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Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve

Address: 150 Blue Heaven Rd, Patagonia, AZ 85624
Phone Number: (520) 394-2400
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Ranked #2 of 5 Attractions in Patagonia
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Activities: Birdwatching, Viewing wildlife
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Owner description: A lush 770-acre habitat where both bird and plant life are abundant.

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Naples, Italy
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79 reviews 79 reviews
28 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

We were in the general area to visit the Empire Ranch House. I wanted to write a review for them but they're not listed on TA. I recommend a visit to the historic ranch. We ended up in Patagonia and the Preserve. My niece and I had been former members of the Nature Consrvancy and wanted to view this area.... More

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Wayland MA
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120 reviews 120 reviews
43 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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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Top Contributor
399 reviews 399 reviews
26 attraction reviews
217 helpful votes 217 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
17 reviews 17 reviews
7 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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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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93 reviews 93 reviews
18 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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
5 helpful votes 5 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
20 reviews 20 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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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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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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