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Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve

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150 Blue Heaven Rd, Patagonia, AZ 85624
+1 520-394-2400
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Beautiful and peaceful hike

Very beautiful hike along Sonoita creek. Water flowing while we visited. Large cottonwoods along... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Tucson, Arizona
A gem

Located in Patagonia this Nature Concservancy site is special.. Noted for birding but great for... read more

Reviewed 2 December 2017
jmes h
Prescott, Arizona
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Sonoita Creek State Natural Area (SCSNA) is located in Santa Cruz County downstream from Patagonia Lake State Park along lower Sonoita Creek, a perennial tributary of the Santa Cruz River. Twenty miles of trails are available for hiking and eight miles of trails are shared with equestrians. A 1.5 mile hike of moderate difficulty called the “Overlook Trail” is close to Patagonia Lake State Park and is a great way to see 360 degrees of spectacular scenery. Most of the trails are more remote and the shortest round trip hike to the creek is three miles on the Sonoita Creek Trail. Sonoita Creek State Natural Area and Patagonia Lake State Park are designated as an Important Bird Area by the Audubon Society. If you are a bird watcher you may hit the jackpot here. During spring migration, late January through early April, a guided bird walk of a few hours could bring over 60 species to your attention. The complete bird list is over 300 species.
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150 Blue Heaven Rd, Patagonia, AZ 85624
150 Blue Heaven Rd, Patagonia, AZ 85624
+1 520-394-2400
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very beautiful hike along Sonoita creek. Water flowing while we visited. Large cottonwoods along the creek. Good place for birding too. This is owned and operated by the Nature Conservancy. Very reasonable $5 admission price.

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Reviewed 2 December 2017

Located in Patagonia this Nature Concservancy site is special.. Noted for birding but great for just hiking also. I did 6 miles, 2.5 were in the lowlands, tree covered, flat and very serene. Signage for plants and benches to sit and reflect. 3.5 miles went...More

1  Thank jmes h
Reviewed 15 November 2017

The Nature Conservancy Patagonia - Sonoita Creek Preserve lies about one mile south of Patagonia. There is a small visitor centre there staffed by volunteers. There are a number of trails which loop around this relatively small property. Many species of birds visit the area...More

1  Thank Bob L
Reviewed 1 April 2017 via mobile

A bit more rain and earlier than usual has awakened the desert plants. Flowers and pollinators abound. Sunrises and sunsets worth observing. Many come to photograph or paint or just drink in such pastels. Easy hiking. For amateurs, stay on the trails. Nature teaches constant...More

Thank RMJ11
Reviewed 24 March 2017 via mobile

This was the first time we went there and absolutely loved it. Volunteers were very friendly and helpful as to what hike to take. There are several short, and you can combine them to make them longer, which we did. It is great for birding...More

1  Thank Jhurd6
Reviewed 18 February 2017

This is a popular stop for the birders. Nice enough place managed by the TNC and staffed with volunteers.

Thank oldtravelinggolfer
Reviewed 24 January 2017

There is a cost if you are not a Nature Conservancy Member ($6) but it goes for a good cause. There are numerous trails that run along the creek or in the open or wooded areas. Very peaceful. We were there on a cold January...More

1  Thank fotobug
Reviewed 8 January 2017

We hiked here twice and discovered that once we got very far on the Sonoita Creek Trail that it was easy to lose the trail unless we kept our eyes open for the cairns. This was especially true when we crossed the Creek and were...More

1  Thank Larry P
Reviewed 2 January 2017

The Nature Conservancy maintains easy trails through the woods and along Soniota Creek. It was a easy Christmas Eve Day amble.

Thank Stephen R
Reviewed 24 December 2016

This Nature Conservancy property is remarkable for its diversity. Set along Sonoita Creek, trails meander through the property. We saw a few birds, including a stunning Vermillion Flycatcher, a few javelinas and several herds of small white-tailed deer. Support the Nature Conservancy even if you...More

Thank Tiz108
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Diane R
5 March 2017|
Response from Grant411 | Reviewed this property |
This would be a great day trip from Tucson. As to the Elegant Trogans I can't say. Never heard of them!
Jean A
30 December 2016|
Response from ArizonaStateParks | Property representative |
Jean, If you're not planning to tent or RV camp at the park, then the Stage Stop Inn in nearby Patagonia is a nice place. It's only a 15-min. drive from the beautiful waters of Patagonia Lake SP. Wherever you end up, I... More
4 December 2016|
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Response from Grant411 | Reviewed this property |
I can't tell you all the birds. but if you go to their web site they list them for you.