Sky Falconry, Southern California’s premiere federally licensed falconry school, invites you to experience flying trained birds of prey to your glove and learn about one of the world’s oldest hunting traditions in the picturesque settings of San Diego and the mountains of Alpine.
A bucket list must!
Basic Falconry Lesson
Put a glove on & free fly a bird of prey. Learn the basics of falconry & its history. Play field games and take photos with a raptor.
Put a glove on & free fly a bird of prey. Take an exciting interactive walk with a hawk. Observe the raptor in its natural habitat. Amazing long flights & more.
Owl & Falcon Encounter
Put a glove on & free fly a falcon and handle a great horned owl. Learn about the roles diurnal and nocturnal raptors play in the environment and adaptations each have that set them apart from other birds of prey.
Private Hawk Walk
Due to the popularity of our Hawk Walk we are now offering Private Hawk Walks geared for 2+ participants. Make this raptor adventure an intimate one with just you and yours.
WE ARE SKY FALCONRY
We want to thank National Geographic & Photographer Sam Tippetts for their amazing work showcasing Sky Falconry.
Outstanding experience! We did the private raptor experience and it was totally worth it. Having the hawks and falcons fly to you was amazing! Kirk and Denise were the perfect hosts. Both were so friendly and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend Sky Falconry.
Spending time with these amazing raptors, and learning from Denise and Kirk was a transcendent experience. No other way to describe it. if you love wildlife and nature, you must do this !
Outstanding experience - a chance to do something so unusual, in stunning countryside with highly engaging hosts. When would you otherwise have the chance to see a falcon swooping right by at ground level at nearly 70 miles an hour? Or have a hawk or falcon land on your outstretched glove? This encounter is so interactive with majestic and beautiful birds. We also added the owl encounter and it was so worth it. Denise and Kirk are also passionate and engaging about educating visitors about the birds, which rounds out one of the most unusual and exhilarating experiences in the whole of California. You need to sign up online but it was a straightforward experience and the drive finishes down an unmade road (you are out in the wilderness even though only two miles away from the edge of town) but that means you get spectacular views as a bonus. Just go!
Excellent, informative experience to be up close with these magnificent raptors. Denise and Kirk are extraordinary hosts and very accommodating. They go out of their way to ensure everyone gets to interact with the majestic birds. Lanner falcon was my absolute favorite to watch in flight.
Thank you Denise and Kirk for an unforgettable time!
Really quite amazing experience. Denise and Kirk are excellent hosts. The whole experience was very well organized and structured, with lots of opportunity to interact and to learn. Guides are extremely knowledgeable and also clearly devoted to their birds. Great experience for both adults and a nature-interested 11-year-old.
This was our second visit to this hidden gem and we were excited for the chance to interact with their Great horned owl and one of their Lanner Falcons in a new offering.
As with our previous visit two years earlier, Jade and Kirk do a superb job educating their guests about all birds of prey and today we learned oodles about owls and falcons. Their location about an hour outside San Diego makes for an easy excursion during a visit. Just be sure to carefully follow the Google-maps directions-the last five miles is on a lonely rutted gravel road but just keep on going and you will eventually arrive at their hilltop clearing and small trailer gift shop where you will first need to complete a liability waiver.
Expect some great pix and be sure to take a couple slo-mo videos!
A MUST do!
With a small group size, 6 or so, everyone gets a chance to be up close with these magnificent creatures.
We did the private hawk experience with Denise and Kirk and it did not disappoint. They were super fun, informative and made sure we had the best time and we did! We will definitely be coming back and would recommend this awesome experience to anyone else who wants to learn or experience these amazing animals up close.
Best experience ever. Instead of holiday gifts we wanted a local experience. Living in San Diego my entire life and having explored almost everything, I wasn't expecting this. My husband heard an about Sky Falconry on KPBS and was sold.
If you love San Diego's back country, raptors and a total hands on experience you'll love this. Great photos too!
My husband, son and I spent a fantastic morning with Sky Falconry! The experience was informative, organized and one of a kind. The site was beautiful and a very nice drive up the mountain. I would recommend this lesson to anyone interested in doing something special!
Absolutely incredible. I did a private hawk walk and could not sing higher praises of the experience. By far one of the coolest things I've ever done. These folks are great! Super knowledgeable and personable, and the birds are beautifully trained and cared for. We got to interact with two of their hawks and I'd love to go back someday for the falcon and the owl! The ranch property is beautiful, too.
An epic adventure in a wide open part of Alpine. We did the full raptor and owl add on. Pay attention to the directions you get or you will have trouble finding it.
Very highly recommended, wonderfully knowledgeable handlers, and the birds are in charge. If they don't feel like doing anything, they don't force them or withhold rewards.
If you have any curiosity or interest in the wildlife right over our heads, this is the place to go!
I came down from Orange County with my wife and daughter yesterday, exclusively with the idea of participating in one of their experiences. It was well worth the drive to and from.
Kirk and Denise were informative docents. I especially appreciate their kind treatment of my elementary school age daughter. They smoothed over any hesitancy she might have had in handling these beautiful animals simply by their professionalism and attention. If they didn't make a convert, they definitely solidified a young person's love for animals and care for the environment. And it was pretty awesome for the adults too.
Highly recommend anyone that loves nature and animals to book a class!! We did a private hawk walk with an owl experience and it was amazing! Denise and Kirk are fantastic falconers-knowledgeable, funny, down to earth and kind keepers of this ancient art.
Our enriching encounters with birds of prey create memories that will last a lifetime.
Preservation through education
Our mission at Sky Falconry is to educate the public through hands-on experiences free flying birds of prey. We aim to preserve the art of falconry, teach raptor biology and the need for conservation.