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


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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Park's Speed Code: 4240#


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

Sonoita Creek Natural Area

Park Rules

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.

Agency Rules & Regulations (Agency Rules)

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