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Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve with Donito Burgess

Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve, 150 Blue Haven Rd, Patagonia

Sunday September 26th: 7:00 am; Duration – 3.5hrs

Trip difficulty: Moderate. 2-2.5 miles over mostly level, but occasionally uneven, terrain. Chance of moist, muddy brief portions near wetland areas. A portion of the trail is a former railroad bed, with concrete abutments at either end, bordering the creek. Benches are available at several points along the route.

Trail fees apply: $8.00 (good for 7 days); $5.00 for TNC members, Santa Cruz & Cochise County residents, free to Patagonia residents and to Ramsey Canyon/ Annual Pass holders.

This Nature Conservancy property and trail system provides access to a mixed habitat of primarily riparian area, with a free-flowing creek as a boundary. Woodland areas of Fremont cottonwood, ash, and netleaf hackberry alternate with grassland areas, mesquite bosque, and wetland portions. This diverse habitat provides the opportunity to search for a wide variety of resident and migrating birds, as well as the opportunity to enjoy local wildlife. Highlights may include Gray Hawk, Wild Turkey, Vermilion Flycatcher, Inca Dove, Townsend’s Solitaire, or a visiting Violet-crowned Hummingbird.

Restrooms, picnic tables and drinking water available at the Visitor Center.

Wear sturdy shoes, dress in layers and bring binoculars.

Meet at the TNC Visitors Center; adequate parking is provided.

Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve is accessed via a 1.25 dirt road from the town of Patagonia. (If traveling via Nogales, there is no access via Solera Rd as directed by Google maps. Turn by the Wagon Wheel restaurant as you enter the town of Patagonia.) Participants will receive detailed driving instructions in the pre-trip email.

Participants have the option of following their visit with a stop to enjoy the Tucson Audubon Paton’s Center for Hummingbirds.

Limited to 10 participants.

Leader: Donito Burgess (

Registration for this trip is free. 

**Tucson Audubon member registration opens August 3rd at 7am. Public registration opens August 10th at 7am.**


Header Image: Gray Hawk by Bryan J Smith

Member Registration - August 3rd Public Registration - August 10th




7:00 am - 10:30 am

Trip Features

All Levels,
Benches onsite,
Drinking Water onsite,
Outside Tucson,
Shade Available


Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve


Donito Burgess