Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve

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Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve

Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve
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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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2-Lane-Traveler
Savage, MN924 contributions
Good place to go bird watching, Late January not the best time. Sounds like the best time is April? The local folks put out several feeders to help attract birds. The squirrels were entertaining, give the feeders are under Pecan trees. The squirrels were in heaven and looked well feed. Great shade, I'm sure it would be helpful on a hot day.
Written January 27, 2020
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Victoriantraveller5
Victoria BC59 contributions
Fabulous place to just sit and quietly watch the birds coming and feeding. Several nice walks in the area as well. Patagonia is a lovely small town with great community spirit.
Written April 22, 2022
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GreytFinds
Clarkdale, AZ236 contributions
Couples
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 signage to identify plants. We saw deer, vultures, wild turkeys, squirrels and more. People driving on the nearby roads have no idea what is just a few hundred yards away. Take the time to explore!
Written March 1, 2018
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jmes h
Prescott, AZ212 contributions
Solo
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 up into the higher terrain,,no shade, rocky with elevation changes.
This is not a trail on a warm sunny day, take lots of water.
The two sections are really two very different hikes.
Volunteers at the visitor center were very helpful. $6 for visitors, well worth it...
Not to be missed in Patagonia.
Written December 2, 2017
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Bob L
Calgary, Canada743 contributions
Solo
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 and there are several animals on the property including a species of white tailed deer. The time of year may not have been the best as I did not see a lot of birds but it was still very good. There is a small charge of $6 to use the trails, but if you are a member of the Nature Conservancy it is only $3.
Written November 15, 2017
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Jhurd6
Sierra Vista, AZ298 contributions
Couples
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 and wildlife. The creek was running, and it was so pretty and relaxing. We saw lots of wildlife we saw four deer, a squirrel, javelina and nine wild turkeys. Lots of benches to sit and relax and look for birds. It is very level, so very easy.
Written March 24, 2017
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TRbeer
Hell, MI2,918 contributions
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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 did see a couple of large mule deer. the fresh air and sunshine were great after escaping a Midwest snowstorm
Written February 13, 2018
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fotobug
Iowa509 contributions
Friends
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 day and didn't see too much but still enjoyed the walks and saw a few birds of note - ruby-crowned kinglet, black phoebe and vermilion flycatcher - and some fun, sassy, gray squirrels. The little trail map they give out helps a lot and the trails are marked at intersections. There is also a nice collection of bird books available to identify what you see! A new 1-mile trail goes to the Paton House down the road. Plan carefully: they are closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
Written January 24, 2017
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Larry P
Fargo, ND683 contributions
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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 looking for the Coal Mine Springs Trail (it is to the left). When we were trying to find the Railroad Trail from the Vista Trail, we could not see any cairns, but did eventually find our way. .
Written January 8, 2017
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LaurettaYoung
Portland, OR582 contributions
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This gem is worth the trip if you want to see the local birds. We were delighted to see our first Vermillion Flycatchers in great abundance. The trails are well marked and go through a variety of habitats. Our other most exciting birding find were Gray Hawks which reportedly nest on the preserve. At the visitor center are several hummingbird feeders where one can watch them arrive from shaded seats. The staff were incredibly friendly and helpful. The flush toilets were clean. I liked this location better than the Paton House a few miles down the road which has some different birds since it is a yard ( like lots of sparrows in a brush pile). So that is worth a short visit but the hummingbird viewing at this Nature Conservancy site is better--- more shade, easier to see the feeders and helpful staff along with "facilities" like water and toilets and bird books.
Written April 19, 2015
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