New Mexico & Arizona Railroad Trail

Arizona

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New Mexico & Arizona Railroad Trail Facts

States: Arizona
Counties: Santa Cruz
Length: 5 miles
Trail end points: Sonoita Creek State Natural Area and Sonoita Creek State Natural Area
Trail surfaces: Dirt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6015205

New Mexico & Arizona Railroad Trail Description

The New Mexico & Arizona Railroad Trail, also known as the Railroad Grade Trail, is a rustic hiking and equestrian trail in the Sonoita Creek State Natural Area outside of Patagonia, Arizona. The area provides prime habitat for birds, including rare ones, best viewed in March through September or late April through May. Winter is the best time to see sparrows and occasional southern vagrants, such as rufous-backed robins. Entrance fees apply.

Parking and Trail Access

The Sonoita Creek State Natural Area is located along the town limits of Patagonia, Arizona. From town, take Blue Heaven Road to the visitor center, or call (520) 287-2791.

New Mexico & Arizona Railroad Trail Reviews

New Mexico & Arizona Rail Trail from Rio Rico - 3/20/18

Parked on Avenida Coatimundi across from Coatimundi Middke School. Road gate is locked but there is a passenger gate to the right. It appears locked but is just held closed by a wire. Walk on dirt road past water tank on right thru another road gate to sign at start of trail. Go about .5 miles from school to second trail sign that tells you to take right trail. You will cross the Sonoita Creek bed. Trail is a mixture of dirt road, sand, packed earth and gravel. We went about 1.6 miles where we couldn’t find a secure way to cross creek and continue on trail so we headed back to car. Bird-wise it was mid-day so not a lot of activity. We did see a Northern Flicker, Gila Woodpecker, Yellow Rump Warbler, Vermillion Flycatcher and Chipping Sparrow. Trail could be better marked as there were numerous cow paths. Beautiful desert scenery and a very peaceful quiet.

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