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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 campgrounds are nice and clean, good bathrooms. The cave tours were amazing and the tour guided very knowledgeable. We are planning another trip to tour the "Big Cave" in October when it opens.

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What an awesome discovery

What an awesome treasure. The discovers did an amazing job keeping it a secret and only revealing it to the public until it was ready to be viewed AND preserved for generations to come. A lot of...

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Not for the Feint hearted

I am a former smoker and tb survivor and the environment inside made it difficult for me to breath somewhat. However, the formations inside and the guide (Star), were fabulous. So interesting to see...

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