Friends of Sonoita Creek is an Arizona non-profit organization dedicated to protecting Sonoita Creek and its watershed and educating others about its importance to all the living things living here. We try to extend knowledge of the Sonoita Creek watershed through hands-on activities, presentations, hikes, and financial support to kindred organizations.
The Sonoita Creek watershed begins at the fairgrounds in Sonoita, AZ and meanders down its valley to the town of Patagonia. There Harshaw Creek, its largest tributary, which drains from the Patagonia Mountains, joins Sonoita Creek. The first place to access the creek to see water is the Patagonia/Sonoita Nature Conservancy on Blue Haven Road to the south west of Patagonia. A few miles further to the southwest the creek was dammed, forming Patagonia Lake, now the centerpiece of Patagonia Lake State Park. Below the dam the creek flows into Sonoita Creek State Natural Area, eventually emptying into the Santa Cruz River at Rio Rico. The water is below ground much of the time and during much of the year, but it has perennial water from Patagonia to below the dam on its way to the Santa Cruz.
We invite you to visit our area, to see the Creek and to learn about its importance to life in southern Arizona.