Patagonia Things to Do

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    Mesquite Grove Gallery

    by Africancrab Written Mar 24, 2013
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    I'm an art collector and do enjoy visiting galleries in different destinations I travel to. While in Patagonia recently, I made a stop at the Mesquite Gallery. I was attracted by the art pieces in the compound and the 300 year old Oak tree in the yard. The Gallery is unique with unique pieces. I did not buy anything though as I was on my way to Patagonia Lake and did not want to have a pricey art piece in my car.

    The gallery features different local artists and exhibits some fine sculptures, paintings, pottery and even jewelry. The home that houses the gallery is a historic adobe home. There is a tourist cottage in the home that one can rent while in Patagonia.
    I definitely recommend a stop here if you find yourself in Patagonia.

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    Patagonia Butterfly Garden

    by Africancrab Written Mar 24, 2013
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    Well known by Birdwatchers as a destination of choice, Patagonia is also known for having different species of butterflies. During warmers months different species of butterflies migrate to Patagonia, so the city has dedicated a garden to the colorful butterflies. The garden was started in 1996 by a group of volunteers who fund raised from the locals to get the garden started.

    The Butterfly garden is a great stop in Patagonia. My daughter loves butterflies, always has since she was a little girl. We did not take much time to see the butterflies because she was eager to go to the park with her brother.

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    Patagonia Memorial Garden

    by Africancrab Written Mar 24, 2013
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    Located right at the Patagonia city center, across from Gathering Grounds Cafe is the Patagonia Memorial Garden. It is a very small garden with a few desert plants and a bench dedicated to Goldie Crossett. The garden is dedicated to all citizens of Patagonia and Sonoita Valley

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    John Ward's Ranch Historic Site

    by Africancrab Written Mar 24, 2013
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    Right below the Telles Family Shrine is a Historic Site Plaque. The Plaque is of John Ward's ranch; a pioneer rancher who established a ranch here in 1858. On the plaque is a summary history of what took place on the ranch including the kidnapping of Ward's step son by Apache Indians. The conflict between the Indians led to the infamous conflict between the Cochise Indians and Lt. Bascom.

    The history is interesting. If you stop by the Shrine, you will not miss the plaque. It is on a huge boulder and in blue.

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    Telles Family Shrine

    by Africancrab Updated Mar 24, 2013
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    There are many roadside Shrines in Arizona. The Shrines are not tourist attractions but rather religious sites and should be respected as such. As you leave Patagonia city center and head towards Nogales on Highway 82, there is a shrine to the left etched into the rock. There are stairs that take you up to the actual site.

    This shrine was erected by the Telles family (Juanita & Juan) to honor a vow they made to God for the safe return of their sons who had gone off to war. The Shrine building began in 191 and was re-dedicated in 1988

    When I visited, there were fresh flowers and candles burning. Do burn a candle if you find one or leave a flower. It is interesting to see.

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    Paton's Hummingbird Haven

    by Africancrab Written Mar 22, 2013

    When one talks of bird watcher's paradise, this place is worth mentioning. So many birds and quite a bird genius guide to help you understand the birds here. I got into liking hummingbirds because my friend Judy is such a hummingbird lover and I got hooked just like that. They are such small birds and it seems they are continuously flapping their little wings.

    The bird genius I'm referring to is Larry the homeowner of the bird haven. They have a great collection of chairs for visitors to sit on to learn and watch the birds. I was taken in, and I'm not even a bird watcher per say. I saw the Violet-crowned hummingbird, they are quite many at the house.

    Paton's house is still one of the best place for the hummers in Arizona and US at large. Morning hours are the best from what Larry says. They take donations, please do not forget to leave a donation if you visit.

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    Hiking Santa Rita Mountain Trail

    by Africancrab Written Mar 22, 2013

    I'm an avid hiker, so naturally I look for trails and destinations to hike. This is one of my favorite trails this side of Arizona. The views are breathtaking and terrain is wonderful. Located along Gardner Canyon Road to Rock Creek Canyon. I have hiked from the Southern trailhead which starts at Gardner Canyon road and goes up yo Kentucky camp. There is quite an elevation climb so it is not a beginners hike. It is intermediate/ advanced hiking

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    Sonoita Creek state Natural Area

    by Africancrab Written Mar 22, 2013
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    It is right next to the Patagonia Lake State park and within hiking distance. For the nature lover, this is a great place to see nature; the Humming birds, the endangered Gila Topminnow and rare birds. It has great hiking trails as well as horse trails. Its semi desert grassland makes for a perfect hiking terrain

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    Patagonia Public Library

    by Africancrab Written Mar 22, 2013

    When one travels, sometimes information is necessary and the best place to get it in Patagonia is at the Library or the Visitor Center. The Public library has computers that can be used if one wished to communicate electronically.

