is located in Santa Cruz, County and has a population of less than
300, so don't go too fast as you pass the two exits on I-19. It
is primarily rural ranch land. At
one time it was a "Halfway Station" within a stagecoach
route from Nogales to Arivaca to Tucson. It is a
great place to stay while you explore the Santa Rita Mountains and
the Santa Cruz Valley.
Just off I-19, is The
Amado Territory Inn which is part of the Amado
Territory Ranch. Within the Amado
Territory Ranch are restaurants, studios, and shops.
Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory is also located in Amado.
It is the largest field installation of the Smithsonian Institution
(SAO) outside Cambridge. One of it's several telescopes is the 6.5
meter mirror telescope, which is a joint facility operated with
the University of Arizona.
You will find a print and gift shop, Buffalo
Son, and a Catholic Church on Amado-Montosa Road.
At the end of Amado-Montosa Road is the main entrance to the Santa
Cruz Chile & Spice Company, though its store
is south in Tumacacori.
Other places to stay include the Rex
Ranch Resort & Spa. Enjoy the ease and speed of their wireless
Internet service. Imagine sitting atop the bluff overlooking
and the Santa Cruz River Valley sipping your coffee
and reading your email.
Don't forget to get a bite to eat at the Cow
Palace Restaurant, or the Longhorn Grill (the place with
the big longhorn skull). The Cow Palace was built upon the
site of an old general store in the days of Otho Kinsley. Kinsley
established the Kinsley Ranch in 1920 and became famous for furnishing
bucking horses and Brahma bulls to the now famous Fiesta
de Los Vaqueros Rodeo.
Also consider visiting Agua
Linda Farm. The Agua Linda is a 63 acre organic vegetable
farm. They open their gates to the public annually with a pumpkin
festival, (October) a Garlic & Onion Festival (June) and do
Dinners on the Farm highlighting the areas freshest produce and
local meats. They also have educational tours and tours of the historic
hacienda by appointment.
Thanks for Visiting
Pictures/Photos of Amado, AZ
A Visitors Guide to Arizona's Santa Cruz Valley