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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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Outstanding Preservation of a Wet Cave

Kartchner is a magnificent opportunity to view a cave which places nature first. While not nearly as large as Carlsbad or Mammoth, it has truly impressive features. The huge column (Kubla Khan...

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Very interesting tour

This is a very interesting place with the opportunity to learn a little on how the earth has formed, evolved, and changed geologically. There are three caverns/rooms, depending on time of year you...

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An Arizona desert treasure

We purchased our tickets ahead of time which was great because they were sold out. It's a warm cave so you don't need a jacket or cover up. Make sure you wear sturdy shoes so you can safely walk...

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