Santa Cruz - A Visitors Guide to the Arizona Towns and Cities of Sahuarita, Green Valley, Amado, Tubac, Tumacacori, Rio Rico, Nogales, Patagonia, Sonoita, and Elgin

Bird Watching in Southern Arizona is popular in Santa Cruz CountyAmado , Arizona

Amado, Arizona 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. The Amado Territory Inn - Amado, AZAt 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.

The Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory is also located in Amado. It is the largest field installation of the Smithsonian Institution Astrophysical Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory - Amado, AZObservatory (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 Rex Amado Territory RanchRanch and the Santa Cruz River Valley sipping your coffee and reading your email.

Longhorn Grill in Amado, AZ 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.

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