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Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve

150 Blue Heaven Rd, Patagonia, AZ 85624
(520) 394-2400
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Ranked #1 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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English first
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374 reviews 374 reviews
24 attraction reviews
174 helpful votes 174 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
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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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Green Cove Springs
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
3 helpful votes 3 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
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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
15 reviews 15 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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Denver, Indiana
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67 reviews 67 reviews
38 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

Not knowing what to expect, my sister and I were pleasantly surprised with this little Preserve so close to the border. Walking along the creek side, you would never guess you were in the desert. The hummingbird feeders at the visitor center attract an enormous numbers of these fascinating little creatures. I could have sat there all day and watched... More

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