Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center

As Americans we are becoming more urbanized and losing our connection to the natural world.

About the Center

The LEED Platinum certified Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center is a nature center in the heart of Phoenix’s Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area—a 600-acre park space in the historic Salt River corridor. Located less than two miles from downtown Phoenix, the Center is a gateway to a lush Sonoran riparian habitat used by over 200 species of birds and other wildlife.

The free admission Center offers interactive exhibits, an interpretive loop trail, connections to the Rio Salado Habitat’s sixteen miles of hiking and riding trails and a variety of programs, including family nature walks, wildlife encounters, birding classes and bird walks, school field trip programs and more. Click here for more information about the Center’s programs. To view a map of the trail system, click here.

Designed by Weddle Gilmore Architects, the Center’s sustainable features include a photovoltaic system, a waste water recycling system, low water use fixtures, pervious surfaces and bioswales to capture rain and run-off water and energy efficient mechanical and electrical systems.

The Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center is the headquarters of the Arizona state office of the National Audubon Society.


Fall & Spring Hours:  September 1st  - May 22

Open Tuesday through Sunday, 9am to 4pm

Closed Mondays

Summer Hours:  May 23 - August 31

Open Monday through Friday, 8am to 1pm.

Closed Saturday & Sunday

2015 Holiday Hours

  • New Years Day, CLOSED
  • January 2, OPEN 9am -2pm
  • Memorial Day weekend, CLOSED (Summer hours start)
  • Memorial Day, CLOSED
  • July 3rd, CLOSED
  • Labor Day, CLOSED (Summer hours end)
  • Thanksgiving Day, CLOSED
  • Friday - Sunday, after Thanksgiving, OPEN 9am -2pm
  • Christmas Eve, OPEN 9am -2pm
  • Christmas Day, CLOSED
  • Saturday & Sunday, after Christmas, OPEN 9am -2pm
  • Decemer 30 and 31, OPEN 9am -2pm

On the days the Center is closed, the birds will be here, just not us! You can still explore the 600 acre restoration area and enjoy six miles of trails outside of the Audubon gates.

Trails are open 7 days a week, 365 days a year, from dawn to dusk.

Admission is FREE

3131 S. Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85040

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