The Nature Conservancy’s Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve

The splendor of the Patagonia area invites hikers from around the world to ply their sport along the riparian areas of Sonoita Creek and Patagonia Lake. For a light, shaded walk, hike the trails in The Nature Conservancy’s Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve and enjoy the huge cottonwood trees and abundant wildlife. Call (520) 394-2400 for additional information.

Birding & Watchable Wildlife

The Patagonia –Sonoita Creek Preserve is indeed a nature conservancy. Here the Mountain Lion, Bobcats, Coyotes, Mule Deer, Rock Squirrel, Desert Cottontails, and Javelinas all share this area along with the Violet-Crowned Hummingbird, Rose throated Becard, and Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet among with many others; practically every southeastern Arizona bird has been seen throughout this region. If you’re lucky you can sometimes encounter Osprey and Neotropic Cormorant and other birds that are normally not seen in a desert.

The Arizona Trail

The historic Arizona Trail, which runs from Mexico to Utah, can be accessed from Harshaw Road about 3 miles east of Patagonia. The trail is rated moderate to difficult in the Patagonia area. Hikers looking for a challenge will want to climb the steep, rugged Red Mountain trail. The reward is a 360-degree, panoramic view of the Sonoran Borderlands in Mexico and the United States. The Upland Trail loop is rated easy to moderate and offers a five-mile loop trek along Sonoita Creek in the heart of birding country.

Historic Cady Hall & Library

Catch some serenity in the historic Cady Hall and Patagonia Public Library listed on the State Register of Historic Places. Sit and read the newspaper, check out a book or check your email. Located at 346 Duquesne Ave in Sonoita. 

For more information, please call the Nogales-Santa Cruz County Chamber of Commerce Tourism & Visitor Center at (520) 287-3685.  ​​

​A quaint hamlet that rests between the majestic Santa Rita Mountains and the beautiful Patagonia Mountains at the intersection of Harshaw and Sonoita Creeks.
​Set among rich foothills, valleys and towering trees, Patagonia has been called the "Jewel of the Sonoita Valley because of its natural beauty and vitality.

Since early days, Patagonia's oak grasslands, at over 4,000 feet have provided excellent climate and terrain for cattle ranching, and the Patagonia Mountains, filled with rich ore bodies, have attracted miners. Today, the ghost towns Mowry, Harshaw, Washington Camp, and Duquesne bear mute testimony to the boom days of yesteryear. Cattle ranches, no longer the vast spreads of the early days, still remain a vital part of the culture and economy.

 Patagonia Lake State Park

In Southern Arizona, one of our well-known lakes is Patagonia Lake State Park, which is also a wildlife refuge a place where fishermen, campers, outdoor enthusiasts, and conservationists meet on common ground. For additional information,
​please call (520) 287-6965. 

Traveling to Patagonia