Rediscover downtown Ambos, Nogales by visiting all 30 places on the City of Nogales' downtown rediscovery map. Put on your walking shoes and start north from the Historic Morley Port of Entry. Shop your way north on Morley Avenue on your way to Karam Park, the Historic 1904 Courthouse and Court Street District, Historic US Post Office and War Memorial Stadium. Cross Banks Bridge to Grand Avenue where you find the current City Hall and park, the City Cemetery, Historic Camp Little Park, the Nogales Visitor Center, and others. Heading back south towards the border, you encounter the Nogales Public Library designed by Bennie Gonzales, the Mexican Consulate, Sacred Heart Church, Historic 1914 City Hall and Pimeria Alta Historical Society Museum, and finally Historic Crawford Street.
Walking across the border into Nogales, Sonora is like opening up a new chapter of your life as your are whisked away into the thrill and excitement of "Old Mexico" with small shops, curio vendors, restaurants and bars, night clubs, hotels, and much more. Cross the border at either the Morley or Deconcini port of entry. Explore curio shops found in places like Avenida Alvaro Obregon, Pesqueira Plaza and Ochoa Plaza. Visit historic sites like the Monument to Reason, Municipal Auditourium, Original Catholic Parish, Historic Customs House and the Historic City Hall, among many others. Discover other interesting places like the Flag Island of the Americas, the Museo de Arte (Art Museum), and Calle Elias, home to the La Roca Restaurant and the former "Cave" or "La Caverna" which was a favorite stopping place of thousands of famous people and regular tourists alike.
The Town of Patagonia is appropriately proud of its history and distinctive character. Patagonia is situated at over 4,000 feet elevation between the Santa Rita Mountains and the Patagonia Mountains. Located in the riparian corridor of Sonoita Creek, Patagonia is spectacularly rich in both natural and human assets. Artist shops, cafes, bird watching, bike rentals, the old train station, Town Park, Circle Z Ranch, and other fun adventures await your visit to this unique community.
Golfing, hiking, relaxing, bird watching, and riding horses are just part of the Rio Rico experience. Some of Arizona’s most stunning scenery is just outside the door with awe-inspiring sunsets and star-studded nights. A variety of restaurants and the Double R Stables make this area a must stop.
Formerly a halfway station on a stagecoach route from Nogales to Arivaca, the Village of Amado is located just off Interstate 19 north of Tubac. Today it is a rural ranch community home to popular RV parks, the famous Cow Palace, Amado Territory Ranch Inn, Rex Ranch Health Spa, and Agua Linda Farm.
Enjoy a small town romantic escape to the village of Elgin. Elgin was founded when the Santa Fe Railroad built a line that ran from Benson to Nogales. Elgin is now home to several wineries that produce vintages from colorful picnic-style wines to serious award-winning varietals. Located on Highway 83 southeast of Sonoita.
Located at the crossroads of US Highways 82 and 83 and at 5,000 ft above sea level, the Village of Sonoita is surrounded by rolling, grass-covered hills and enjoys wonderful blue skies and wide-open spaces. Many people say this area “looks like Montana” with its rolling grasslands and cienegas surrounded by oak and pine forest mountains. Enjoy horse and bike riding, classic cowboy style eateries and lodging, and beautiful sunsets.
Tubac is a destination for the arts and features over 100 eclectic shops and world class galleries situated along meandering streets punctuated by hidden courtyards and sparkling fountains. Shopping, restaurants, spa treatments, golfing, and more will keep you busy for a whole day. The Tubac Resort was recently named one of Conde Nast Traveler’s 2014 Must-See Destinations.
More than just adobe, plaster, and wood, these ruins evoke tales of life and land transformed by cultures meeting and mixing. Father Kino’s 1691 landmark visit to an O’odham village when he established Mission Tumacacori was just one event among many waves of change at this site. A quick trip through the mission ruins makes a 30-minute visit possible. Joining a guided tour, walking a bit of the Anza Trail, or exploring the depths of information in the museum can keep a visitor busy for a few hours. Explore the grounds, hike, take a tour, discover the museum, or chat with a cultural demonstrator at this unique park. Open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily.