Crows Nest Ranch campground lies in a transition zone between the upper elevations of the Davis Mountains and the lower pine, oak, juniper woodlands, while the road into the campground stretches across high desert grassland.
Our remote mountain canyon offers wildlife food, water and a rich, sheltered habitat year around.
Besides the mule deer that frequent the campground, watch for javelina, fox, coyotes, auodad, bobcat. (Cougars don't stray down the mountain.)
From the campground, mountain landmarks Mitre Peak, Haystack and others rise into each colorful sunrise. (No special filters or artistic license necessary!)
Climb to the top of Brown Mountain and look across to Mount Livermore as few people ever see it.
Our abundance of wildlife means there's a good chance you'll catch something posing.
From the tiniest wildflower to an ancient alligator juniper, nature waits to inspire.
Crows Nest Ranch is a secret well-kept by serious astronomers. The lack of traffic up our private road keeps the air clear of dust, and the quiet campground is ideal for leaving a telescope set up while you sleep away the day. We are just across the mountains from MacDonald Observatory, which is about 45 minutes away.
You don't need a telescope to enjoy our skies, but if you have one, this is the place to bring it!
Let us know your special needs and we'll try to help give you the best viewing experience.