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

Boat Tours

Saturdays and Sundays   9 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 11:30 a.m., twilight

Join us for boat tours at Patagonia Lake State Park and Sonoita Creek State Natural Area! There will be three tours every Saturday and Sunday, plus a special twilight tour on Saturdays.  READ MORE



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

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Visitor Center

Hours: Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. - 4 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