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Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve

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Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve is a wonderful place to take a hike and check out the local birds... read more

Reviewed August 28, 2018
Tucson, Arizona
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Lovely spot to be among birds. Easy trails through woods and by a creek. We saw summer tanagers... read more

Reviewed April 29, 2018
Northern California
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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...more
150 Blue Heaven Rd, Patagonia, AZ 85624
+1 520-394-2400
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Reviewed August 28, 2018 via mobile

Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve is a wonderful place to take a hike and check out the local birds. Many times it is nearly empty of visitors and you can have the whole place to yourself. There are old railroad tracks and a beautiful stream. It’s a...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed April 29, 2018 via mobile

Lovely spot to be among birds. Easy trails through woods and by a creek. We saw summer tanagers, vermilion flycatchers, heron, towhees, various birds, and even a sighting of a group of javalinas.

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank RevTravel
Reviewed April 15, 2018

One of the most endangered habitats in Arizona is riparian zones. The Sonoita Creek Preserve is fantastic in that it truly preserves one of the great riparian zones left in the state. There are numerous well maintained hiking trails within the preserve. All are good,...More

Date of experience: April 2018
2  Thank Art H
Reviewed March 4, 2018

We had heard a lot about this area for birding. We must have arrived on the feathered friends day off from entertaining the tourists. Nice walk.

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank slsund
Reviewed March 1, 2018

We really enjoyed our time exploring the preserve. It was chilly and most of the plants are dormant, but it was still amazing. I want to return in Spring/Summer/Fall and see it in all seasons. Pleasant walks around the grounds and along the stream. Good...More

Date of experience: February 2018
3  Thank GreytFinds
Reviewed February 13, 2018

We opted to hike on the other side of the road from the creek back in the hills. It was a warm February afternoon and I'm glad we had enough water. We didn't get the birds that people who hike the creek see but we...More

Date of experience: February 2018
3  Thank TRbeer
Reviewed December 21, 2017

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.

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank BitsyIllinois
Reviewed December 2, 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

Date of experience: December 2017
4  Thank jmes h
Reviewed November 15, 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

Date of experience: November 2017
4  Thank Bob L
Reviewed April 1, 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

Date of experience: April 2017
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Diane R
March 5, 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
December 30, 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
December 3, 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.