Things To Do in Patagonia, Arizona
The Mountain Empire Communities of Patagonia, Sonoita, and Elgin offer visitors a variety of memorable activities and experiences. This area, also known as the Sky Islands because of the towering mountains that rise up from the desert floor, is home to more different plant and animal species than Yellowstone Park!
If you enjoy hiking, biking, or horseback riding, the Arizona Trail passes through the town of Patagonia on its path from Mexico to the Utah border. The trail offers scenic treks through a variety of terrain with spectacular views.
At Patagonia Lake State Park, just seven miles south of Patagonia, you can boat, hike, swim, fish, go birding, or picnic by the lake. The adjoining Sonoita Creek State Natural Area includes seven distinct vegetative communities to observe and explore.
The Nature Conservancy’s Patagonia- Sonoita Creek Preserve and Paton’s Hummingbird Haven, both located just outside Patagonia, are internationally known birding destinations. If you can’t find that special bird you’re looking for, our local bird guide, Matt Brown is available to help.
For mountain or road biking, the Mountain Empire offers single track, dirt road, and pavement rides with spectacular views and exhilarating workouts.
If you are a wine connoisseur – or if you’re not – you’ll want to try wine tasting at one – or more – of our 11 wineries. Our local wines have won awards and been served at the white House!
Are you looking for a beautiful drive? Then make your way across the San Rafael Valley, the only remaining high desert short grass prairie in the United States. Ringed by mountains, it’s green during the summer monsoons and golden the rest of the year, and the scenic, leisurely route to the wineries from Patagonia.
We have galleries and shops full of fine art, jewelry, pottery, and photography by our many talented local artists and artisans. Our restaurants serve everything from homemade pastries to great hamburgers to beautifully presented gourmet meals.
And if you want to explore more of southeastern Arizona, we are just a scenic drive away from Tombstone, Bisbee, Tubac, Kartchner Caverns, and, of course, Nogales, Mexico!
Looking for more information? Then contact the Patagonia Area Business Association and the Sonoita-Elgin Chamber of Commerce!