Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve Visitor Center - 4 Things to Know Before Visiting
About Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve Visitor Center
Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve is one of Santa Cruz County's most sought out birding hot spots. Owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy, it is actually one of the best bird watching havens in the Southwest. This lush riparian area provides habitat for over 200 species of birds. This site contains the first two miles of permanent flow of Sonoita Creek and the floodplains adjacent to the stream. The site contains very high biodiversity values.
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Paton Center for Hummingbirds
1.85km from Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve Visitor Center
The Paton Center for Hummingbirds is a place to explore and experience the special birds of southeast Arizona. It is dedicated to the celebration and conservation of hummingbirds—and all of southeast Arizona’s astounding biodiversity—through recreation, education, and sustainable living. 213 bird species have been reported for this cozy home lot on the outskirts of Patagonia, including Violet-crowned Hummingbirds, Gray Hawks, Varied Buntings, Thick-billed Kingbirds.
The Patagonia Museum
2.82km from Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve Visitor Center
A nonprofit organization dedicated to collecting and preserving the culture and history of eastern Santa Cruz County. This Museum strives to serve the community through educational programs focusing on the research, interpretation and exhibition of our cultural heritage.
3.33km from Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve Visitor Center
Harshaw Creek is a stream in the Patagonia Mountains of Santa Cruz County, Arizona, named after David Tecumseh Harshaw, who settled along its banks in the mid-1870s. Much of Harshaw Creek is located within the Coronado National Forest and is available for recreational use. Several ranches are also located alongside the creek, although cattle grazing is limited. The creek and its tributaries were the center of extensive gold and silver mining activity beginning at the end of the 19th century.
Patagonia Lake State Park
8.64km from Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve Visitor Center
Patagonia Lake State Park was established in 1975 as a state park and is an ideal place to find whitetail deer roaming the hills and great blue herons walking the shoreline.The park offers a beach, picnic area with ramadas, tables & grills, a creek trail, boat ramps, a marina, and the Lakeside Market. There is a campground, boat-in camp sites, restrooms, showers, and a dump station. The Lakeside Market offers boat rentals, fishing licenses, bait, ice, and more.
9.35km from Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve Visitor Center
A beautiful manmade reservoir in Santa Cruz County, Arizona, United States. The lake was created by damming Sonoita Creek, and is a popular area for boating and sport fishing. The park offers a campground, beach, picnic area with ramadas, tables and grills, a creek trail, boat ramps, and a marina.
Sonoita Creek State Natural Area
9.81km from Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve Visitor Center
Sonoita Creek State Natural Area is a haven for more than 315 species of birds, which was located at the base of the Santa Rita Mountains near Patagonia. There are 26 recorded cultural resource sites located within the Natural Area that all have an Arizona State Museum Site Number associated with them. These sites range from a Hohokam field house to the historic New Mexico and Arizona railroad grade
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Santa Cruz County
Santa Cruz is a county in southern Arizona, United States. Santa Cruz County of Southern Arizona is a big mountain range by Sky Island standards, but there is relatively little convenient access. If you love nature, Santa Cruz makes an excellent launching pad. Board a boat tour from the wharf for whale-watching—grays, blues, or humpbacks, depending on the time of year—or take a winding drive in the Santa Cruz Mountains to see the ancient trees at Big Basin Redwoods State Park.