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Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve

150 Blue Heaven Rd, Patagonia, AZ 85624
(520) 394-2400
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Ranked #2 of 5 Attractions in Patagonia
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Birdwatching, Viewing wildlife
Description: A lush 770-acre habitat where both bird and plant life are abundant.
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Wayland MA
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117 reviews 117 reviews
42 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Trails lead along the Sonoita Creek where many species of birds can be seen. It's a lovely Nature Conservancy property.

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Emmaus
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379 reviews 379 reviews
24 attraction reviews
204 helpful votes 204 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

This place is a gem, a riverside habitat for birds that has no equal in the area. It is best in the spring and summer, but is also good in wintertime.

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Tucson, Arizona
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

I first read about this preserve in a tour book where it was described as "enchanted", and that is exactly the word that I would use. It looks like the middle of nowhere when you pull up, but there is ample parking, restrooms and a very small gift shop. They are open until 4pm and closed on Monday and Tuesdays.... More

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Walla Walla, Washington
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53 reviews 53 reviews
9 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Sonoita Creek flows here for two of its five miles (the rest being dry wash this time of year) and watercress grows, making this a green, verdant habitat for birds and other wildlife. The massive cottonwoods took my breath away. The trails were nice to walk, and the peacefulness of this special place is addictive. A must visit for birders... More

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St Paul, MN
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

We hiked here a couple times in March 2014. It's a nice place with a small but beautiful visitor center, friendly volunteers and great hummingbird feeders. Check ahead for hours since they are closed some days, and close early on others.

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Boone, NC
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Peaceful preserve that is not only enjoyable, it benefits the Nature Conservancy. Lovely, flat walk along the super-green Sonoita Creek - part shaded, party sunny. Good wildlife and bird viewing. The Vermillion Flycatcher is a bright red (with black mask) bird who is highly sociable and will pose for you as long as you like. Javalinas drink from the creek.... More

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Ottawa
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45 reviews 45 reviews
14 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

The creek has (rare) open water and the riparian habitat in the preserve is rich in bird, animal and plant life. Nature Conservancy does a great job of stewardship. Trails are easy and well marked. Note that it is not open 7 days per week.

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Austin MN
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

It is a nice place for a gentle hike, but Nature Conservancy (which I support) doesn't allow dogs, so is limited for me.

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Bisbee, Arizona
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

Although we are not birders, we enjoyed the relative short and flat walk at the preserve. The young volunteer at the Visitor Center was full of information. This is a keeper. If you are a member of the Nature Conservancy, the fee is $3, otherwise it is a little more.

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Hanover, Pennsylvania
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Although there were not quantity of migrating birds, the quality and number of species was excellent. neat to see the riparian green stretch miles in the desert. Attended a humming bird banding and got to see curved billed thrasher nesting in a cactus.

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