Sonoita Creek Natural Area
Please familiarize yourself with the park rules and help us preserve this irreplaceable resource.
- Sonoita Creek State Natural Area is a fee area.
- Permits are required to enter SCSNA and can be obtained at the Visitor Center in Patagonia Lake State Park. A permit is needed for each person and each horse.
- Camp in designated campsites and have a proper permit. Six campers per campsite maximum. Two-night limit in backcountry campsites. Campsites should be vacated by 11 am.
- Fires are allowed at campsites in designated fire rings.
- The area is closed to motorized and mechanized vehicles, including bicycles.
- Trash should be packed out and disposed of properly.
- Hunting is allowed with a proper permit and license.
- Respect nature by enjoying wildlife from a distance and leaving plants intact.
- Cultural and historical sites and artifacts are protected by law. Leave them undisturbed.
- Trails may be closed to protect certain species or areas. Closing information will be posted.
- Please respect private property and stay on the trail.
- All dogs must be kept on leashes. Please pick up after your pet.
- Horses must remain on designated trails and cannot stay overnight. Feed horses weed-free hay for 7 days prior to arrival at the park.
Backcountry Camping with Conservation in Mind
Sonoita Creek offers primitive backcountry campsites. Please be aware of the following.
- Plan your trip: look at a map and know the route to your destination. Bring proper gear and resources. Let others know your plans.
- Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces: Stay on trails and camp only in designated campsites.
- Protect Sensitive Habitats: Places like Coal Mine Springs are home to special status species. Do not swim, bathe or wash dishes in springs, creeks or washes.
- Dispose of Waste Properly: Pack in and pack out garbage. Bury human waste in a shallow hole (4-6 inches deep) at least 200 feet from water, dry washes, trails, or campsites. Carry out toilet paper and feminine products.
- Minimize Campfire Impacts: Use established fire rings and burn only dead, fallen timber. Keep fires small.
- Be Considerate of other visitors: Prevent disturbing others by keeping noise to a minimum.
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- Yuma Territorial Prison
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- Slide Rock
- Verde River Greenway
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- Lost Dutchman
- Lyman Lake
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