Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve

Nature Reserve in Patagonia & The Mountain Empire

A few gentle trails meander through this enchanting riparian willow forest, beloved by twitchers. Managed by the Nature Conservancy, it shelters seven distinct vegetative ecosystems, four endangered species of native fish and more than 300 species of birds, including rarities from Mexico. For bird-watchers, the peak migratory seasons are April and May, and late August to September. There are guided nature walks on Saturday morning at 9am. Joint admission with the Ramsey Canyon Preserve is $10.

Reach the preserve by going northwest on N 4th Ave in Patagonia, then south on Pennsylvania Ave, driving across a small creek and continuing another 1.5 miles.