Sonoita Creek Trail

Santa Cruz County, Arizona

Elevation Gain90ft
Trailhead Elevation3,798ft
Elevation Min/Max3782/3810ft
Elevation Start/End3798/3798ft

Sonoita Creek Trail

Sonoita Creek Trail is a hiking trail in Santa Cruz County, Arizona. It is a mile long and begins at 3,798 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 90 feet.

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Hiking Arizona's Cactus Country-Third Edition (Falcon Guides)
Erik Molvar
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"A day loop in the bottomlands of Sonoita Creek, 1.6 miles round-trip. This loop trail follows an old railroad bed while traversing floodplain and riparian habitat that is well known for its diverse birdlife. The preserve is home to the gray hawk and green kingfisher, among other rare species. Although it is located on the outskirts of the town of Patagonia, this nature preserve has retained much of its wild character and represents one of the few surviving riparian ecosystems in the Arizona lowlands. The preserve is open to visitors Wednesday through Sunday from 6:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. An entry fee is required"
Best Loop Hikes Arizona (The Mountaineers Books)
Bruce Grubbs
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"This easy loop follows a trail through the Patagonia Sonoita Preserve near Patagonia, where there are opportunities for seeing wildlife, especially birds. Also, pick up a trail map; there are several shorter trails as well as the loop described here. The Visitor Center, run by volunteer staff from The Nature Conservancy, can fill you in on the history and purpose of the preserve, as well as advise on recent bird and wildlife sightings."
Best Hikes with Dogs: Arizona (The Mountaineers Books)
Renee Guillory
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"Patagonia Lake State Park is nestled between the rolling hills of the Patagonia and Santa Rita Mountains. It was the first major natural area designated by the state of Arizona, made possible by the damming of Sonoita Creek. Because the upstream wetlands remain largely undeveloped, this unique and beautiful area is enjoyed by the public year-round thanks to the state park which has grown up around the lake. Like its cousin, the Nature Conservancy’s Patagonia–Sonoita Creek Preserve (which does not allow dogs on trails), Sonoita Creek provides a striking example of native riparian habitats once common to southeastern Arizona. Fremont cottonwood–Goodding willow riparian forests shade the cienegas, or wetlands, that are fed by Sonoita Creek, one of the few remaining permanent streams in southeastern Arizona."

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Santa Cruz County
Nearby City
Skill Level
Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve
Local Contacts
None; map of the preserve trails available at the information station
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