Here are some of our recommendations for Things To Do in Sonoita, Patagonia and Elgin as well as dining and lodging suggestions.

They call this the Mountain Empire. Fair enough. Driving south from Tucson on these scenic highways, you can see the Santa Rita Mountains to the west, Whetstone Mountains to the East, Huachuca Mountains to the southeast, and the Patagonia Mountains in the southwest. But in between are rolling hills, tall grass, herds of cattle, and a dozen vineyards. The scenery looks nothing like the desert environment surrounding Tucson.

Map Tucson To Patagonia

(A) Tucson; (B) Empire Ranch; (C) Sonoita; (D) Elgin; (E) Patagonia. Approx. 90 miles.

The wineries in the little communities of Sonoita & Elgin are about an hour southeast of Tucson via scenic Hwy. 83. Patagonia is an easy 12 miles south of Sonoita. It makes for a fun day trip from Tucson. However, there is so much to see and do down this way, we recommend you stay longer.

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