    Opened Monday through Friday from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. On Saturdays from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm only.

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    Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve

    by Africancrab Written Mar 22, 2013

    This is a great stop while in Patagonia; even though it says Patagonia - Sonoita, it is really located in Patagonia. Located in the floodplains of the Santa Rita Mountains, in the Sonoita Creek washshed. It contains the first two miles of the Sonoita Creek which flows healthily during the rainy season.

    The reason it was designated a preserve is because it protects the large and rare Freemont Cotton wood trees - the Goodding Riparian Forest. Some of the trees are among the oldest and largest in Arizona measuring as much as 100 feet tall and as old as 130 years.

    The hundreds of visitors to Patagonia make their stop here wishing to experience the rich natural diversity.

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    Patagonia Fall Festival

    by Africancrab Written Mar 22, 2013

    he Busted Cowboys who are the local favorite band played timeless favorites by Hank Williams, Gene Autry and Willie Nelson. This is a no fee event so we did not have a problem walking right in. As we walked the festival grounds, we stopped at many of the art stands especially the Native American ones: I particularly loved the rugs, which cost a fortune, so I could not buy any. I must emphasize the fact that this is a true community celebration that draws hundreds of artists both armature and tenured: the local residents in collaboration with local businesses and non profit organizations come together to bring life and celebrate a community effort. What I could afford that I really loved was the Native American flute and recorded flute music, and an African drum. Shoppers can expect to find a variety of one of a kind items as well as food and drinks.

    Plenty of entertainment for children including dance and face painting. Desire became restless because she saw a long line of children waiting patiently for their faces to be painted. After three stalls we had to stop and join the face paint line because Desire would not let me proceed unless her face was painted. I sat down under a giant cottonwood tree at the end of the line and patiently waited as one child after another jumped up with joy after a glance of the finished product. Desire decided she wanted to be an Indian princess. Her friend Katie joined her but Katie wanted to be a butterfly. It took fifty minutes of wait time but we soon got to the face painter who eagerly charmed the kids with her selection of designs. Neither Desire nor Kate took long choosing their designs, both loved blue the separation was in what hey wanted to be.

    I must admit I was amazed at the artistry the face painter had perfected with her face paint brushes. Take a look at the photos, I took a few.

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    Richardson Park

    by Africancrab Written Mar 22, 2013
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    This is a great park for children and family time. It is right across the street from the main park. I took my daughter there often because she was as pupil at the Patagonia Montessori school.
    It has a sand pit, sitting benches and table, and play sets for the children to play.

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    Bird Watching

    by Africancrab Written Mar 22, 2013

    Bird watching has become one of the most expensive recreational activities internationally; this is because it is a one of a kind thing to do and people who do it invest a lot of time in doing so. There are many species of birds at the Patagonia Lake State Park. It is a bird watchers paradise in Arizona.

    I have seen bird watcher camp at the lake for even years waiting to see for the birds. There is birders trail too, which is quite interesting. I found myself getting drawn in by the beautiful birds here and some in Sierra Vista's San Pedro Riparian.

    Definitely a great place to visit

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    Patagonia Lake

    by Africancrab Written Mar 22, 2013
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    The lake was created as a result of damming of the Sonoita Creek. It measures 250 acres in surface area and two and a half miles long. It is popular for a variety of recreational activities including fishing, water skiing, boating, canoeing, kayaking etc. It is a natural habitat for birds and fish like bluegill, catfish, crappie and trout

    During summer, the lake is a magnet for water sport enthusiasts; the camp grounds around the lake are completely filled. Because of this, the Park restricts water skiing and towing of recreational devices.

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    Patagonia Lake State Park

    by Africancrab Written Mar 22, 2013

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    The Park was established in 1975 and is on of Arizona's hidden treasures. Hidden in the rolling hills it is the idea place for great outdoor recreation for the whole family. The lake provides for water sports, while the extended park offers a campground, that overlooks the lake.

    If you like fishing, you will be delighted to get some trout. The fish in the lake is replenished every three weeks. You are probably wondering why there is need to replenish; this is a man made lake and the reproduction of fish life is not exactly natural. With the amount of activity on the lake, it is necessary to replace the fish.

    I love their picnic grounds, one of my favorite things to do is take the family on picnics and hiking. The park offers picnic areas with ramadas, tables and grill, a beach, boat ramp, trails for hiking, restrooms and showers. Creek trail is my favorite hiking trail.

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