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uring a showing of entries for the first Discover Southern Arizona magazine photography contest, one of the winners said, “It’s hard to go anywhere in this area and not find a photo opportunity.” In fact, to the delight of shutterbugs, Southern Arizona is renowned for its spectacular desert and mountain scenery, sunsets, distinctive flora and fauna and rich mix of native, Spanish, Mexican and American cultures. Archaeological evidence indicates that the Santa Cruz Valley is one of the longest inhabited places in North America. Evidence of prehistoric cultures and their achievements in agriculture, canal building, pottery and villages abound. It is the homeland to at least two Native American tribes. Their influence, as well as that of the Spaniards, Mexicans and Anglos, is found in such historic attractions as early Spanish colonial missions, old mines, sprawling ranches, ghost towns, frontier outposts and artist colonies. Visitors are drawn here annually for the very reasons many call this home, such as mild winters, abundant recreational opportunities, and a vibrant and fascinating history that lends this region its character. The valley, which includes the communities of Nogales at the U.S.-Mexico border, north to Rio Rico, Carmen, Tumacacori, Tubac, Green Valley and Sahuarita, takes its name from the Santa Cruz River, which



runs underground throughout most of the year and has a unique flow characteristic. The headwaters of the Santa Cruz River wind through the San Rafael basin to the east of Nogales — a broad, north-trending valley. This basin — bounded on the west by the Patagonia Mountains, on the north and east by the Canelo Hills, and on the south by the international boundary with Mexico — is high, semiarid desert grassland. The headwaters support a mostly undisturbed lush, riparian ecosystem. The river makes a 35-mile loop through Mexico, then crosses back into the United States near Nogales. The valley supports a great diversity of mammal species including black bear, bobcat, coyote and mountain lion. White-tailed deer, mule deer and javelina are common, and pronghorn antelope were reintroduced to the valley in the 1950s. The river basin is also habitat for the Mexican gray wolf that had been killed off in the area and has made a comeback after recent introduction efforts. Birding enthusiasts flock to this area to get a gander at the abundance of birds that inhabit the valley and waterfowl that migrate through in the spring and fall. Madera Canyon and the Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve are world-renowned birding spots. A visit to Santa Cruz County is not complete without a wine-tasting tour to some or all of the eight vineyards that have developed in and around the Sonoita-Elgin area since 1979. Head south and experience la frontera or border in Nogales, where Mexico and United States culture is so curiously intertwined that even the languages of both nations, English and Spanish, are used interchangeably in what is referred to as Spanglish. Taste unique cross-culture fare such as “mexicanitos,” hot dogs wrapped in fried bacon served on a corn tortilla smeared with refried beans. Find a multitude of duty-free shops near the international line downtown where you can purchase tequila or other favorite spirits, perfume, cigarettes and other items, tax free in exchange for walking the items about a block across the border and then back into the United States. Ron Colburn, former director for law enforcement for the Homeland Security Council, who was once stationed in Nogales with the Border Patrol said, “Here, one can become easily lost in all that is American, while embracing all that is Latin.” The village of Tubac, meanwhile, is “where art and history meet,” offering one of the largest outdoor annual art festivals in the United States with more than 300 annual exhibitors. The oldest European settlement in Arizona, it has undergone several transitions — from a military fort for Spanish soldiers, to a frontier colony besieged by Apaches, to a modern-day artists’ colony and shopping mecca featuring a south-of-the-border rustic ambiance and charm. Both the stately Mission San Xavier del Bac, the “White Dove of the Desert,” and the mission at Tumacacori National Historical Park have Spanish roots, built as part of an extensive chain of missions under the direction of Jesuit and Franciscan priests and Native Americans in the early 1700s. Our newest edition of Discover Southern Arizona magazine takes you through some of these distinctive attractions and communities through a mix of editorial content and colorful photography.



nogales s e l a g o n p o h s Nogales draws history buffs and shopping nuts


o experience Nogales, Ariz., stroll and shop along the main street where merchandise is as diverse as the culture.

•The mix of retail businesses includes some still owned and operated by descendants of such pioneer families as the Brackers and Korys on the original main street. Within the last 20 years, downtown also has seen an influx of Korean merchants offering everything from toys to tools. The original Morley Avenue pedestrian border crossing; Nasib Karam Park; Old Town Hall, home of the Pimeria Alta Historical Society; and Mazon’s old-fashioned neighborhood grocery store are among the amenities that create an urban flair.

•History buffs can enjoy attractions such as the Santa Cruz County Historic 1904 Courthouse and the varied architectural styles of residences along Crawford Street, Court Street and throughout the city. A classic portico at the entry and a roof-top dome are among the courthouse’s attributes. The two-feet-thick walls are constructed of locally quarried tufa stone, which was also used to construct many of the area’s early commercial structures and homes. The building was in daily use by Santa Cruz County government until 1989. It now houses a local branch of Cochise College, a ranching museum operated by the Santa Cruz Cowbelles, and a law-enforcement museum manned by the Arizona Rangers. It was recently designated as the symbolic U.S. trailhead for the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail.

•For more visitor information, phone the Nogales Santa Cruz County Chamber of Commerce at 520-287-3685.



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Ambos Nogales maintains international link


he unique cultural mix, historical significance and ideal location of Ambos Nogales offer locals and visitors more than meets the eye.

