The Patagonia-Sonoita Preserve is located approximately 60 southeast of Tucson, near the town of Patagonia. Stop in at the Visitor's Center for information on the area and to pay the entrance fee. Exhibits explain the importance of the region, and provide information on local birds, animals and plants.
According to Nature Conservancy: more than 1.5 million acres are preserved in Arizona by the Nature Conservancy. Land they manage is some of the rarest habitat in North America. Riparian areas such as the Patagonia-Sonoita Preserve are necessary for the survival of the extremely rare cottonwood-willow forest, which is one of the rarest forests in North America; approximaely 90 percent of these wetlands have been lost1.
The Patagonia-Sonoita Preserve lies in a floodplain valley, within the watershed of Sonoita Creek. Walk the trails to see birds, butterflies, insects, squirrels and many more inhabitants of this riparian habitat.
NOTE: Fishing and hunting is NOT ALLOWED. PETS ARE NOT ALLOWED on the trails. Visitors must STAY ON TRAILS. Smoking is allowed only in the parking lot. Do not collect anything and do not leave anything.
1. Go to: Nature Conservancy: Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve for information on birding, maps, donations and other preserves.
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San Pedro Valley
Another Nature Conservancy Preserve:
Hassayampa River Preserve