Rail Oaks is located just
80 miles south of Tucson and less than 10 miles
south of Sierra Vista. It is nestled in the
beautiful Huachuca Mountains and rests in the
shadow of Carr Peak.
Rail Oaks is
bordered on two sides by federal land and is home
to deer, javelina and other majestic creatures.
A nature lover's
paradise, the area teems with many species of
birds, including raptors (Gray Hawks, Mississippi
Kite and Crested Caracara), sparrows
(black-throated sparrow, Botteri's Sparrow) and
hummingbirds (Magnificent, Annas and Ruby). Great
Horned Owls, Vermilion flycatchers and other
birds also migrate to the area.
interest to quail lovers, Gambel's, Montezuma and
scaled varieties also inhabit the ranch grounds.
A paved road leads into
this eclectic assortment of oak, cedar, mesquite
In autumn, the
ranch and its surrounding area turn to riotous
colors - russets, oranges and reds envelop the
countryside. The relatively mild winters
occasionally offer a soft blanket of pristine
snow. Springtime arrives with blossoms and
budding leaves, followed by the full, glorious
foliage of summer.
agree the opportune time for birding is April
through September, the area offers activities
year 'round. Situated off the main road, the din
of civilization is muffled at Rail Oaks.
One wakes to the
gentle chirping of birds and grazing wildlife.
During breakfast on the patio, one might observe
butterflies, rabbits, hummingbirds or coyotes.
Native flora includes everything from tiny moss
to towering oaks. A hike through the area
provides an opportunity to enjoy even more of the
native plant and animal life. During the evening,
it is easy to relax and let nightsongs of owls
and coyotes serenade.