By Genevive H. Gutiérrez The history of both cities is intertwined and deep-rooted, dating back to 1841 when José Elias Camou and family received a land grant from the Mexican government and developed Rancho Casita. Their property was a vast grove of walnut trees known to locals as “los nogales de Elias,” or Elias’ walnut trees. When a land survey was taken after the Gadsden Purchase in 1853, the government found that “los nogales” had been divided in two by the international line. However, the name Nogales stuck for both sides of the border. Until the middle of the 20th century, Ambos Nogales was divided only by a chain link fence. Historically, it was easy for people, vehicles, products, services, animals and ideas to pass easily from one side to the other. It was just as easy for Apache raiders to pass through the border. The infamous Geronimo was once held captive in La Caverna restaurant, one block south of the



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border, which was destroyed by fire in the early 1980s. Witnessing executions, gunfights and destruction became routine throughout the Mexican Revolution of 1910-1920 in Nogales. For the next 20 years, U.S. troops set up camp in the hills of Nogales, Ariz., overlooking the valley of Nogales, Sonora. In spite of infamy in the north of Mexico, the revolutionary Pancho Villa and his cavalry were formally entertained by the 12th U.S. Infantry and Gen. John J. Pershing in Nogales on Aug. 29, 1914. During the revolution, Buffalo Soldiers were stationed at Camp Stephen D. Little in Nogales. Many settled in the area, marrying and having children with Mexican and Native American women, adding to the cultural polyglot that has defined Nogales.







patagonia s r o o d t u o , y r o t s i h art, Patagonia shines with art, history, outdoors


hile its origins date back to early mining claims in the area, Patagonia has reinvented itself as an appealing arts community. Many of the early buildings of the town are still in use as shops and residences, giving the town an age-old ambiance. Be sure to check out the Patagonia Library in Cady Hall, a refurbished adobe hotel on Duquesne Street. History buffs will enjoy exploring the nearby ghost towns of Washington Camp, Mowry, Duquesne and Harshaw in the Patagonia Mountains. Patagonia is a mecca for birders and hikers and is well known as a hot spot for butterflies. In addition, few drives are prettier than State Route 82 leading into Patagonia, with the backdrop of beautiful Red Mountain rising above this picturesque small town. By Marion Vendituoli •The Nature Conservancy’s Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Nature Preserve, one of the most popular birding spots in the United States, features walking trails along the Sonoita Creek. Patagonia Lake State Park offers camping and fishing as well as birding and pontoon boat tours. •Patagonia is a great place for shopping. Global Arts has an eclectic collection of wares from all over the world, Mariposa Books is a wonderful independent book store, and the Artists’ Cooperative offers handcrafted goods by local artists. There are several art galleries within walking distance of the center of town. •More than a dozen choices for accommodations range from the Stage Stop Inn to a variety of bed and breakfasts. The Duquesne House is an attractively restored adobe inn. The Spirit Tree Inn offers guest rooms in a historic ranch



a setting. You can even stay in a 1950sera trailer at Las Palmas. At the Circle Z Guest Ranch, one of the oldest in Arizona, you can ride, relax at the pool, play tennis, or simply enjoy this beautiful 6,500-acre ranch. •The Home Plate restaurant is famous for its tasty meals served in a casual atmosphere. The Gathering Grounds is an attractively decorated coffee and lunch spot. Mercedes is the spot for Mexican food in Patagonia, and the Velvet Elvis has a wellearned reputation for gourmet pizzas. Stop by the Wagon Wheel for a drink in an authentic cowboy bar. •Patagonia hosts a three-day fall festival every October that features 200 vendors, plus great music and entertainment.



sonoita|elgin adventure Outdoor adventures abound in Sonoita, Elgin


he legacy of ranchers and homesteaders flavors the communities of Sonoita and Elgin. Sloping out of the eastern side of the Santa Rita Mountains, the prairie grasses ripple across the wide valley surrounded by nine mountain ranges. The elevation of 4,900 feet yields mild summers and breathtaking scenery that beckons riders, hikers and birders to this area, which also is home to award-winning vineyards. By Marion Vendituoli

•Kief Joshua Vineyard in Elgin offers an omelet bar on Sundays as well as daily wine tasting. Bring your picnic lunch to Sonoita Vineyard, taste the wines and sit out on the grass overlooking the vineyard. Wine festivals are always popular events. In all, there are eight wineries open for tasting in the Sonoita-Elgin area. •The historic Empire Ranch and La Cienegas National Conservation Area are open to the public for recreation and tours. A visit to Kentucky Camp, a renovated gold mining camp in the foothills of the Santa Ritas, will take you back in time to the heyday of mining in this area.



•Arizona Horseback Experience offers local riding adventures, and the Arizona Trail in the Santa Rita Mountains is a favorite among hikers and birders. •La Hacienda de Sonoita bed & breakfast, the Sonoita Inn, the Crown C Ranch, Grand Adventures Ranch, Rain Valley B&B and Xanadu offer a variety of accommodations, ranging from traditional rooms to casitas.



•Dining options in the area include traditional steak dinners at the Steak Out Restaurant, Italian meals at Viaggio Italiano and fine dining at Canela Bistro. •Shopping opportunities include High Noon Feed and Tack, which has a wonderful art gallery as well as Western gifts, animal feeds and gear. Buffalo Gals, inside Sonoita Hardware, offers one-of-a-kind items and cards. The Little Burro sells art and mesquite furniture. Nizhoni Ranch Gallery offers museum-quality Navajo rugs, and Many Horses Trading Post is a must-stop for exquisite Southwestern jewelry. •The Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds hosts two weekends of horse racing in May, the Sonoita Rodeo on Labor Day weekend, and the county fair in September.





