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Designation: Arizona State Scenic Byway
Fees: There are no fees along the byway proper.
Length, One-Way: 52 Miles (86.67 Kilometers)

General Information

Description - The Patagonia-Sonoita Scenic Road was designated by the Arizona Department of Transportation on September 20, 1985. The road travels through the Santa Cruz River Basin and has semi-arid valleys and narrow canyons separated by mountain ranges rising abruptly from the desert floor. The natural beauty of the Patagonia-Sonoita Scenic Road is evident in the varied scenery as the road winds across the desert floor through rolling hills and surrounding mountain ranges rise to over 9,000 feet. Natural features such as the Patagonia Lake State Park and the Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Sanctuary contribute to the uniqueness of this Sonoran Desert designation.

Attractions - The Patagonia-Sonoita Scenic Road is known for it's Historical, Natural, Recreational and Scenic Attractions.

Location - If traveling from Tucson the byway can be located by traveling south on Interstate Route 19 through Tubac to Nogales. The road picks up on State Route 82. If you are taveling east on Interstate 10 past Tucson, use the south turnoff on the scenic State Route 83 to Sonoita. The road itself begins in Nogales traveling north on S.R. 82 for 27.5 miles and continues north on S.R. 83 from Sonoita for 25 miles.

Directions from : The Scenic Road itself:
Starting from the town of Nogales, the road travels north on S.R. 82 for 27.5 miles, then from Sonoita continues north on S.R. 83 for 25 miles.
How to get to the road:
From Tucson, travel south on Interstate Route 19 through Tubac to Nogales where the scenic road picks up on State Route 82. If traveling east on Interstate Route 10 past Tucson, take the south turnoff on the scenic State Route 83 to Sonoita.

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Filed By: Ahab (Tucson, Az)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Patagonia is a 1960's speed trap town.

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Additional Information:
Arizona Scenic Byways - Arizona offers one National Scenic Byway, the Kaibab Plateau-North Rim Parkway, and 17 state and National Forest designated scenic byways.

Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.


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