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"The Town too Tough to Die," Tombstone was perhaps the most renowned of Arizona's old mining camps. When Ed Schieffelin (SHEF·e·lin) came to Camp Huachuca (hwah·CHEW·kuh) with a party of soldiers and left the fort to prospect, his comrades told him that he'd find his tombstone rather than silver. Thus, in 1877 Schieffelin named his first claim the Tombstone, and rumors of rich strikes made a boomtown of the settlement that adopted this name.
COPPER QUEEN HOTEL
Oldest continually running Hotel in the state of Arizona. Historically registered at 105 years old. 52 rooms with private baths, TV’s, Wi-Fi. American-Western cuisine dining. Full service Bar- Outdoor swimming. Outside patio.
Copper Queen Hotel
11 Howell Ave
PO Box Drawer CQ
Bisbee, AZ 85603
Parker Canyon Lake
Directions: 25 miles southeast of Sonoita in the scenic Canelo Hills. Travel east on Interstate 10 to State Route 83 (exit 281) and turn south 50 miles through Sonoita to Parker Canyon Lake.
Season: Open year round.
Boating and fishing (8 hp limit)
Trout, bass and catfish
Camping and picnicking
Cool oak and grassland setting
Great Lakeside wildlife trail loop
Boat rentals available.
Fishing Pier, paved boat ramp & courtesy dock
Handicap access to most facilities
Parking for vehicles, motor homes and boat trailers
Best Bit: Most days you will have the lake and campgrounds all to yourself.
Ft. Huachuca Museum: A fascinating and true story of how black solders, know as Buffalo Soldier, shaped the nation today. Civilian visitors are welcome form 9:AM. to 4:PM., Monday through Friday. Saturday and Sunday 1: PM to 4: PM.
Location: Ft. Huachuca, AZ
Sonoita to Patagonia:
Distance: 12 miles
Route: Follow Rt. 82
Best Time to Ride: Year Round
Best Bit: It's all downhill
Road Cycling in Sonoita, Patagonia, Elgin:
One of the greatest experiences of road cycling is discovering new rides. The Sonoita, Patagonia, Elgin region is a road cyclists fantasy, it has all the ingredients of an epic ride, rolling hills, fast flats, short and long climbs, followed by blazing descents. These lonely roads are perched at over 5000 feet where the air is cool and thin. They are as ideal for race training or weekend recreational rides. In the early spring these secret routes attract professional cyclists from around the world. In this season streams of colorful group riders twist up cactus studded Rt. 83 to the rolling grassy hills of Arizona's Wine Country. The fact that there is not a bike shop for 60 miles confirms that these are virgin roads awaiting discovery.
13. Birding & Wildlife Adventures:
Location: Arizona Trail, Explore 790 miles of trail extending from Utah to Mexico.
14. Location: Lake Patagonia & Patagonia-Sonoita Creek: A relaxing spot to drift and visit with wildlife.
The Patagonia region is outstanding for off road adventures be it hikes, mountain biking, ATV or 4 wheel drive vehicles. The ride start and end at the center of town and climb, twist and turn through mountains, hills, streams, past ranches, ghost towns and fire towers. Begin at the center of Patagonia and follow Harshaw Rd. 6 miles until the pavement ends then select your adventure as all routes are well marked with signs. There is terrain for every skill level from technical to recreational and for every toy. Remember to yield to hikers and horses on the trail.
Flux Canyon Mountain Bike Loop:
Total Distance: 19 miles (Loop)
NWS Weather Forecast for Santa Cruz County
Start: Post Office in Patagonia
Finish: Post Office in Patagonia
Best Time to Ride: Spring, Summer & Fall
Best Bits: At 6000 feet there are great view of Santa Rita Mountains, Canelo Hills and Mt. Washington.
Start from the Post Office in Patagonia and ride out Harshaw Road 6 miles to the end of the pavement then turn right. Go two miles to the Flux Canyon Rd. sign and turn right up the dirt hill. Climb this short but steep hill for about .75 of a mile until the trail slopes 4.5 miles to a gradual descent. Just after the old mine on the right there will be gradual 2.1 mile climb. At the top of the hill there is a view across the Patagonia valley to the Santa Rita Mountains. Prepare for a fast descent all the way to Rt. 82. Turn right on Rt. 82 and ride 2.7 miles back to Patagonia.
Coronado National Forest - Kentucky Camp Information
Friends of Kentucky Camp
AZ Trail Information
Southern Arizona Grotto
Coronado National Forest - Nogales District Trail Information
Santa Rita Mountains OHV Map
Patagonia-Sonoita Scenic Road
Coronado National Forest Scenic Drives - Box Canyon Road (FR 62)
Ghost Towns of the Santa Rita Mountains (Kentucky Camp, Helvetia & Greaterville)
Sonoita, Patagonia and Elgin Arizona Visitor Guide
Southern Arizona Information
Mineral deposits of the Santa Rita Mountains (Malachite, Rosasite & other)
Caves of the Santa Rita Mountains & Area (Kartchner Caverns, Agua Caliente Caves, Cave of the Bells, Onyx Cave, & Silver Cave)
Kartchner Caverns Information
Coronado National Forest – Cave of the Bells & Onyx Cave Information
Southern Arizona Grotto
Welcome! Come See us
Square Top Ranch is located in the rolling grasslands of Sonoita Arizona, in the state’s Southeastern region. Sonoita is part of the Mountain Empire which also includes Patagonia and Elgin. This region is home to a growing vineyard industry, horse and cattle ranching, a rural lifestyle and more recently the beautiful alpaca.
Our first encounter with an alpaca was at the local county fair, and from then on our interest and involvement in learning more about these gentle creatures grew. After ranch visits, classes and gleaning as much information as we could, and then doing a little soul searching, we bought our first alpaca. We haven’t looked back since.
Since purchasing our first alpaca in 1999 our herd has grown to 15-20 alpacas depending on the season. Our idyllic yet profitable lifestyle has become a reality. Our business includes raising and selling these wonderful animals and related alpaca products, as well as boarding for other owners.
Our goal is to breed and raise conformationally correct, fine fleeced animals with gentle endearing personalities. We concentrate on hands-on individual attention; our personal care for each individual animal ensure its health and happiness. The results are alpacas that are people friendly and easier to raise and handle.
One of the most rewarding aspects of being an alpaca owner is the lifestyle and the chance to meet others who love and care for these amazing creatures
Square Top Ranch is owned and operated by Mike & Linda Wood.