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r. Gordon Dutt, a retired soil scientist from the University of Arizona, first experimented with growing wine grapes near Elgin in 1973. He planted Arizona’s first commercial vineyard in 1979 and is the owner of Sonoita Vineyards. He proved that the area’s soil and climate was right for growing wine grapes. Over the years, seven more vineyards have been established in northeast Santa Cruz County. All welcome visitors to their tasting rooms. Wine lovers should allow the better part of a day to tour the wineries. Many of the local wineries sell only at their tasting room. Others have limited distribution in Arizona. Check each winery’s Web site for location and a listing of wines currently available.



y r t n u o c e in w a n arizo By Robert E. Kimball •Dos Cabezas WineWorks has been producing wines in Arizona since 1995. It won two Governor’s Choice awards in 2007. Their Viognier was awarded the Best Arizona White and their El Norte the Best Arizona Red. Visit 3248 State Route 82 in Sonoita. 520-455-5141. •Rancho Rossa Vineyards produces about 1,200 cases of wine each year from its 22-acre vineyard near Elgin. It specializes in ultra-premium dry varietal wines. The first vines were planted in 2002. — Six miles southeast of Sonoita on Elgin Road. 520-455-0700. •Canelo Hills Vineyard and Winery was established in 2003 on 10 acres south of Sonoita. Its 2007 Estate Tempranillo received an 86 rating from Wine Spectator. It has sold out. — 343 El-



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Jeff and Charlene Manning welcome visitors to Kief Joshua Winery in Elgin.

•Callaghan Vineyards produces rich, complex red and white wines with Spanish and Mediterranean varietals. Founded in 1990, it has been honored three times by having its wines served at the White House. In 2006, Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano designated Callaghan Vineyards one of Arizona’s Treasures. — 336 Elgin Road. 520-455-5322. •Kief Joshua Vineyards, founded in 2005, has 10 varieties of grapes under cultivation. Its first release was a 2008 Viognier. It uses traditional winemaking methods of minimal interference, open fermentation and barrel aging. — 370 Elgin Road. 520-455-5582. •Village of Elgin Winery specializes in making wines from grapes grown in Arizona. It recently completed a study of wine bottle closures and concluded that the Saranex Lined ROPP (Roll-on pilfer-proof) Screw Cap is the best way to store, age and preserve wine. So much so that it upgraded its bottling line to solely bottle using ROPP caps. Corks had a failure rate 400 percent greater than the ROPP cap. — 471 Elgin Road. 520-455-9309. •Sonoita Vineyards offers wines ranging from crisp to fruity to bold. In addition to its tasting room, the winery offers tours and private party events such as weddings and receptions. — Just off of State Route 83 south of Elgin. 520-455-5893. •Wilhelm Family Vineyards, established in late 2008, is the newest addition to the Sonoita area wineries. Initial offerings include four reds, two whites and one dessert red. — 21 Mountain Ranch Drive off Lower Elgin road. 520-4559291.





rio rico s d l r o w l l a f o best The best of all worlds within easy reach


isitors to Rio Rico will discover the casual and relaxing lifestyle of the Southwest and, at the same time, still be close to the amenities of a major city. The area is home to ranches as well as new housing developments. Rio Rico has a population of about 20,000, a shopping center, one high school and several middle schools. Many pleasurable experiences are in store for the curious and active visitor — golfing, hiking, bird watching and riding horses. There are daily reminders of the Old West as cattle are free to roam the open range, and cowboys still round them up.

•Travelers may enjoy the Esplendor Resort, which has hosted business conferences, television programs, and is frequented by many entertainment personalities. •Some of Arizona’s most stunning scenery is just outside your door with awe-inspiring sunsets and star-studded nights. Keen-eyed visitors may spot coyotes, quail, hawks, doves, javelina and deer. Birders will take delight in the variety of species that can be spotted easily. The Rio Rico area is a migratory route for many birds. •History buffs will enjoy hiking the historic Anza Trail along the Santa Cruz River.



•Restaurants in Rio Rico include Las Trankas de Rio Rico and the Mesquite Ranch for traditional local fare and Nona Vivi for an Italian flavor. •Within 20 minutes of Rio Rico, visitors can visit the Tumacacori National Historical Park, watch artisans creating works of art in their studios in Tubac, or shop and dine in colorful Mexico.



tumacacori e c i p s d n a y r o rich hist History (and chilies) spice up Tumacacori


he rural hamlet of Tumacacori, east of Interstate 19 between Tubac and Rio Rico, draws visitors who enjoy rich history and spicy chilies. •Tumacacori National Historical Park brings the storied past to life at the site of a Spanish mission dating from the late 1600s. It was first established by renowned Jesuit priest Eusebio Francisco Kino. Franciscan missionaries, who succeeded the Jesuits, started work in about 1800 on the church that still stands. Guests can stroll by the church, through a visitors’ center at the park, a shady garden and more. Special events include guided tours fall through spring, and a multicultural fiesta in early December. This national park is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except for Christmas and Thanksgiving. Phone 520-398-2341. •Across the street from the mission is the popular Santa Cruz Chili & Spice Co., a family-owned business that features fine chili sauces and



pastes, a wide variety of gourmet Southwestern foods, cookbooks and a large selection of spices and herbs. Visitors are invited to see the artifacts in the small museum, sample some chili products, find a certain spice, or just soak up the rich history and heritage of this mesmerizing land. Phone 520-398-2591 or visit

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tubac y r o t s i h d n a t r a Charming blend of art, history in Tubac


distinctive mix of art and history creates an enchanting ambiance in the village of Tubac, which dates back to 1752. This small community is home to many artists, and fall through spring are peak times for visitors to enjoy an adventure here. This charming shopping destination is designed with a compact layout that encourages leisurely strolling among captivating galleries featuring jewelry, paintings, pottery and more. •The popular Tubac Festival of the Arts, one of the oldest outdoor art festivals in Arizona, takes place Feb. 10-14, 2010. This is the major event of the year as Tubac showcases the work of many visiting artisans and musicians from around the United States and Canada.

