Sonoita Creek Trail

Tucson, Arizona

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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.

Sonoita Creek Trail Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Tucson
Distance: 1.2
Elevation Gain: 73 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Best October through May
Trailhead Elevation: 3,800 feet
Top Elevation: 3,881 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Patagonia Lake State Park
Local Maps: Patagonia USGS
Driving Directions: Directions to Sonoita Creek Trail

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