With no shortage of scenic overlooks, wildlife, and, of course, birds, Madera Canyon is a popular destination for both amateur and professional photographers. The Santa Rita Lodge is an ideal location to capture treasured shots of native and migrating species of birds such as Broad Billed, Black-chinned, Magnificent, and Blue-throated hummingbirds, Black-headed Grosbeaks, Cassin's Finches, Bronzed Cowbirds, and the spectacular Elegant Trogon. The Santa Rita Lodge Gift Shop maintains a current bird checklist and seasonal information.
Near the main parking area of the Lodge is our ‘Wildlife Area' with varied feeders-seed feeders, platform feeders, nectar, and suet-to attract the greatest variety of birds. There is also a water feature which is not only popular among canyon birds, but also deer, coati, and ring-tailed cats. Due to the abundance of shade and the late sunrises and early sunsets in the canyon, come prepared with a flash for optimal photo-ops.