•One of the best places to delve into the area’s fascinating history is the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, which includes an 1885 schoolhouse, archaeological remnants from the 1700s, a restored Mexican-style row house, and a history museum with American Indian and Spanish artifacts. •The Tubac Center of the Arts features seasonal juried exhibits in three connected galler-



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ikers, birdwatchers, cyclists and horseback riders are drawn to Amado’s rural lifestyle and striking scenery at the foot of the picturesque Santa Rita Mountains. Once a halfway station along a stage route from Nogales to Arivaca to Tucson, the community south of Green Valley today is a mix of ranches, farms, family homes and modern shops, restaurants and overnight accommodations. Visit fine restaurants, small speciality shops, bed and breakfasts, a resort, a health spa and a you-pick farm—all of which make Amado a popular getaway for visitors and residents alike.



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• The renowned Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory is atop nearby Mount Hopkins, the second highest peak in the Santa Rita Mountains. The visitor center is off Interstate 19 via the Canoa Road exit. Daytime tours from the visitor center up to the observatory are available from early spring to late fall. For reservations, phone 520-670-5707. More information is available at facilities/flow/. Visitor center hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. • The 63-acre Agua Linda Farm offers special events as well as you-pick opportunities through much of the year, with food grown there for sale at the farm stand. The owners pride themselves on not using any chemical fertilizers or herbicide on their crops. • For more information, go to www.toursantacruz. com/amado.asp or stop in at the visitor’s center at Kristofer’s Bistro at the Amado Territory Ranch.

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hose who enjoy friendly neighbors and a small-town ambiance — combined with such amenities as shops, restaurants, hotels, and cultural and recreational activities — will feel right at home in Green Valley. This nationally known retirement community provides all that in a scenic setting at the foot of the towering Santa Rita Mountains. Plus, bustling city life is only 23 miles north in Tucson. •The Green Valley Sahuarita Chamber of Commerce has a membership roster of about 600 businesses and is also an officially designated Tourism Information Center for the Arizona Office of Tourism. When you’re in the area, stop by the Chamber office at 275 W. Continental Road, Suite 123. You’ll find plenty of information about places to go and things to see and do in Green Valley, Sahuarita and the surrounding area. Phone 520-625-7575 or 800-858-5872. Online at •Travelers will find excellent accommodations, with several hotels/inns within Green Valley and resorts, guest ranches, lodges and bed and breakfasts in the surrounding area.




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reat weather, fabulous scenery and a wealth of courses make Southern Arizona a paradise for golfers. More than 60 courses — from the Mexican border to the Santa Catalina Mountains at Tucson’s north end — offer a year-round array of choices for those devoted to the game. From luxury resort settings to municipal and neighborhood links, beginners, pros and those in between will find traditional layouts and true desert challenges. Check out details and rates at or on the courses’ own individual Web sites. •Green Valley/Sahuarita courses at Haven, Tortuga (executive), Canoa Hills, Canoa Ranch, San Ignacio, Quail Creek and Torres Blancas attract senior golfers from the local retirement communities, along with those lured to this quiet small-town setting at a little higher elevation than Tucson. •Other Santa Cruz Valley courses include the Santa Rita Golf Club east of Sahuarita; the scenic Tubac Golf Resort just north of the historic village of Tubac; Esplendor, a Robert Trent course at



s k n i l e h t on Rio Rico; and in Nogales, Kino Springs and Palo Duro Creek. •Tucson city courses include Randolph, Del Urich, Dorado, El Rio, Fred Enke and Silverbell. The Old Pueblo area also is home to courses at Saddlebrook, Vistoso, El Conquistador, Heritage Highlands, Continental Ranch, Raven, Dove Mountain, Stone Canyon, Omni, Arizona National, Westin La Paloma, Skyline, Loews Ventana Canyon, Forty-Niner, Oro Valley, Starr Pass, Mountain View, Sun City Vistoso and Quail Canyon.



madera canyon t h g i l e d t n a d ver Sky island is a verdant delight for hikers and birders


he forested sky island of Madera Canyon is one of the most beloved outdoor locales in Southern Arizona. Tucked into the western flank of the beautiful Santa Rita Mountains, the canyon attracts throughout the year birding enthusiasts from around the world, hikers of all ages and abilities, plus picnickers, campers and sight-seers. A paved two-lane road winds its way up from the desert floor to about 6,000 feet in elevation, where well-used and relatively steep trails climb the slopes of Mount Wrightson all the way to its bare and rocky peak at 9,453 feet, the highest point in the Santa Ritas.



