Sonoita & Elgin are neighboring small towns in the rolling high desert grasslands of southeastern Arizona. Higher elevations mean cooler temperatures than Phoenix or Tucson so it is a perfect year-round destination. The Sonoita, Arizona AVA (American Viticultural Area) is the first in the state, established in 1984. This corner of the state is also known for birding opportunities. Scenic views and friendly locals are never hard to find & taking a breath and savoring the moment come naturally.
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SOUTHEAST ARIZONA WINE GROWERS FESTIVAL - Two-day wine and music festival every April at Kief-Joshua Vineyards.
SONOITA QUARTER HORSE SHOW - First weekend in June, oldest quarter horse show in the nation, Sonoita Fairgrounds.
SONOITA RODEO - Labor Day weekend (Sat., Sun. and Mon.), Saturday and Sunday night steak fry and dance, Sonoita Fairgrounds.
ARIZONA RANGER DAYS / HERITAGE FESTIVAL - Memorial Day weekend, music, fiddle contests Sat. & Sun., Saturday night dance, Sunday Rotary pancake breakfast, homemade dinner hosted by the Patagonia Senior Citizens in Patagonia Town Park. (520) 394-2707
BLESSING OF THE HARVEST - early August, Sonoita Vineyards.
BLESSING OF THE VINES - mid-April, Sonoita Vineyards.
FIREMAN'S ANNUAL STEAK FRY - Last Saturday in June, steak dinner, fund raiser for Patagonia Volunteer Fire Dept., in the Patagonia Town Park gazebo, (520) 394-2337
GRASS RIDGE HORSE TRIALS - October 10th, 11th, and 12th, Sonoita Fairgrounds.
PATAGONIA FALL FESTIVAL - Second weekend in October, arts & crafts fair, entertainment, food, Saturday night dance, Friends of the Library book sale, Patagonia Town Park, (520) 394-0060
PATAGONIA FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION - July 4th, downtown Patagonia, day long events, parade, food booths, music, fireworks, and dance, Patagonia Town Park & Patagonia High School. (520) 394-0060
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY FAIR - Last weekend in September, Fri., Sat. and Sun., 4-H auction and exhibit. Open exhibits, carnival, vendors, school exhibits and family entertainment until 9:00 pm, Sonoita Fairgrounds.
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY HORSE RACES - Last weekend in April, first weekend in May, thoroughbred & quarter horse, Sonoita Fairgrounds.
SONOITA FEST - Spring
"The Town Too Tough To Die"
Kartchner Caverns - Living Cave
Cave Tour Reservations
Bisbee Attractive artist colony
On the east slope of the Santa Rita Mountains
Los Cienegas National Conservation Area
Five of the rarest habitat types in the American Southwest: cienegas (marshlands), cottonwood-willow riparian forests, sacaton grasslands, mesquite bosques, and semi-desert grasslands.
Patagonia - Sonoita Creek Preserve
Home to one of Arizona's few permanently flowing streams, endangered fish, butterflies and birds.
Nature Conservatory's Patagonia
Sonoita Creek preserve Bird List
Ramsey Canyon Preserve
Fifteen species of hummingbirds
Parker Canyon Lake
FISHING BOATING CAMPING and MORE
Patagonia Lake State Park
Popular for a variety of recreational activities, including water skiing, fishing, camping, picnicking, and hiking