Sonoita hosts an annual rodeo show at the Santa Cruz county fairgrounds. It draws hundreds of visitors and rodeo fans. Besides the annual rodeo, the fair ground is used for horse racing like the labor day races.During the rodeo, not only do you enjoy the race, but the food vendors bring some of the tastiest foods, while other vendors selling rare...more
Camp Crittenden was established on 10 August 1867 to protect the settlements of Sonoita and Babocomari along with the ranches along the Santa Cruz Valley. The camp was abandoned on 1 June 1873. There is an historical plaque commemorating Camp Crittenden near Sonoita along Arizona Highway 82. The scenery along Highway 82 is beautiful.more
If you are in the mood for Italian food while in Sonoita, there is no better place than Viaggio. well it is the only Italian restaurant, so you have just this one choice. You will however not be disappointed as the food is delectable. Since Sonoita has a few vineyards, the restaurant has a great selection of local as well as imported wines. The...more
The Steak Out's reputation preceeds it. People go there expecting heaven and sometimes get disappointed. I can remember only one time that I thought the food was rather mediocre, and that is because they had changed their chief chef. It is definitely a place in the desert to consider if you find yourself in these parts of the woodThe prices are on...more
This is a German owned and run Cafe/ bakery in Sonoita. Great place to have the taste of Germany in the desert, the husband and wife owners take delicate care of their small cafe and prepare the rare taste of German food while complimenting it with great baking. They have a range of whole grain breads and cakes that they bake daily and their sour...more
....I don't think there was more than one resturant. It was a steak house called The Steakout and the meat was delicious. The bar had been decorated with the brands of the local ranches. They had been burned into the walls just like is done to the cattle.
Dress Code: ...like a cowboy, not like a cityboy from Hershey!
....look out for all the critters and insects and vegetation that can ruin your day. I heard all kinds of stories about cactus things that can fall off onto you. The one cowboy told me you always need to carry a comb (even if you have no hair) so you can comb the thistels off of you from any unsuspecting cactus!
...Sonoita is off the beaten path! It's 38 miles from Interstate 10. Lots of wide open spaces with mountains off in the distance. Every few miles another ranch......
Fondest memory: ...well I was out in the middle of nowheres and stopped at a tiny house with my friend to visit a litter of puppies. The guy who lived there proceeded to entertain us with stories of cowboy life. I'd always wondered how you shoot a snake with a pistol with them being so thin. He explains that 'snake shot' is used and that prompted me to ask if he likes to eat the snake meat. Well he says 'I'll be right back' and comes back out with this frozen rattlesnake he just happened to have coiled up in his freezer....said he hadn't found the time to skin him or cook him yet! This thing wasn't even wrapped in anything...just coiled up and frozen in the position it must have been when it met up with the cowboys 'snakeshot'