Sonoita is located at the crossroads of US Highways 82 and 83 Southeast of Tucson, Arizona. We are surrounded by rolling, grass-covered hills and enjoy wonderful blue skies and wide-open spaces. Many people say this area “looks like Montana”. Sonoita is a wonderful rural area that provides a quiet and safe lifestyle for visitors and residents alike. Residents are active and involved in their community. There are about 2300 folks living in the Sonoita area.

The settlement of Sonoita was founded when the Santa Fe Railroad built an 88-mile-long line that ran the full length of Sonoita Creek, from Benson to Nogales, in 1882. Walking the elevated berm upon which the Railroad Trail is built is one of the many attractions of the area.

pronghornsupcloseThe Sonoita area 4,970 foot elevation, high-rolling grasslands, surrounded by spectacular mountains and canyons, provide some of Arizona’s most beautiful weather and landscapes. Mt Wrightson, one of the tallest peaks in Arizona, dominates the horizon. Sonoita is high desert country with dry, sunny and warm climate. The temperatures are 10-15 degrees cooler than Tucson. The wonderful climate encourages outdoor activities year-round.

Filmmakers have chosen the charming old west atmosphere and beauty of the Sonoita area for several films including, “Oklahoma”, “Red River”, “Tin Cup”, “The Young Guns”, “The Fantastiks”, “Broken Lance”, “Tom Horn” and television series such as “The Young Riders” and “Gunsmoke”.

sonoitainnSonoita, Arizona’s Wine Country, is home to several wineries that offer some of the best wines found outside of France. These vineyards represent a rapidly growing industry, which began some four decades ago in the Sonoita Valley. Each vineyard produces unique vintages which reflect the personalities and attitudes of their owners, from colorful picnic-style wines to serious award-winning varietals.

You can read more about our wonderful Sonoita area on the Sonoita-Elgin Chamber of Commerce website.

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