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

Daily: 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Note: Sonoita Creek State Natural Area entrance gates are open 4:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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