Explore the most popular hiking trails near Patagonia with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail, though definitely on the easier side as it's largely designed for horses vice hikers. Could possibly even tackle a large portion of the trail and area on a mountain bike, though with the amount of horses around I would stress that any MTB'ers should be careful about flying through the single track sections. Overall it was very beautiful and a good way to spend the afternoon. Did the whole 8.6 mi in just under 3 hours, not counting my stops for pictures or to explore areas.

Not a lot of elevation gain throughout the area, though there are a handful of large rock outcroppings that I stopped and did some bouldering on. Nothing too crazy technical, but the rocks were the perfect grippiness to explore and make your own lines where ever. I think you'd have a lot of snakes around those boulders in the warmer months, so be wary.

Beautiful spot!

Nice walk along Sonoita Creek. I live in Patagonia and hike this frequently. Lots of huge Fremont Cottonwoods, wild turkeys, javelinas, deer and turtles.

The preserve is right outside the town of Patagonia along the Sonoita Creek. There is a visitor center there and places to park when you get to the starting point. There are several trails you can take and all connect and reconnect at some point. It's a real easy walk on pretty much flat ground. You can make a loop out of it or just go out and back the same trail. The cottonwood trees are HUGE in this area. Some of the largest and oldest in the country actually. Many are over 130 years old. There is also AZ Black Walnut, Velvet Ash, and several types of Willows in the preserve. This place has been set aside by the Nature Conservancy, and it was a good choice. It's a riparian area of which AZ does not have many. I have never been here when there isn't water in the creek. Well worth the walk around the trails if you're in this neck of the woods. A big birders location for sure.

hiking
Sunday, April 24, 2016

Unless you have a truck or keep of some sort you will need to stop at the parking area and hike up to where the trail begins.

Lots of ticks along the lower portion of this passage. If hiking in warm weather take bug repellent !

horseback riding
10 months ago

hiking
Saturday, April 01, 2017