities for people of all abilities, and is close to Tucson on the route to Tucson Mountain Park and the Sonoran Desert Museum.
The banks of two deep wash drainages from the watershed of the Tucson Mountains are lined with ironwood trees and whitethorn acacias. Slopes and rocky outcroppings host dense strands of saguaros and paloverde trees, brittlebush, cholla and pincushion cacti. The rolling hills and cliff faces provide great views into desert washes, with scenic vistas of the Tucson basin and surrounding desert.
Wildlife to Watch: There are excellent opportunities to see Gila woodpecker, white-winged dove, Gambel’s quail, canyon towhee, cactus wren, and other common desert birds. Mule deer, javelina, gophersnake, and desert spiny lizard are a few examples of the variety of species.
Other Activities: The park features universal access trails, with a ½ mile loop and an extensive network of connecting trails with wildlife viewing overlooks throughout the park. Distances and accessibility ratings are posted along all trails, with interpretive and directional signage.
Ownership: Pima County Natural Resources Parks and Recreation
Size: 50 acres
Closest Town: Tucson
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