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Navopatia Field Station


The Navopatia Field Station is our field camp on the shores of the Agiabampo estuary. Here students, visitors, and locals alike can spend time in the coastal thornscrub and the waters of the Agiabampo estuary and the Sea of Cortez. The field station is where our research and monitoring efforts are centered. We welcome visitors, researchers, and school groups throughout the winter operating season (December- March).

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Navopatia Field Station


The Navopatia Field Station is our field camp on the shores of the Agiabampo estuary. Here students, visitors, and locals alike can spend time in the coastal thornscrub and the waters of the Agiabampo estuary and the Sea of Cortez. The field station is where our research and monitoring efforts are centered. We welcome visitors, researchers, and school groups throughout the winter operating season (December- March).

Navopatia Field Station is an off-grid field camp on the Agiabampo Estuary/Sea of Cortez, 14 kilometers north of the Sonora/Sinaloa border, open from December through mid March.  The Station is a long day’s drive south of Tucson.

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We offer rustic, comfortable accommodations to students, researchers, and eco-tourists interested in natural history. We live and work closely with the local community and are a great outlet for personal cultural exchange.

The rustic lodging gives visitors the unique opportunity to engage the natural surroundings and live in rugged conditions with great food and an unmatched atmosphere. Our accommodations include rooms in naturally built buildings, spacious wall tents, a camping space, and an elegant casita that sleeps two.

Three excellent meals are provided each day. Toilet facilities are open-air pit toilets. There is a propane heated shower. The station is off the grid, far from power lines and water service. All freshwater is collected from rain catchment and carefully conserved.

We have a small fleet of kayaks and canoes to explore the estuary and access study sites. We also have an extensive reading library which includes scientific reference materials, field guides, novels, and general reading material.

Many recreational opportunities are available in the vicinity, including: swimming, hiking, bird watching, dolphin watching (we sometimes are able to swim with dolphins), and many others. Guided bird tours can be arranged with experienced guides in motorized watercraft, kayaks, on foot, or auto.

Many visitors stay for weeks or months, while others come just for a day of birding or kayaking.

The land surrounding the field station is a beautiful Organ Pipe Cactus (Pitaya) forest found nowhere else on earth. It offers excellent opportunities for exploring and discovery. Reservations can be made on our website.


Stay Rates: 
Per person: (all full stay rates include use of kayaks, 3 prepared meals, water, full sleeping accommodations and use of all other amenities. Members deduct $5 from all full stay prices. Student/Research rates available upon request.)
1 night: full accommodations -$45 US donation

1 night: camping-$35 US donation

1 night: casita - $55 US donation

*Memberships can be obtained onsite or by emailing navopatia@gmail.com  (see below for driving directions)

Activity Rates:
Day use of Kayaks: $10 per day per person
Single meals: $10 per person per meal
Guided Boat/Bird Tours: $150 per boat (8 people max) 
If you would like a tour please contact us two weeks prior to the date you wish to tour. 
We are open early December to late March.
Space is extremely limited, so we do ask that you make reservations prior to your visit. For reservations please contact:
647-115-7964 (Mexico) 
navopatia@gmail.com (preferred)

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What do I need to bring with me?

The field station is in a very remote area and you will need to bring a few extra things with you if you are planning on staying for more than a couple of days. Three delicious meals and water are included with your stay, though cocktails, beer and similar sundries are not included in the nightly rate.

Clothing:

Be prepared for cloudy, foggy weather, as well as warm, sunny, (dare I say hot?) weather. Nights are cool, so a jacket is a nice thing to have with you. It is advisable to wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts and close-toed shoes while walking in the cactus dominated thorn forest.

  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Warm hat
  • Sunhat

Other items:

  • Books: we have a great collection of books and always love to add to the library. Bring your favorites, you can leave them if you like, or take them home. Reading is a favorite past-time of visitors.
  • Camera
  • Cards
  • Tools (screwdrivers, wrenches, cheap wood saws, etc. These all make great gifts to local folks, and sometimes we need them too!)
  • Binoculars
  • Headlamp/Flashlight w/ batteries
  • Sleeping Bag (if you are camping, or if you know you are a cold sleeper)
  • Tent and ground pad (if you are camping)
  • Musical instruments (we have a few but if you like to play)
  • Water Bottle
  • Toys (for gifts e.g. balls, etc for local kids inexpensive, dollar store stuff is fine)
  • School supplies for local kids (pencils, pens, spiral notebooks, etc. It can be quite expensive here and we donate school supplies to local students and schools.
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Driving Directions


Driving Directions


Traveling South from Navojoa on Mex15, you will see a Pemex gas station on your right (Los Toltecas).  This will be approximately 37 miles South of Navojoa and is your last chance to gas up before heading to the station.

Shortly after the Pemex at Los Toltecas, you will see a sign for Ejido Juan Escutia and a kilometer marker 91.  Take the first right after the Km 91marker and reset your trip odometer.

You will drive through Ejido Juan Escutia, then at 0.3 miles cross over an irrigation canal.

Continue on this road until 1.5 miles then turn Left, there will be fields on both sides of the road.

At 2.5 miles you will cross over another irrigation canal, continue straight and pass through Ejido Alvaro Obregon at 4.0 miles.  At the far side of this ejido you will go over a cattlegaurd.

Continue on this road and at 4.9 miles veer right, there are powerlines on the left side of the road.  Follow them and the road most traveled, at around 7.9 miles you will cross over another cattlegaurd.

Keep traveling forward, shortly after the cattlegaurd the road will curve back and forth through the powerline poles.  This road changes slightly every year so just relax and take the most traveled.  You will pass through Ejido Las Aguilas which doesn't have a sign but is where the powerlines end.

On the far end of this ejido (town) there will be some more fields on both sides of the road and then at 11.2 miles there will be a white sign on the left side of the road that says "Bahia de Agiabampo es mas limpio ….." After this sign you will see Pitayal (cactus forest) on both sides of the road.

Continue forward until you reach Navopatia.  You will see a few houses and part of the estuary.  At 13.5 miles veer left.

Then at  13.7 miles veer right.  This is the road that leads into Navopatia Field Station.  You have arrived.

 

NAVOPATIA FIELD STATION IS OPEN FROM MID- DECEMBER THROUGH MID-MARCH

AFTER LEAVING MEX15, ROAD CONDITIONS ARE NOT OPTIMAL, HIGH CLEARANCE VEHICLES ARE RECOMMENDED; TRY NOT TO DRIVE THE ROAD AT NIGHT OR AFTER A RAIN.  ROAD CONDITIONS CAN CHANGE DAILY.

PLEASE SHOW RESPECT BY DRIVING SLOWLY THROUGH THE EJIDOS.