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San Rafael State Natural Area - 4 Things to Know Before Visiting

2036 Duquesne Rd, Patagonia, AZ 85624, USA

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About San Rafael State Natural Area

This is a high intermontane grass valley in eastern Santa Cruz, and it is bounded to the west by the Patagonia Mountains. This beautiful valley is the headwaters of the Santa Cruz River, which flows into Mexico then turns north back into the United States and eventually joins the Gila River. The riparian areas and native grass prairie are home to many species of plants and animals.

Attractions Near San Rafael State Natural Area

Canelo Hills
Canelo Hills12.8km from San Rafael State Natural Area

The Canelo Hills are a long low ridge of rounded hills extending about 20 miles from northeast to southwest.The range consists of a series of northwest–southeast trending ridges extending from the Sonoita Creek valley southwest of Sonoita to the Parker Canyon Lake area in southwest Cochise County, Arizona.

Sunnyside Canyon trail
Sunnyside Canyon trail14.24km from San Rafael State Natural Area

Sunnyside Canyon is a 2 mile moderately popular blue singletrack trail located near Sierra Vista Arizona. This multi-use trail can be used both directions. On average it takes 15 minutes to complete this trail.

Parker Canyon Lake
Parker Canyon Lake14.73km from San Rafael State Natural Area

A beautiful lake located in the southeastern Arizona. The lake is a reservoir formed by a dam in Parker Canyon in the south end of the Canelo Hills in southwestern Cochise County. Parker Canyon is a tributary to the Santa Cruz River in the San Rafael Valley. The facilities are maintained by Coronado National Forest division of the USDA Forest Service.

Canelo Hills Cienega Reserve
Canelo Hills Cienega Reserve17.77km from San Rafael State Natural Area

The Canelo Hills Cienega Reserve, is a nature preserve southeast of Sonoita, Arizona on the east side of the Canelo Hills. The area's 260 acres are a mix of rare cienega wetland and black oak and Arizona fescue fields. The preserve is notable for the extremely rare Canelo ladies tresses orchid and the Gila chub and Gila sucker that grow along its alkaline banks. The ranch was purchased by the Nature Conservancy in 1969 from the Knipes family. It

The Patagonia Museum
The Patagonia Museum18.86km from San Rafael State Natural Area

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.

Harshaw Creek
Harshaw Creek18.91km from San Rafael State Natural Area

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.

Where is San Rafael State Natural Area

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Santa Cruz County
Santa Cruz County
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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.