Travel Ideas

Explore Downtown Ambos Nogales

Rediscover downtown Ambos Nogales by visiting all 30 places on the City of Nogales' rediscovery map. Beginning at the DeConcini Port of Entry, head north on Morley Avenue then back south on Grand Avenue. Cross into Mexico and explore Avenida Obregon, Avenida Lopez Mateos, and take the pedestrian bridge to Calle Elias. For the even more adventurous, complete the RED, BLUE, and GOLD self guided tours.

Rediscover Nogales Brochure
Downtown Ambos Nogales Map Location Description Booklet

Border Shop Till You Drop

Go on a shopping spree in downtown Ambos Nogales and throughout Santa Cruz County. Explore the exciting stores found along Morley and Grand Avenues, then cross the border for curio shopping along Avenida Obregon in Nogales, Sonora, and further south is the Nogales Mall. Cross back across the border for shopping at modern stores on Mariposa Road, head out to Patagonia and Tubac to purchase art.

Border Shopping

International Wine and Dine

Spend a day or a long weekend enjoying the wining and dining  found throughout the region. Let your taste buds delight at classic American cuisine, authentic Mexican restaurants, fine Italian dining, food carts, and more on both sides of the border. Head out to Sonoita and Elgin to wine taste at any of the dozen wineries in the area that will make you want to come back!



Anza Trail Historical Tour

Start your expedition of the Historic Anza Trail from Nogales to the San Francisco Bay area. Begin at the 1904 Courthouse in downtown, stop at Las Lagunas on Country Club Drive, continue north through Rio Rico to the Tumacacori National Historical Park, and finally end up at the Tubac Presidio State Historical Park. The entire drive with stops can be done in a few hours, or spend an entire day biking or hiking the trail.

Anza Trail

Filmmaking in Santa Cruz County

Oklahoma, Tin Cup, McLintock, Hangover III, and over 120 other movies have been filmed at least in part in Santa Cruz County. Explore each of the movies in the locations they were actually shot throughout the region.  Gain a new appreciation of why movie stars like John Wayne, Stewart Granger and Jean Simmons called this area home.

Film Locations

The Great Outdoors Adventure

Outdoor enthusiasts will have a great time in Nogales and Santa Cruz County with its parks to explore, lakes to boat and fish on, trails to hike and bike, and rugged mountain regions to hunt. Patagonia State Park, Pena Blanca Lake, the Arizona Trail, Santa Rita Mountains, Pajarito Wilderness, Patagonia Mountains, San Rafael Valley, and more are calling!


Birding and Wildlife Watching

The Nogales region has long been known for its birding and wildlife watching. Start at the Las Lagunas marshland in Nogales, then head east to the Sonoita Creek State Natural Area with its year round springs and creeks to catch a glimpse of rare birds and a bevy of hummingbirds. Head south to the San Rafael Valley, recognized as an area with the most diverse mammal life in North America. Finally head west to Sycamore Canyon and north to Madera Canyon to catch a sight of the Trogon.


Cruise the Parks of the Santa Cruz

The Nogales area has national, state, and local parks galore for those who like to take picnics under large shade trees and escape the desert heat in Tucson and Phoenix. Begin at the Tubac Presidio, then follow the Santa Cruz south to Tumacacori, Damon Park in Rio Rico, Pena Blanca Lake, Nogales City Hall, Patagonia Lake, Sonoita Creek, and finally the San Rafael Valley!

National and State Parks

Local Parks

Wild West Ghost Towns

A treasure hunt awaits for the more adventurous types of people who want to go back to the wild west and mining days of Southern Arizona. With more than a dozen ghost towns throughout Santa Cruz County, the rugged terrain and adventures will keep you busy for days on end. Ghost towns on private property should be respected, and those on public lands are accessible!

Ghost Towns

Unique Architecture Tour

Architecture buffs will have a heyday in Nogales. Follow the RED, BLUE, and GOLD self guided tours to explore the Sonoran, Queen Anne Cottage, Second Empire, Spanish Colonial, Pueblo Revival, Mediterranean, and Bungalow styles all found in the downtown Ambos Nogales area.

Self Guided Tours

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