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Sonoita Creek State Natural Area

Located in: Central Arizona Region


Phone: 520-287-2791

Fax: 602-542-4188

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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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Brilliant Tour of the 'Throne Room'

We visited the caves on the recommendation of our friends in Phoenix. Following a visit to Tombstone in the morning we headed to the Kartchner Caverns. We pre-booked and are glad we did as it was...

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We have toured several caverns but this was the first truly 'living cave' tour and it was so exceptional! We took both the regular cavern tour and the Throne Room tour and glad we did both...they go...

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Fun camping spot

What a great place to camp. We had a small rv and there was plenty of room to park for all sizes. Nice amount of room between sites with low trees and cactus to seperate the sites. Good for tents...

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