•Hiking trails include the fairly steep, 10.8-mile round- trip Old Baldy Trail, the most popular route to the top; the more gradual, 16-mile round-trip Super Trail; the 4.4-mile one-way Nature Trail, strenuous but with great views of the entire canyon. A trail map is available at any of the lodges in the canyon, or you can get one at the welcome station at the canyon’s entrance when it is open. •Madera Canyon is an extremely popular day-use area with three developed picnic areas, all with tables, bathrooms and charcoal grills. The Bog Springs Campground has sites for $10 a night year-round. •The U.S. Forest Service charges a $5 per car user fee, or you can purchase a $20 annual pass. •Three lodges welcome visitors year-round: Santa Rita Lodge (520-625-8746,, offering casitas and freestanding cabins with private decks; the A-framed Madera Kubo (520-625-2908,, which has four cozy cabins and a gift shop; the Chuparosa Inn (520-393-7370,, with three beautiful rooms, a great bird-watching area, a barbecue and friendly hosts.

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hreading its way through the Santa Cruz Valley is a scenic portion of the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail, which traces the route the Basque explorer took in 1776 while leading some 240 immigrants west to Alta California to establish a presidio and settlement. The Anza Trail will eventually run from Culiacan, Mexico to San Francisco, about 1,200 miles over mostly rugged and arid territory. For hikers, bicyclists and equestrians: •A 5.2-mile section in the Canoa Ranch area, just south of Green Valley, begins east of Interstate 19 on Elephant Head Road near the Santa Cruz River. The trail here is a packed surface for foot and bicycle traffic. Equestrians can use the river wash so as not to damage the trail. •A rather lush, 3.5-mile section follows the river from the presidio at Tubac to the mission at Tumacacori. This is one of the more popular hikes in the Santa Cruz Valley and can be picked up at well-marked trailheads at the mission and the presidio. Hikers and horseback riders are likely to see the left-behind evidence of illegal immigration along the trail, and the river itself flows with reclaimed wastewater. Still, it’s a beautiful route, and this mostly flat, easy trail is a great option for families. •A five-mile one-way stretch of the trail near Rio Rico follows the river and winds through mesquite forests. Take Interstate 19 exit 17, Rio Rico/Yavapai Drive. Cross the river to the east, then turn left onto a gravel road and look for the trailhead sign.



on the trail of history •A seven-mile, mostly paved section of the Anza Trail runs near downtown Tucson, along the dry Santa Cruz River bed from West Silverlake Road to Columbus Park. Another 1.5-mile stretch runs between Ajo Way and Irvington Road. Both are open to foot and bicycle traffic.



buenos aires n e v wildlife ha Buenos Aires refuge is a wildlife haven


iles of undeveloped grasslands are home to an alluring mix of fauna at the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge, southwest of Green Valley in the Altar Valley. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages this 118,800-acre reserve that includes roads, trails and campsites to help visitors get to the heart of this scenic outdoor treasure. The best areas to visit: •An easily accessible boardwalk that wanders through a cienega just east of the village of Arivaca. It’s a birdwatchers’ delight. •Refuge headquarters are just east of State Route 286. Take I-19 south to Arivaca Junction, take Arivaca Road southeast past the village of Arivaca and continue about 10 to 15 miles. Exhibits explain much of the refuge, and a ranger or two often are on hand to answer questions. Open daily 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. The visitor center also is closed weekends from June 1 to Aug. 15. •A dominant landmark is Baboquivari Peak, a 7,734-foot monolithic mountain that’s near the refuge on the tribal lands of the Tohono O’odham people. It’s a centerpiece of the Altar Valley and a sacred place to tribal members. •Brown Canyon on the northwest side of the refuge is another great place to view flora and fauna. It’s open to groups and visitors for a fee, and experts lead the trips. Call refuge headquarters at (520) 823-4251 to make reservations. •The southern boundary of the Buenos Aires is the Mexican border, and a small part of the United States side is closed to traffic due to security efforts to stop illegal immigrants and smugglers.




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in astonishingly natural settings, while intriguing and instructing them with fascinating educational programs. Almost two miles of paths traverse 21 acres of the Sonoran Desert. Visitors can enjoy a self-guided tour of the grounds or join in bird walks, animal demonstrations or interpretive tours of raptors, saguaros and more that are offered daily. More than 300 species of animals and more than 1,200 kinds of plants are exhibited in settings designed to be part zoo, part natural history museum and part botanical garden. 520-883-2702, www.desertmuseum. org. •The charm and charisma is unmistakable in Bisbee, a quaint former copper mining town that at one time was one of the world’s richest mineral sites. Today, this mile-high community in Southeastern Arizona features a colorful history and a thriving arts scene. For a real underground mining experience, don a hard hat and board the single-gauge railroad that takes passengers 1,800 feet back into the Copper Queen Mine and 100 years back into Bisbee’s history. To experience turn-of-the century Bisbee at its best, dine or spend the night at the handsome Copper


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Queen Hotel built in 1902 or at one of the comfortable bed-and-breakfast inns in the Old Bisbee neighborhood. And be sure to spend some time browsing through the local museums, art galleries and gift shops throughout downtown Bisbee. 520-432-5421, toll-free at 1-877-424-7234, •An underground tour at Kartchner Caverns State Park, 12 miles south of Benson in Cochise County, truly is a spectacular adventure. Kept secret since its discovery in 1974, Kartchner Caverns was announced to the world in 1988 by the Arizona State Parks, which spent years to develop the traveled portions of the cave and install air locks that trap humidity inside. Inside this treasure are stalactites, needle quartz formations, totems and more. You’ll find one of the world’s largest soda straw stalactites. Still pristine, this massive limestone cave has 13,000 feet of

