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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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I was looking forward to visiting Kartchner after hearing many positive reviews. I booked the Throne Room tour as it was the only one offered. You do Not pay for parking if you are on a tour. I...

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Great Tour!

I would recommend booking a reservation in advance, as space is limited on the tours - this way you will guarantee a spot. We made reservations ahead of time, but when we arrived at the park, there...

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Wonderful live caverns, not the biggest, but really good. Make advance reservations.

Beautiful formations, good tour. Lots of bacon drapes, large stalagtites and stalagmites, soda straws, egg yolks. Frilly white formations I haven't seen before. Great history of how they were...

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