The Maternity Well Group Site, approximately 10 acres in size, is a recreation site in Las Cienegas National Conservation Area (NCA) specializing in group use. This open grassland area offers primitive camping surrounded by mountain views. Maternity Well is also a popular site for staging bird-dog trial activities. The NCA can be enjoyed year-round since each season provides opportunities to enjoy the unique features of the NCA’s landscape.
This site is part of the Las Cienegas NCA, located seven miles north of Sonoita, AZ.
To access the NCA, travel along State Road 83 and turn east onto BLM road marker LC 900, near mile marker 40. Drive half a mile and turn south on BLM road marker LC 900A.
Primitive camping, picnicking, hiking, mountain biking, and photography. Motorized activities are allowed on designated roads.
The large, 10-acre open group site is reserved for Special Recreation Permit holders.
Permits, Fees, Limitations
A Special Recreation Permit (SRP) is required to use the group site from the BLM Tucson Field Office. Applications for a permit must be received by the BLM Tucson Field Office at least six months in advance of the event date. The general fee for an SRP is $5 per person/per day. No other passes or permits are necessary.
A four-wheel drive or high clearance vehicle is not required to access the site. Motorized use is allowed on the designated roads. The site does not have any wheelchair accessible features.
Camping and Lodging
Dispersed camping is available on public lands; campers should choose previously disturbed sites to reduce impacts. Several small hotels and bed-and-breakfasts are located in Sonoita and Patagonia. A listing of nearby lodging can be found at the Sonoita-Elgin Chamber of Commerce
. Larger lodging facilities are located in Sierra Vista, 35 miles away, and Tucson, approximately 50 miles away.
Food and Supplies
Several convenience stores and restaurants are seven miles south in Sonoita. Major grocery stores are in Sierra Vista and Tucson.
The nearest emergency care is available in Sierra Vista, at the Sierra Vista Regional Health Center. The nearest level 1 trauma care center is in Tucson, at the University Medical Center. Trauma injuries include bone fractures, internal bleeding and brain injuries.
This site is undergoing improvements. The area is an active grazing pasture for cattle several times a year.
Las Cienegas National Conservation Area
Manager: Vi Hillman
3201 E. Universal Way
Tucson, AZ 85756
Phone: (520) 258-7200