Patagonia Fishing 2  LbNA # 27960

Placed DateDec 31 2006
CountySanta Cruz
LocationPatagonia, AZ
Found By maineboy65
Last Found Mar 28 2015
Hike Distance?

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

Alive and well as of 23-November-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. Turn right and follow the signs to the park. Entrance and camping fees apply. Unfortunately, the fees have gone up significantly in the last few years. It will cost you $10 per car on a weekday for day use and $15 to get in on a weekend. Bummer...

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 9 wooden steps after the gate, start counting your steps. At 68 steps you should be at the top a very small hill (bump) in the trail with some split rocks to your right. (This should give you a feel for my steps compared to yours.)

From the top of this hill, start counting steps again starting over at zero. When you have gone 400 steps (5 or so minutes), stop and look to your right. What you seek is a prone log that looks like one of the fallen Ents from Fanghorn Forest. It is about 20 steps off the trail. Look in the hollow end (east side) of the log under two rocks and some leaves to find the box.

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