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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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Enjoyable Trail

If you want to be close to nature, come & experience this beautiful trail. Very relaxing... read more

Reviewed 4 June 2017
Nogales C
Desert at its best

A bit more rain and earlier than usual has awakened the desert plants. Flowers and pollinators... read more

Reviewed 1 April 2017
Rottach-Egern, Germany
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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
+1 520-394-2400
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Reviewed 4 June 2017

If you want to be close to nature, come & experience this beautiful trail. Very relaxing, beautiful scenery, all kinds of birds! Enjoyable place!

Thank Nogales C
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

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

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
Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

This was a lovely place to take a stroll along the ok'd railroad line on Sonoita Creek. We also did the Geoffrey Platt trail and the Patten trail. Be sure and take water on the Platt trail. It's up and down and there's little shade....More

Thank Tiz56
Reviewed 21 September 2016

Great nature trails and well informed docents. Enjoyed the morning walk.Multiple trails with the longest being approx 2 1/2 Miles.

Thank Grant411
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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
3 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.