Private Sky Islands Nature Adventures

By popular demand Ravens-Way Wild Journeys  LLC – RWWJ – offers private, custom-made Sky Islands Nature Adventures & Tours tailored to your individual interests, needs, physical abilities, and preferences. We cater to individuals, couples, families, military service members, companies, organizations, private groups, and thus focus on their specific goals, fitness level, age, past experience & training, and interests to best suit their overall Nature Adventure objectives. As a result, our private Sky Islands Nature Adventures have become our most sought after option and thus you need to book your reservation far in advance!

Since 1987, our decades of field experience exploring, studying, researching, living, and teaching in the Sky Islands is reflected in RWWJ’S intimate knowledge of local wilderness areas and natural habitats, helping our guests, clients and organizations to best meet their detailed objectives and preferences. We lead you to off-the-beaten-path Sky Islands wilderness areas to explore pristine natural environments where you will rarely see other tourists. Leaving the busy tourist spots for you to visit on your own!


RWWJ offers an exciting menu of private Sky Islands Nature Adventures & Tour options that include:

Once you share the following parameters with us via email, we will choose the most suitable destination(s) and format(s) from all the amazing Sky Islands Nature Adventures options available.

Please include in your email:

  1. The total number of participants
  2. Half-Day, Full-Day, or Multi-Day expedition.
  3. Date preference
  4. Specific Natural History areas of interest
  5. Preference between a more passive Tour or a very physical and active Adventure

We will respond with our suggestions and the tuition for your private Sky Islands Nature Adventure.  Given our often fully booked schedule, reservations should ideally be made as far in advance as possible.




Passionate about the urgent need to protect the area’s unique biodiversity and promote conservation efforts in the region, Vincent came up with the concept of a new film: Biodiversity in the Heart of the Sky Islands  – serving as the film’s Screenwriter, Film Narrator, and on-screen Presenter.  In this new Nature documentary Vincent explores the rich ecology and inherent beauty of key wild areas in the Sky Islands – including looming threats to their ecological integrity, valuable natural resources, and continued survival. Will generations to come have these natural treasures to enjoy or will they be carelessly squandered?

If you’re an experienced birder, looking to add species to your “Life list”, and hoping to see as many Sky Islands  “Target Species” as possible from your “Wish List”, Vincent will customize your Birding Hotspots locations in order to maximize the chances of seeing your target species. For further Tour details please visit: Sky Islands Birding Tours .  To view and download an Audubon article detailing Vincent Pinto’s experience, please click: PDF

For beginner and intermediate birders we can work with you to determine which wilderness areas to explore, while seeking the awesome diversity of Sky Islands birds and improving your birding skills along the way!  Regardless of your past birding experience and birding level, we will always focus our efforts in the best off-the-beaten path Sky Islands Birding Hotspots areas as well as lesser-known, yet diverse hot-spots in order to maximize the overall number of species you may encounter.



In addition, as a Naturalist, Ethnobotanist, and Wildlife Biologist leading tours in the Sky Islands for the past 35 years, Vincent offers Sky Islands Biodiversity Tours to showcase the amazing biodiversity of the area. Vincent is passionate about sharing his knowledge about the fauna and flora of this gorgeous region. The learning experience with Vincent will always include multiple fascinating Naturalist topics and disciplines – suitable for those that are interested in adding another dimension to their Birding experience. For further Tour details, visit Sky Islands Biodiversity Tours

Unlike many other tour companies, Ravens-Way Wild Journeys LLC  truly provides personal attention to every detail of your custom-made Nature Adventure.  Our unique Sky Islands private programs are custom-made and tailored to our client’s interests, needs, and physical abilities.  After we confirm availability and we help you design the private adventure that best suits you and your group, we will send an in-depth itinerary, weather forecast, gear list, and directions.

Ravens-Way Wild Journeys LLC is a small, local, family-owned Conservation, Education, and  Nature Adventure organization – passionate about raising awareness about our unique Sky Islands Biodiversity! We highly value your interest and support of our Mission, treating you like the valued guest that you are to us!



The Sky Islands Nature Adventures & Biodiversity Tour options are countless.  Within easy striking range from Raven’s Nest Nature Sanctuary  there are many very different natural environments with amazing range of contrasting habitats, bird species diversity, photographic opportunities and broad spectrum of natural history topics, showcasing the unique beauty and biodiversity of the region.

Scenic drives that will take your breath away and which present gorgeous photographic opportunities can also be incorporated into your Nature Adventure. We will work with you to carefully craft a Sky islands Tour that incorporates the interests, fitness and challenge level, seasonal biodiversity hot-spots, and the level of difficulty that best suits you and your group/organization.


RWWJ will tailor your private experience to allow you to set the pace that best suits you and your group! Trekking at a mostly moderate pace through a diverse set of habitats, or slowly meandering during a Naturalist Saunter, you’ll soon discover fascinating native flora and fauna, spectacular vistas, and the peace and quiet inherent in the wilderness as you explore the incomparable Sky Islands.

At the conclusion of all RWWJ Biodiversity Tours, you will receive a PDF via email with a complete list of the wildlife you’ve encountered during your Nature Adventure.


Raven’s Nest Nature Sanctuary offers a great place to initiate any of your private program requests – with over 6 miles of groomed Nature Trails, Wildlife Ponds that attract diverse wildlife, and natural history displays housed within the Sky Islands Discovery Center.

Whether you are taking a day program, staying overnight in our Safari Eco-lodge, or with a group in Main Camp, investigating the species-rich habitats at Raven’s Nest is always a good place to start!

Our Mesquite Woodlands, Grasslands, arroyos, and canyons provide a personal glimpse into the biodiversity of the Sky Islands or its ample natural resources for Wilderness Survival.

As a prelude to other experiences in Nature, consider taking a half or full-day saunter at Raven’s Nest Nature Sanctuary.  Our miles of Nature trails will provide a great introduction to the Sky Islands, including its diverse wildlife and native plants.

During a relaxed walk you’re much more likely to spot a troop of White-nosed Coatis (tropical members of the Raccoon family), get a great photo of a spectacular Elegant Trogon, or see the sublime details of colorful butterflies and wildflowers. We can tailor a Naturalist Saunter to your exact interests, time restrictions, and areas of preferred focus.

Join us at Ravens-Way Wild Journeys LLC and choose either a slow-paced ramble – short to long, designed to accommodate most walking abilities. Or depending upon your wants and needs, imagine an exciting trek through a diverse set of habitats, searching for fascinating native flora and fauna – many species of which are unique to our Sky Islands region.



You can choose to do a Half-day, Full-day, or Multiple Day Biodiversity Tour with terrain as easy or as difficult as you like. Either way, we’ll guide you at a measured pace intended to increase your chances of encountering and enjoying various Sky Islands species.


The options for a private Biodiversity Sky Islands Tour with Vincent Pinto are diverse, fascinating, and educational.  Designed to go beyond mere sightseeing and exercise during a walk in the wild!



Within easy striking range of Raven’s Nest Nature Sanctuary are an impressive array of other wild areas. Ravens-Way Wild Journeys LLC can be your guide to the natural and cultural history of the region, as you explore the gorgeous Sky Islands.  Be it a Sky Islands Biodiversity Tour, Nature Trek, Naturalist Saunter, Sky Islands Birding Tour, Wildlife Safari, or Wilderness Survival program, we can custom-make a memorable experience in Nature for you and/or your group!

Depending on your target species list and interests, we shall venture even further afield requiring at least a few full day’s commitment to explore amazing natural wonders and Biodiversity hot-spots!


Join us on our seasonal RWWJ Biodiversity Tours:




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