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Rillito River Park–Columbus Weed Patch

Tucson, Arizona 85718
Rillito River Park webpage
Rillito River Trail (Rails to Trails) webpage
Rillito River Park map

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Rillito River Park–Columbus Weed Patch
Coordinates: 32.2732364, -110.9032059
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Tips for birding Columbus Weed Patch
On the northern end of central Tucson’s Columbus Boulevard there is a small parking area with direct access to the Rillito River path. Head west .25 mile along the paved walking path to the bridge and check the numerous hackberry trees and wolfberry shrubs, both of which provide berries for local winter species such as thrushes and sparrows. This path runs along the southern end of the locally famed “weed patch,” which is full of seed producing tall grasses and maybe one of the 14 species of sparrows recorded here! Back at the parking area continue east along the paved bike path as it skirts a large restoration area that frequently hosts a lesser-known southeastern Arizona specialty, the Rufous-winged Sparrow. Don’t forget to look up at the tall electric towers that run down the middle of the typically dry riverbed. They provide excellent perches for many raptor species, like Peregrine Falcon.
From Tucson Audubon Society

About Rillito River Park
The Rillito River Park Trail runs for 12 miles along the course of the Rillito River, from Craycroft Road to under I-10 and linking with the Santa Cruz River Park Trail. The trail is fully paved in asphalt and is open from dawn to dusk.

Two trails follow the banks of the Rillito River and lots of shops are conveniently located on either side for quick pulls offs. The western endpoint connects with the Santa Cruz River Park Trail, taking you down near the Tucson International Airport.
From Rillito River Trail (Rails to Trails) webpage