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


Note: Weather data is provided as a general guide only. Arizona State Parks assumes no responsibility for any loss resulting from use of this information.

At 3,500 ft. elevation, 31 degrees north latitude, desert and grassland plains interrupted by  “sky island mountains,” the Sonoita Creek area has a very attractive climate for wildlife and people. 

Clear skies are the norm with periods of damp and light rains in December through February. (Do not leave your jacket and raincoat at home.) The sometimes violent summer storms with heavy downpours and lightening can start in early July and extend through August. But, Arizona has been experiencing over a decade of drought and weather patterns have not been as predictable as in the past. 

Most of the year the humidity is below 20% which results in up to 40 degree swings in day to nighttime temperatures. As a general rule wear “layers” to be prepared for the temperature swings and breezes. Always travel with water for yourself, pets and the vehicle and a cooler of snacks for the road.

Below is a listing of average daily temperatures and monthly precipitation:

Sonoita Creek State Natural Area
Average Daily Temperature (Degrees Fahrenheit)
& Monthly Precipitation (Inches)
Month Temperature Precipitation
High Low
January 64° F 27° F 1.31"
February 67° 30° 1.09"
March 71° 34° 1.00"
April 78° 38° 0.49"
May 86° 45° 0.32"
June 96° 54° 0.54"
July 94° 64° 4.27"
August 92° 63° 4.24"
September 90° 56° 1.68"
October 82° 44° 1.84"
November 72° 33° 0.78"
December 64° 28° 1.47"

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