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Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve

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150 Blue Heaven Rd, Patagonia, AZ 85624
+1 520-394-2400
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Peaceful Spot

Lovely spot to be among birds. Easy trails through woods and by a creek. We saw summer tanagers... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
RevTravel
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Northern California
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Another Nature Conservancy Gem

One of the most endangered habitats in Arizona is riparian zones. The Sonoita Creek Preserve is... read more

Reviewed 15 April 2018
Art H
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Weaverville, North Carolina
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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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150 Blue Heaven Rd, Patagonia, AZ 85624
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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.

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Reviewed 15 April 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

2  Thank Art H
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Reviewed 5 March 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.

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Reviewed 1 March 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

3  Thank GreytFinds
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Reviewed 14 February 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

3  Thank TRbeer
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Reviewed 21 December 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.

1  Thank BitsyIllinois
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Reviewed 3 December 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

4  Thank jmes h
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Reviewed 16 November 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

4  Thank Bob L
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Reviewed 1 April 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

1  Thank RMJ11
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Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

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...More

4  Thank Jhurd6
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Diane R
6 March 2017|
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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!
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Jean A
31 December 2016|
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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
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katwil59088
4 December 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.
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