Arizona Trail

Just three miles outside of Patagonia is one several places in the area to access to the historic Arizona Trail, which runs Mexico to Utah. Take Harshaw Road east of Patagonia about 3 miles, until you see the Arizona Trail sign. Park and cross the road to the north side […]

Hiking Red Mountain

This hike is moderately difficult. The trail is the service road to the fire lookout station on the summit of Red Mountain.  In years past, this was no doubt one of many mining roads in the Patagonia Mountains, but in recent years both Verizon Wireless and Cingular mobile phone service […]

A Hike in Majestic Temporal Canyon

One of the most beautiful areas to explore on the outskirts of Patagonia is Temporal Canyon which lies to the north between the town and the approach to Mount Wrightson. Take 1st Avenue off Highway 82 just west of the High School. This well-graded dirt road will take you about […]

Hiking the Mountain Empire – North Loop 2.1 Miles

This 2.1 mile loop hike is close to downtown Patagonia and takes about an hour, It is an ideal “before-breakfast walk” for anyone staying at the local hotel or bed and breakfast lodgings. Your route follows reasonably level back roads with the exception of one of those “roller coaster hills” […]

Kartchner Caverns State Park

If spelunking is something you fancy, don’t miss the extraordinary Kartchner Caverns. Discovered by Randy Tufts and Gary Tenen, the caverns are open to the public and offer exquisite formations, including stately totems and cave rafts (small pools with floating calcite held up by the surface tension of the water). […]

Upland Trail

Maintained by The Nature Conservancy, this 5-mile loop trail was completed in 2001 and is located about 1/2 mile from the Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve’s main entrance. It provides birdseye views of Sonoita Creek and surrounding mountains and is rated easy to moderate. Take 4th Avenue north and turn left on […]