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passages and two rooms as long as football fields. The 23,000-square-foot Discovery Center houses world-class exhibits including a replica of the cave, a large gift shop, regional and interactive displays and educational information. Other park features include a picnic area, shaded dining area, vending area, amphitheater, hummingbird garden, hiking trails and campgrounds. The Rotunda/Throne Tours are available year-round. The park also offers a Big Room Tour part of the year. 520-586-4100, For reservations, 520-586-2283. •A spiritual and historical ambiance fills the beautiful Mission San Xavier Del Bac, the “white dove of the desert” along the Santa Cruz River south of Tucson and north of Sahuarita. It brings together Pima Indian spirituality and Spanish colonial Christianity, symbolizing the continuity and depth of the region’s cultural heritage. This Mexican Baroque adobe structure was completed about 1797. There

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is no other artistic or architectural equivalent in the United States. The third church on the site, the mission is one of a chain of 21 envisioned by famous Jesuit missionary Eusebio Francisco Kino. The mission is part of an active Catholic parish on the Tohono O’odham Nation. It is off Interstate 19 at exit 92. It is open for viewing daily, as are the gift shop and a free museum. 520-294-2624, •Old Tucson Studios is where the West was filmed. From movie heroes like John Wayne to current boxoffice stars such as Harrison Ford, many of Hollywood’s legends have walked these rugged streets, the setting for hundreds of major motion pictures. This Western theme park and movie studio offers re-enactments of Old West gunfights and stunts, musical revues, special events, gift shops, and food and beverages. Don’t miss Old Tucson Studios’ Reno locomotive. Proudly stationed at the north end of town, the Reno has more than 100 film and television credits. 520-883-0100, •Tombstone, called “the town too tough to die,” is recognized internationally as the site of the infamous shoot-out at the O.K. Corral. Visitors flock to this Old West locale to see gunfight re-enactments, walk among the headstones at the Boothill Cemetery, view the Birdcage Theater museum and take a stagecoach ride through town. Along the wooden boardwalks on Allen Street are a variety of curio and gift shops, antiques, clothing and restaurants and bars, including the Crystal Palace Saloon. History is the focus at such sites as the Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park, the Tombstone Epitaph Museum and the Rose Tree Museum. 888-457-3929,



•Affectionately called the “Old Pueblo” by its residents, Tucson is one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the nation. With more than 750,000 residents, it is Arizona’s second-largest city and home to the University of Arizona, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, much Old West history and amazing natural scenery. Tucson also is known for its abundance of sunshine, making the area perfect for hiking, biking, swimming, tennis, horseback riding and golf. The city also hosts several respected opera and theatre companies; a mix of drama, comedy, song and dance venues; and a downtown crowded with art galleries. Metropolitan Tucson Convention and Visitors Bureau: 520-624-1817, 1-888-2-TUCSON or





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ere are some of the wonderfully entertaining offerings coming up in Southern Arizona. Choose from music, dance, living history, classic cars and more!

December 2009 A Winter Wonderland of Great Music Green Valley Concert Band performs Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. at Sahuarita School District Auditorium. 520-300-6265. Green Valley Chamber Music Society Musical program Dec. 14 at 9:45 a.m. at St. Francis Episcopal Parish Hall in Green Valley. 520625-1370. Songs for the Season The Green Valley Community Chorus marks its 35th season with a holiday concert Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 15 at 4:30 p.m. Valley Presbyterian Church in Green Valley. 520-648-7317. Happy Holidays with the TSO The Tucson Symphony Orchestra Pops entertains at the GVR West Center in Green Valley on Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. 520-625-3440. Sons of Orpheus Performance Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. at Community Performing Arts Center in Green Valley. 520-399-1750. Winter Festival Catch the holiday spirit on Dec. 19 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Sahuarita Lake Park. The town of Sahuarita and Rancho Sahuarita present Santa and Mrs. Claus, elves, an ice rink, a train, roaming Christmas carolers and luminaries. 520-822-8896.



Nogales Christmas Parade & Annual Christmas Tree Lighting An all-day festival featuring Santa Claus and his reindeer, a children’s parade and the lighting of a 30-foot Christmas tree. Nogales Chamber of Commerce, 520-287-3685.

January 2010 Living History Tour Tumacacori National Historical Park hosts tour at Tumacacori, Calabazas and Guevavi sites on Jan. 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $38 per person by advanced reservation with Spirit Steps Tours, 29 Tubac Plaza, 520398-2655, 866-508-0094. Big Band Sounds of Green Valley Performs Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. at GVR West Center in Green Valley, 520-625-3440. Santa Cruz Valley Car Nuts Car Show Vintage cars by the dozens are a highlight of this popular, annual show at the Tubac Golf Resort on Jan. 23. 520-648-7029. Santa Cruz River Band Performs Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. and the GVR West Center in Green Valley. 520-625-3440.



An Evening with Liz Callaway Comes to the GVR West Center in Green Valley Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. 520-625-3440. Giacomo Puccini’s “La Boheme” Opera preview at Community Performing Arts Center in Green Valley on Jan. 29 at 2 p.m. 520-399-1750. Southwestern Spectacular Green Valley Concert Band performs Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. at Sahuarita School District Auditorium. 520300-6265.

February 2010 Living History Tour Tumacacori National Historical Park hosts tour at Tumacacori, Calabazas and Guevavi sites on Feb. 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $38 per person by advanced reservation with Spirit Steps Tours, 29 Tubac Plaza, 520-3982655, 866-508-0094. Spring Follies Annual dance extravaganza takes the stage Feb. 9-11 at the GVR West Center in Green Valley. 7 p.m. on Feb. 9 & 11, and 2 p.m. on Feb. 10. 520-625-3440.





