Top things to do in Patagonia & The Mountain Empire

Nature Reserve in Patagonia & The Mountain Empire

Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve

A few gentle trails meander through this enchanting riparian willow forest, beloved by twitchers. Managed by the Nature Conservancy, it shelters seven distinct vegetative ecosystems, four endangered species of nativ…
State Park in Patagonia & The Mountain Empire

Patagonia Lake State Park

A brilliant blue blip dolloped into the mountains, 2.5-mile-long Patagonia Lake was formed by the damming of Sonoita Creek. About 7 miles southwest of Patagonia, the lake is open year-round. At 3750ft above sea leve…
Pizza in Patagonia & The Mountain Empire

Velvet Elvis

Yes, a velvet Elvis does indeed hang on the wall at this gourmet pizza joint in Patagonia. Motorcyclists, foreign visitors and date-night couples – everybody visiting the area – roll in at some point for one of the …
Cafe in Patagonia & The Mountain Empire

The Cafe

This cafe east of the Hwy 82/83 junction is a breezy place to nosh after a day of wine tasting, bird-watching or scenic driving. Salads, sandwiches and burgers are on the menu at lunch, with steak and pasta stepping…
Coffee in Patagonia & The Mountain Empire

Gathering Grounds Cafe

Did somebody say breakfast bowl? This baby comes with green chile, cheddar and two eggs atop grilled potatoes, plus meat if ya' want it. Look for wraps and sandwiches at lunch, plus a few heartier mains, like steak …
Bar in Patagonia & The Mountain Empire

Wagon Wheel Saloon

Kick it cowboy-style at the Wagon Wheel, where the bar is big, the ceiling is festooned with wagon wheels and harness and the wildlife is stuffed. It does American breakfast, lunch and dinner too.