The guided bird walks will start on Friday, November 1st at 8:30 am. and boat tours start on Saturday, November 2nd.

About the Preserve

Sonoita Creek State Natural Area is located in Santa Cruz County downstream from Patagonia Lake State Park along lower Sonoita Creek, a perennial tributary of the Santa Cruz River.

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Programs & Events

New programs and events are added to the park calendar each month. Check back right here for the latest news and for Sonoita Creek State Natural Area.


Twenty miles of trails are available for hiking and eight miles of trails are shared with equestrians.

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Visitor Center

Monday: 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Sunday: 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Note: Sonoita Creek State Natural Area is always open

Park Entrance Fees

Pay at Patagonia Lake SP entrance station
Per vehicle (1-4 Adults):$15-$20
Individual: $3

Camping fees: 
Primitive hike-in site: $17