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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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Excellent cave

I've been going into caves for 40 years, and I'd heard a lot about Kartchner from people involved in it's development, but hadn't visited until today. In my opinion, this is the most carefully...

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Live Stalactites

This cavern is well preserved and continues to grow its stalactites and stalagmites. Amazing formations.

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Such a Surprise!!!

We have explored caves all over the world and honestly had never heard of Kartchner Caverns. This was such a welcome surprise! Do not let the warnings about the humidity and heat inside the cave keep...

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