Sonoita Creek State Natural Area

Surrounding Patagonia Lake State Park, hike or horseback ride remote trails, camp in the backcountry, see endangered species in this protected riparian area.

Lace up your hiking boots or pony up to enjoy countless sights, from creeks to protected wildlife, on remote hiking and horseback riding trails in this riparian area that surrounds Patagonia Lake State Park.

History & Nature

The park sits in a transitional zone where two worlds meet, between the Sonoran and Chihuahuan Deserts. The result is a mix of animals and plants from both ecosystems that create a common oasis. Also containing a major portion of Sonoita Creek and the Coal Mine Spring watersheds, this natural area is all about protecting its assets. The park preserves endangered species and historical relics through research efforts and low impact recreation.

Things To Do

Twenty miles of trails for hiking and eight miles for horseback riding are available, and you’re likely to see wildlife on your journey. For 360 degrees of blue sky and desert landscape, try the moderate Overlook Trail. The New Mexico and Arizona Railroad Trail follows the old railroad that once paralleled Sonoita Creek from Patagonia to Rio Rico. Artifacts still remain, such as culverts, spikes, and rails. Most of the trails are fairly remote, so it’ll just be you, the view, and the wildlife.

Hotels, Lodging & Camping

For true peace and quiet, hike into the backcountry and camp at one of three private sites. The closest campsite is four miles from the trailhead and all sites are two nights, six people maximum stay. Each site provides tent pads and a steel fire ring, so setting up is easy and safe.

Hours & Pricing

Open daily, year-round.

Visitor Center: Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

* Please verify hours on the website.

Entrance Fees:

  • Per Vehicle (1 – 4 Adults): $15 – $20
  • Individual: $3

For More Information

Sonoita Creek State Park Natural Area
400 Lake Patagonia Rd
Patagonia, AZ 85624
(520) 287-2791

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