Sky Islands Arizona


  • Coronado National Forest

    Campgrounds and picnic areas on the Coronado are nearly as diverse as the people who come to visit. Campsites are available from an elevation of 3,000 feet up to 9,000 feet, offering a year round season of camping opportunities and a full spectrum of vegetation and climate zones. Forest Service campgrounds are designed to meet your recreational needs. […]

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  • Raven’s Nest Nature Sanctuary

    Raven’s Nest – our private, 42-acre Nature Sanctuary by Patagonia Lake – is nestled in a beautiful Mesquite Bosque or woodland, interspersed with native grasslands. The sanctuary is located near the edge Sonoita Creek State Natural Area’s 8000 acres of wilderness – just a short walk or drive away. Here you can enjoy: Birding Tours […]

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  • Circle Z Ranch


    Nestled in the heart of Southern Arizona’s Sky Islands, the Circle Z Ranch is a destination for those seeking a ranch vacation unlike any other. If you have a passion for breathtaking views, our ranch will not disappoint. If you have a passion for horses, we will exceed expectations. Fine Riding Over one hundred miles of […]

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  • Ravens-Way Wild Journeys

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    RAVENS-WAY WILD JOURNEYS is an Eco-Adventure and Conservation Organization, passionate about the protection and preservation of nature, wildlife, and our incredible Sky Island’s biodiversity! Join us for exciting and diverse Nature Adventures at our two private sanctuaries nestled in the majestic Sky Islands – each located nearby pristine and remote wilderness. Beautiful Raven’s Nest, our […]

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  • World-Class Birding in Patagonia

    World-Class Birding

    No matter if you’re new to birding or are an avid birder looking to check rare species off your life list, Patagonia is your place. Article written by Dina Mishev and published by Arizona Guide It’s not just because birds outnumber people in Patagonia that the former mining supply town and its surrounding area earned inclusion in Fifty Places […]

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  • Tucson Audubon Society’s Paton Center for Hummingbirds


    A trip to Patagonia would not be complete without a visit to the Paton Center for Hummingbirds. Dedicated to the celebration and conservation of hummingbirds—and all of southeast Arizona’s astounding biodiversity—through recreation, education, and sustainable living. 477 Pennsylvania Ave. Open from dawn to dusk daily Free admission … Donations welcomed The Patons Wally and Marion […]

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  • Nature Conservancy’s Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve

    Sonoita Creek Preserve & Nature Conservatory

    The Preserve is one of the best-known and most popular places for birding in the U.S. More birders have seen their first gray hawks here than anywhere else. The streamside or riparian habitat found along Sonoita Creek contains some of the richest habitat remaining in Southern Arizona. More than 300 species migrate, nest, and live […]

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  • Sonoita Creek State Natural Area at Patagonia Lake State Park

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    Established in 1994, Sonoita Creek State Natural Area’s mission is to preserve Sonoita Creek and its surrounding environment. Encompassing a major portion of the Sonoita Creek and Coal Mine Springs watersheds, this is the State of Arizona’s first significant Natural Area. The Natural Area protects not only the endangered Gila Topminnow and several special-status birds, […]

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  • Upland Trail

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    Maintained by The Nature Conservancy, this 5-mile loop trail was completed in 2001 and is located about 1/2 mile from the Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve’s main entrance. It provides birdseye views of Sonoita Creek and surrounding mountains and is rated easy to moderate. Take 4th Avenue north and turn left on Pennsylvania Avenue. Cross the cattle […]

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Spread Your Wings This Weekend!

Stay for a week. Stay for a season. Or, once you've experienced Patagonia and the Mountain Empire, you may decide to stay for a lifetime. It's that breathtakingly beautiful, serene and invigorating.

299 McKeown Ave, Patagonia, AZ 85624