Patagonia Fishing  LbNA # 19344

Ownerangel1551us    
Placed DateMar 13 2005
CountySanta Cruz
LocationPatagonia, AZ
Boxes1
Found Bynavywife727
Last UpdateMar 8 2014

Clues

Difficulty: Easy
Distance: 5-10 minute one way, easy to moderate walk
Stamp: Hand Carved

Alive and well as of 02/04/2014!

Directions from Tucson: Take I-10 East to Highway 83 south to Highway 82. On Highway 82, proceed 7 miles past the town of Patagonia. Follow the signs to the park. Entrance and camping fees apply.

Patagonia Lake State Park is in scenic southeastern Arizona. The campground overlooks a 265 acre man-made lake where anglers catch crappie, bass, bluegill and catfish. Trout is stocked every 3 weeks from November until late February. Birding is also a favorite at this park. Inca doves, vermilion flycatchers, ducks, and hummingbirds are among the species present.
Facilities include a small beach with swimming; picnic areas with armadas, tables and grills; a marina and camp supply store; boat ramps; a campground with 72 developed, 34 hook-up and 12 boat access sites, restrooms, showers, and dump station. Pets are allowed except on the beach.

To find the box:
Begin at the Sonoita Creek Trailhead. After some easy walking, you will descend a set of wooden stairs passing through a stile in the wire fencing designed to keep the cows from using the trail. At the bottom of the steps, walk 25 paces southeast away from the lake up the creek bed. Stopping at this point, you will notice a very distinct path forking to the right of the creek bed. To your left at approximately 45 degrees you will notice a fainter unofficial trail on the left side of a medium sized barrel cactus.

Go up this moderate incline until you pass between two mesquites at the top of the hill where the hill flattens out. Look for the only ocotillo on the hill that is located to the south. Standing with the ocotillo on your right, look straight ahead at 90 degrees. There is a mesquite tree with an agave at its base. 10 paces will bring you to the tree. Look under the rocks at the base of the tree.

Additional warning:
Beware of the cows.

Added bonus:
If you look around at bit while you’re at the site, you might find some petroglyphs on a large rock.