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Sonoita Creek State Natural Area

Central Arizona Region

Phone: 520-287-2791

Fax: 602-542-4188


Established in 1994, Sonoita Creek State Natural Area's mission is to preserve this fragile riparian area and its surrounding environment. Encompassing a major portion of the Sonoita Creek and Coal Mine Spring watersheds, this is the State of Arizona's first significant Natural Area. The Natural Area protects not only the endangered Gila Topminnow and several special-status birds, but also historical and cultural relics. Low impact recreations such as hiking, and bird watching co-exist with education and scientific research of Sonoita Creek State Natural Area.

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The place was pretty neat on the outside. Not much you can see from the inside but the echo is pretty loud and the tour guide was really cool and hilarious. You can’t take anything in, couldn’t take...

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Worth the drive

We spend the morning going to the caves, it was over an hour drive for us but definitely worth it! They were cool to see! It was very nice to be in a “cooler” in temp cave when it was starting to...

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Make the effort to see this

We chose the first tour of the day and drove over from Tucson. Worth evey penny and minute of time. So much care went into the development of this site and employee that we came into contact with...

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