Thursday, December 24, 2020

Snowbird RV Adventure: Patagonia Lake State Park Walks and Hikes

Days 16-17

Site #19 wide view.
November 30: One thing that Wayne and I love to do is walk through the campgrounds where we stay. I carry a map of the park and mark the best sites for future reference. I keep a copy of the annotated map in my Trip Journal to use for reservations for upcoming stays. Wayne enjoys looking at all of the different RV makes, models and styles.

We came to the conclusion that our site #19 was the best, but it wasn't available for January and April. I used the reservation map to find open sites then we walked them to check location, privacy and how level the pad was. We settled on #35 for January and #8 for April. Both are in the East Campground which we prefer. It's smaller and the sites are more private.

We love our little 25' Forest River Sunseeker, but checking out what others use is fun and sometimes amusing. Small is the best for us for driving and parking, yet ample inside space and amenities. We aren't full-timers so we don't need a huge Class A or fifth-wheel trailer.

A Gila Woodpecker drilling a Mesquite Tree at our site.

Patagonia State Park has a camp store. On our two campground walks, we stopped to get a Blue Bunny King Size Bunny Tracks Cone. It's the best commercial ice cream cone available. Good thing we don't have a store handy every day to get one, they are addicting!

December 1: On our last day we took the Sonoita Creek Trail that starts at the east end of the East Campground. The trail skirts the end of Patagonia Lake then follows Sonoita Creek. There is a loop at the end of the trail so you get the chance to see both aquatic and inland areas. Except for one section with railroad tie stairs, it's a flat walk.

The mushroom on the right looks like a mature Oyster Mushroom. What do you think?

Sonoita Creek with water running in December.

It's a bird watcher's paradise. Here's a list of what can be expected. But at mid-day we saw more birds in our campsite than on the trail.

Wayne has a Roadrunner come to visit. Beep Beep!

There's also the Sonoita Creek State Natural Area near the park entrance. It has eight miles of trail to explore. This trail is open to hikers and horseback riders We'll try this one in the future.

We loved our stay so much we scheduled two more stays this Snowbird RV Adventure season. If you would like to check out Patagonia State Park in more detail, here is a link to a park brochure and map. -- Margy 


  1. Hello Margy, It looks like you picked a great campground. Cool sighting the Gila Woodpecker and the Roadrunner. The trail looks like a nice spot for a walk. Great photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a great day and a happy new week!

  2. I'm glad I read under the woodpecker because at first glance I thought you ran over it and that was it lying in the tyre track! (It's early here and my coffee hasn't set in!!)

  3. Looks like a lovely place to take a rest.
    Dawn aka Spatulas On Parade

  4. Margy - so glad to have you back at Mosaic Monday! You and I are so much alike - organized! So helpful to have advance information, don't you think? And a roadrunner right THERE!?! Wow. Thanks for sharing part of your journey with the MM crew!

  5. Sounds fantastic. Stay safe and keep having fun.

  6. We would indeed be in paradise there as bird watchers! Beautiful photos and thanks for the link of what you can see! Enjoy your week!

  7. Love the roadrunner shot! We considered that bird as our mascot when we were full timers. We were told that it’s name in Mexico translates to “vagabond” or “traveler.”


Thanks for stopping by. Comments, questions, and suggestions are always welcome. - Margy