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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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Kool caves

What a discovery. The caves are warmer than you think. Fully accessible for the disabled and the guides are great. Lots to look and wonder about our natural earth but nothing allowed inside to...

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Do yourself a big favor and take the tour of this Living Cave, you will be very pleased. Arrive a little early and enjoy the hiking trails around the caverns, and the numerous information and videos...

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Kartchner Caverns State Park Tour

The entire visit was expertly guided and exhilarating. Each room was beautiful and fascinating, and The Throne Room was truly stunning.

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