Sanderson - Sheffield Loop
- Iraan Chamber of Commerce, 432-639-2232, www.iraantx.com
- Terrell County Visitors Center, 432-345-2509, www.sandersonchamberofcommerce.info
Bi-Centennial Park and Terrell County Courthouse
From intersection of Hwy 285 and Hwy 90, go east on Hwy 90 (becomes Oak Street) for .9 miles, turn left at 1st Street for .2 miles. Park is located at 1st and Mansfield Streets.
Contains picnic tables, pavilion, playground, and swimming pool. Bird species include Red-tailed Hawk, Golden Eagle, Scaled Quail, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Greater Roadrunner, hummingbirds, Vermilion Flycatcher, Loggerhead Shrike, Chihuahuan Raven, Rock Wren, bluebirds, Canyon Towhee, and many others. Large trees attract Barn Owl, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, and Painted Bunting.
Cactus Capital Hiking and Nature Trail
From intersection of Hwy 285 and Hwy 90, go east of Hwy 90 (becomes Oak Street) for .9 miles, turn left at 1st street for .2 miles. Cactus Capital Trail Kiosk is located at Bicentennial Park.
A moderately challenging 2-mile walking trail leads up to Hominy and Javelina Hills and offers views of Sanderson and the surrounding area. Bird species include Red-tailed Hawk, Golden Eagle, Scaled Quail, Mourning Dove, Greater Roadrunner, hummingbirds, Vermilion Flycatcher, Chihuahuan Raven, Cactus Wren, bluebirds, Sage Thrasher, Canyon Towhee, Pyrrhuloxia, and many others year-round.
Canyons RV Park
From intersection of Hwy 285 and Hwy 90, go east on Hwy 90
(becomes Oak Street) for 1.6 miles. RV park will be on the right.
RV park is open year-round and offers full hook-ups, tent sites, restrooms/showers, cable, wireless internet and laundromat. This site includes Sanderson Canyon, where lots of bushes and trees attract birds. Doves, finches, cardinals, wrens, robins, woodpeckers, Bobwhite Quail, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Red-winged Blackbird, tanagers, hummingbirds, Blue Quail, and Purple Martin have been observed.
Birdsong Outpost Ranch
From Sanderson, go east on Hwy 90 (becomes Oak Street) for about 20 miles. Turn right (south) on Shafter Crossing Road; go 7.5 miles to the ranch entrance.
This ranch offers thousands of acres in rugged terrain that's fun for hikers, wildlife viewers, mountain bikers, and more. The ranch's live water attracts wildlife of every type creating excellent opportunities for birdwatching and wildlife photography. Common year-round birds include Red-tailed Hawks, Scaled Quail, Cactus and Canyon wren, Black-throated Sparrow, and Curve-billed Thrasher. Visitors might also have a chance to see mule deer, horned lizards, and bobcat in the surrounding Chihuahuan Desert.
Ranch for the Birds
10 miles south of Sheffield on Hwy 349/Davenport Rd. on the east side. Green gate (auto open). Call for better directions.
Deer, javelina, jackrabbit, and porcupine found year-round. Birds are here year round, but fall and spring migration are especially good. Guided tours are available to areas with water and blinds to sit in for close wildlife viewing. Three-bedroom house and meals make it a place where time is for birding. Permission required for entry and visitor must sign liability release. Reservations required; call for prices. Seasonal operation: October 15 through March 15.