Tubac Festival of the Arts Tubac’s major event of the year showcases the work of hundreds of visiting artists, artisans and musicians from around the country and Canada. Painting, sculptures, jewelry, music, food court and more. Feb. 10-14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 520-398-2704. Bavarian Brass Band Entertains Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. at GVR West Center in Green Valley. 520-625-3440. Flute, Violin, Harp Trio Recital Performance on Feb. 28 at 2 p.m. at Community Performing Arts Center in Green Valley. 520-399-1750.

March 2010 Stories of Luck Teller of Tales Storytellers entertain March 5 at 3 p.m. at Joyner-Green Valley Public Library. 520-594-5295.


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Hot Jazz & Cool Classics Green Valley Concert Band performs March 9 at 7 p.m. at Sahuarita High School Auditorium. 520-625-3502. “GIGI” Valley Players present this classic Broadway stage production at GVR’s West Center in Green Valley. March 10-13 at 7 p.m. and March 14 at 2 p.m. 520-625-3440. Living History Tour Tumacacori National Historical Park hosts tour at Tumacacori, Calabazas and Guevavi sites on March 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $38 per person by advanced reservation with Spirit Steps Tours, 29 Tubac Plaza, 520-398-2655, 866-508-0094. Green Valley Stage Band Performs March 18 at 7 p.m. at GVR West Center in Green Valley. 520-625-3440. Joey & Regina with Big Band Express Musical entertainment March 23 at 7 p.m. at GVR West Center in Green Valley. 520-625-3440. Spring Concert Green Valley Community Church members perform March 22 at 7 p.m. and March 23 at 2 p.m. at Valley Presbyterian Church in Green Valley. 520-625-4712. The Doo-Wah Riders Perform March 25 at 7 p.m. at GVR West Center in Green Valley. 520-625-3440. ArtWalk Visitors are invited to explore the local working studios that Tubac is renowned for. March 27-28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 520-398-2704. POPS Parade Tucson Symphony Orchestra performs March 30 at 7 p.m. at GVR West Center in Green Valley. 520-625-3440. Mariachi Festival Live Mariachi music at Patagonia Lake State Park with great food. Call Patagonia Lake State Park, 520-287-6965, for date and time, or visit

April 2010 Taste of Tubac Fine restaurants come together on April 3 to create a feast that celebrates all of Tubac’s fine dining. 520-398-2704.



Swing Fever Performs April 6 at 7 p.m. at GVR West Center in Green Valley. 520-625-3440. Living History Tour Tumacacori National Historical Park hosts tour at Tumacacori, Calabazas and Guevavi sites on April 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $38 per person by advanced reservation with Spirit Steps Tours, 29 Tubac Plaza, 520-3982655, 866-508-0094. Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville” Opera preview on April 13 at 2 p.m. at Community Performing Arts Center in Green Valley. 520-399-1750. Brass Quintet Recital Performance on April 25 at 2 p.m. at Community Performing Arts Center in Green Valley. 520-399-1750. Spring Festival An afternoon of family fun featuring an Easter egg hunt, music, carnival games, dance performances, jumping castles, food and drink at Anamax Park, sponsored by the town of Sahuarita. Phone 520-822-8896 for date and time.



Blessing of the Vineyards The oldest wine festival in Arizona features tours of Sonoita Vineyards in Elgin. For date and time, 520455-5893 or Santa Cruz County Horse Races Thoroughbred and quarter horse racing at the Sonoita Fairgrounds. Community fair and exhibition, live entertainment. For dates and time, 520-455-5553 or Charles Mingus Jazz Festival Features regional jazz, great food, entertainment and fun in Nogales, Ariz. Phone Nogales-Santa Cruz County Chamber of Commerce, 520-287-3685, for date and time.

May 2010 Fiestas de Mayo Live music, games, art exhibitions, great Mexican food at Fleischer Park in Nogales, Ariz. Phone Nogales-Santa Cruz County Chamber of Commerce, 520-287-3685, for date and time. Alpaca Shearing Day & Fiber Festival Shearing, spinning and weaving demonstrations at the Heartland Ranch in El-





gin. For date and time, phone 520-455-5701 or visit Fiestas de Mayo In Nogales, Sonora. Phone 011-52-631-31-2-0203 or 011-52-631-31-2-48-55.

June 2010 Sonoita Quarter Horse Show Oldest Quarter Horse show in the nation at Sonoita Fairgrounds. For dates and time, phone the fairgrounds, 520-455-5553, or visit

July 2010 Fourth of July Celebration Tubac offers old-fashioned games for the kids and fireworks at the Tubac Golf Resort on July 4. 520398-2704 or



July 4th celebrations Food, games, entertainment and fireworks at Fleischer Park in Nogales, Ariz., from 4 p.m. to midnight. City of Nogales, 520-287-6571.

August 2010 Blessing of the Harvest Celebrating the grape harvest in Elgin. $10 admission for wine tasting, souvenir glass, winery and vineyard tours, live music, dancing, grape stomping contest. Lunch may be purchased on site. 520-4555893 or

September 2010 Sonoita Rodeo Rodeo, steak fry and dance Labor Day weekend at Sonoita Fairgrounds. For times, 520-455-5553 or

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Fiesta Sahuarita Live music, entertainment, games, food, booths at Anamax Park, celebrating Sahuarita’s incorporation in 1994. Sahuarita Parks & Recreation, 520-822-8890. Santa Cruz County Fair 4-H auction, open exhibits, carnival, vendors, school exhibits and family entertainment during the last weekend in September at Sonoita Fairgrounds. 520-455-5553 or Fiestas Patrias At Fleischer Park in Nogales, Ariz. For date and time, phone Nogales-Santa Cruz County Chamber of Commerce, (520) 287-3685.

