Location

Sonoita Creek Locator Map

Elevation 3,750 feet   Fees

Contact the Park:
(520) 287-2791
Sonoita Creek NA
400 Lake Patagonia Rd
Patagonia, AZ 85624

Facilities

Visitor Center Restrooms Exhibits Group: Day Use Areas Camping Picnic Areas/Shelters Hiking Trails Equestrian Trails Wildlife Viewing

Nearest Services: 12 miles

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511 Speed Code

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Park's Speed Code: 4240#

Fees

Park Entrance Fees:
Pay at Patagonia Lake SP Entrance Station
Per Vehicle (1-4 Adults): $10-$15
Individual: $3.00

Obtain day use permit from Visitor Center for entry into Sonoita Creek. Permit is limited to 30 individuals per day.

Camping Fees:
Primitive hike-in site: $12

Fee Schedule

Friends Group

Friends of Sonoita Creek

Friends of Sonoita Creek, a non-profit organization

Feature Story3-D Relief Map

by Steven Haas, Park Manager

Where exactly does the water come from? How difficult are your trails? Where is the Trogon? Where is the best fishing? What mountains are those?

These are questions that staff and volunteers answer on a daily basis at the Sonoita Creek State Natural Area Visitor Center, located within Patagonia Lake State Park.

Relief MapThe new 3-D relief map lets visitors understand the area's terrain better.

In October 2008, we revealed a new 3-D relief map at the Visitor Center to better help answer those questions. The new relief map created by Solid Terrain Modeling, Inc. out of Fillmore, CA will be the new centerpiece for the Visitor Center. The new 3 x 4.5 foot map includes the 9,000 plus acres of the Natural Area, 20 miles of trails, three backcountry campsites, Patagonia Lake, parts of the Santa Cruz River, the Coal Mine Spring property, the Grosvenor Hills, and the San Cayetano Mountains.

In addition to the new 3-D relief map, we will have a larger Santa Cruz River watershed map, which includes Sonoita Creek that will show exactly where the 3-D map is relative to the larger watershed. Our hope with the new maps is to challenge visitors to think in terms of larger watershed issues, and to further enrich their experience and knowledge of Sonoita Creek and Patagonia Lake.

Come see for yourself and explore the Natural Area.

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The views, conclusions, findings and opinions expressed in this Feature Story are the personal views of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of Arizona State Parks, the Arizona State Parks Board, or the government of Arizona.

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