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Sonoita Creek State Natural Area
Sonoita Creek State Natural Area


Sonoita Creek State Natural Area (SCSNA) is located in Santa Cruz County downstream from Patagonia Lake State Park along lower Sonoita Creek, a perennial tributary of the Santa Cruz River. The area is about 50 miles south of Tucson, just northwest of State Highway 82 and 10 miles north of Nogales. The acquisition of the original 4,914 acres of the SCSNA was finalized on December 20, 1993. In 1995, the State Parks Board applied to purchase approximately 3,033 acres of State Trust Land owned by the State Land Department. The State Trust land extends from the eastern boundary of the SCSNA and surrounds Patagonia Lake State Park. This would be the exchange land discussed in the Patagonia Lake State Park Section. The State Trust land is included in this section because it is the intent of the Parks Board to acquire all or part of this land for the SCSNA.



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