October 2010 Patagonia Fall Festival More than 150 arts, crafts and specialty food booths from around the Southwest with great entertainment in Patagonia’s Town Park. Second weekend in October. Patagonia Visitor Information, 520-3940060, (888) 794-0060 or Anza Days Celebration Honoring Juan Bautista de Anza and the heritage of Tubac at the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park. Tubac Chamber of Commerce, 520-398-2704,



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‘Amelia’ a treat for pilots Sahuarita clamps down on illegal signs By Philip Franchine

Women enjoy new movie on Earhart aviaelected president was By Ellen Sussman tor Amelia Earhart. Special to the Green Valley News In Tucson, “Amelia” screened Wednesday evening Two days before “Ame- at the Century El Con Thenaof local lia” opened in theaters screen- ater and a contingent chaptionwide, preview Tucson the members of the and their ings were held across of ter of Ninety-Nines country for members an guests attended. The Ninety-Nines Inc., Earhart, who captured pination in international women’s first the heart of the lot organization whose

the the mid-1930s, is among permost famous missing 40, she sons of all time. At and navigator Fred Noonan circle were attempting to plane the globe when their 1937, disappeared July 2, over the Pacific Ocean. gover nment The search launched the greatest avail. no to in history

than 100 illegally placed home to show their locations on part of builders’ signs, Town the community’s deciPlan- kiosk signs that list a num- sion to preserve Drive around Sahuarita ning and Zoning Director ber of builders, and enhance Sarah S. More said. A but town the natural, on the weekend and Quail code does not scenic desert enyou’ll Creek resident allow for in- vironment said he count- dividual see that signs are of the area,” the Learn more as we share every- ed about 120 each on two sepa- builders signs away from a letter continued. where — so many that stories of “Hometown Hesite, More said. resi- rate weekends before that. The letter said, “While dents have complained roes” from across Southern “The Town of Sahuarita’s and More has sent a letter we understand the town officials are planning Arizona next month. need to to home builders advising Planning and Zoning Depart- advertise, a crackdown. particularly in ment has received complaints this difficult economy, The signs include scores them that if they do not from residents offof the pull | SPECIAL THE GREEN VALLEY NEWS the TOroadside of home builders’ signs ELLEN SUSSMAN signs, garding the posting Town re- site signs are nevertheless “Amelia” — the film ille“staff of direc- illegal.” Ninetyof conductwillchapter begin emy gally placed on the the Tucson members ofing tional (arrow) signs roadside T wo - t i m e A c a d THE FILM last week, weekend AFTER lobby. sweeps Residents and members on most in the theater and is- signs advertising and other weekends, wellof “Amelia” around aasposter suing fines to violators. new home of the Nines as congregated town council and a scattering of signs The sales,” the letter SEE AMELIA, PAGE A8 for minimum fine read. “These planning imposed by ‘bandit other businesses, churches commission have signs’ are not in comthe hearing officer complained about the and sports leagues. for vio- pliance with signs. the Town’s Zonlation of the sign code “It’s a beautiful place. Town staff did a count is $50 ing Code. This on a per violation per code provides This day.” is recent weekend and saw a community a framework of comprehenvalue. more The town allows builders DAN SHEARER | THE SAHUARITA SUN HOME BUILDERS say they’re sive sign standards and at a disadvantage if they pull is a SEE SIGNS, PAGE A9 signs and competitors don’t. their

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By Philip Franchine Sharpe said the property called Sahuarita Mission, , is Dick Kamp under Pima County RanchoBy jurisSahuarita has Liaison Valley, a diction Meeting andinisGreen zoned Rural 457-acre Wick Communications propertyEnvironmental at Mission Homestead. Page A4 Road and Helmet Peak Road Rancho Sahuarita high-level Departup forA sale. in September made Agriculture offiEnvironrequest Ament largeof Resources andathe sign a day public theofwest to amend capped on the town a decision sidecial General on said of Mission of the says a tour andRoad Planment, as for 462-acre could meetings “terms site atcome the available” and listsmine thataquestion same intersection of next proposed Jeremy SharpeRosemont that could as the middle and Sharpe by saying pave early the site on Saturday & Associates year.way for annexation as contacts. will look hard to the town, shoot for the agency but the town Sharpe, “We wouldn’t the son the of Rancho U.S. Forest Planning and Zoning didn’t we at whether if Sahuarita timeline Comdeveloper to that Bob mission has the authority it,” he by awe Service 2-to-2 could Sharpe, votedodid said the entire propthink not give a mine. its recommendaerty isreject available and Deputy UnJay Jensen, has a tion. guaranteed SEE ROSEMONT, PAGE A4 100-year water Natural The request was for Secretary for supplyder through a the Sahuarita Water Co. SEE FOR SALE, PAGE A9


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Painless bee removal helps family, hive By Jaime Richardson


hen Rancho Sahuarita residents first eyed the large, dark splotch in the mesquite tree in their front yard, they thought a garbage bag had gotten stuck in the branches. After a closer look, they were surprised to see thousands of bees swar ming around a chunk of honeycomb the size of a basketball. T hat’s when the Hawkins family, who live in the Entrada Bonita subdivision sea h d

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