City/Town Snapshot: Town of Patagonia

The town of Patagonia is appropriately proud of its history and distinctive character. The community is quirky and likes it that way. Patagonia's spirit is easily confirmed by a single visit. Situated between the Santa Rita Mountains and the Patagonia Mountains, in the riparian corridor of Sonoita Creek, Patagonia is spectacularly rich in both natural and human assets.

Located about 15 miles north of the border of Mexico and just over an hour's scenic drive from Tucson, Patagonia is high enough at an elevation of just over 4,000 feet to enjoy noticeably cooler summer temperatures than Tucson or Phoenix. As a gateway to the Arizona trail, home of the Patagonia-Sonoita Nature Conservancy and just minutes from Patagonia Lake State Park, Patagonia is a favorite destination of outdoor enthusiasts of every stripe. It is world renowned for the butterflies and birds which abound in virtually every season and even a cougar was recently spotted on the outskirts of town.

Staying and enjoying is easy in Patagonia with a variety of affordable accommodations ranging from Inns and Bed and Breakfast's to RV parks and campgrounds while enjoying a variety of cuisines at local restaurants and renting a bicycle for a quick jaunt through the area. Nearby, and on the scenic route to town, are local vineyards and a number of ranches and otherwise for the equestrian or wannabe.

Best of all, if you are a shopper or collector, Patagonia has evolved as a creative center with a number of art galleries and studios featuring local artists and artisans. Cultural life in Patagonia runs primarily on volunteers and is anchored by the outstanding Patagonia Public Library, the high-achieving Patagonia public schools and the local, all-volunteer radio station, KPUP 100.5. The Tin Shed Theater provides a venue for local thespians to share their talents with the community, while another all-volunteer effort, the Patagonia Regional Times provides the community with a local news outlet.

The town's rich early history in cattle, mining and the railroad is evident in the Town Hall, a restored and repurposed rail road station. The railroad legacy is further evidenced by the town parks and local hiking trails, located on the former rail right of way which traverses the entire town and also provides a great venue for many popular community events. Regular annual events include the Patagonia Trails Day/Earth Fest in April, the Patagonia Film Festival, the Fourth of July Parade, Fall Festival in October and the holiday art walk in November. To check for events or plan a stay just click on

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