Quinta Mazatlan has gone through many changes throughout its existence. The estate grounds are no exception. The Matthews family cleared surrounding land to grow a variety of fruit trees and plants for food. The Schultz family continued that practice by purchasing more property surrounding the mansion and growing citrus.
The archway to the thorn forest gives you a visual to what the estate grounds use to look like previous to 1935. Many guests have passed through the doorway to the thorn forest that was recreated in February 2008. Countless families and nature lovers have passed through on their way to explore the plant life, look for birds, search out butterflies, and spend time outdoors.
A variety of trees, shrubs, and plants makeup the thorn forest at Quinta Mazatlan. The assortment of vegetation attracts a variety of birds and butterflies to the estate. The gate keepers for the estate are none other than the Plain Chachalacas, which are bountiful. Buff-bellied Hummingbirds will entertain you with their aerial acrobatics. Green Parakeets chatter to you from their condo homes in the palms. Butterflies are also bountiful within the thorn forest. Monarch, Large Orange Sulphur, Giant Swallowtail, Red-bordered Pixie and many others types of butterflies flutter around the thorn forest searching for flowering plants to get a meal.
Though many trails meander around the estate, they all lead back to the historical mansion. Quinta Mazatlan provides the community with an urban sanctuary working to enrich people’s lives by sharing knowledge about birds, plants, and environmental stewardship in South Texas.
Want to learn more about Quinta Mazatlan? All public tours are included in admission fee: Songbird Strolls on Tuesdays and Saturdays 8:30-10:00 am, Garden Walk & Talk on Wednesdays 10:00-11:00 am, Forest Sculpture Trail Tours on Thursdays 10:00-11:00 am, and History of Quinta Mazatlan Tours on Fridays 10:00-11:00 am. Groups of 10 or more are required to book a private tour.
$2 Children under 12, $2 Senior Citizens and $3 Adults
Free admission to members and children ages 2 years & under.
Come visit us at 600 Sunset Drive in McAllen, give us a call at 956-681-3370, or visit our website atwww.quintamazatlan.com for more information.