Patagonia Fishing 2  LbNA # 27960

Placed DateDec 31 2006
CountySanta Cruz
LocationPatagonia, AZ
Found Bynavywife727
Last UpdateMar 8 2014


Patagonia Fishing 2

Note: Link above is broken. Once I get a copy of the photo, I will repost soon. Box is alive and well, though, as of February 4, 2014.

Difficulty: Easy
Distance: 15-20 minute one way, easy walk
Stamp: Hand Carved

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 (map available at entrance station) 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, follow the trail east along the perimeter of the lake.
You will wind your way along the path until the ground levels off and turns to a mixture of grass and trees. (At this point we saw 2 deer, plenty of ducks and a falcon.)

Keep walking until you see the tree in the picture from the link above. 55 paces down the trail, from this tree, you will see a trio of trees to the left of the trail. Stop here. At 165* you will see a log that looks like one of the fallen Ents from Fangorn Forest. Look in the hollow end of the tree under the rock and some leaves to find the box.

Additional warning:
Beware of the cows especially during calving season.