Welcome to Sonoita & Elgin, Arizona

“a short drive from where you are, to where you want to be.”

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The Sonoita / Elgin Arizona Chamber of Commerce invites you to visit the most beautiful and spectacular part of southern Arizona. Located in the heart of Arizona’s Wine Country at a cool elevation of 5,000’, the Sonoita plain is surrounded by breathtaking 9,000’ mountain peaks. Considered high desert grassland, Sonoita is beautiful with rolling hills, lush grasslands, Arizona ash and oak trees, and colorful wildflowers: No cactus here! With summer temperatures in the high 80’s and twenty inches of annual precipitation, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the cool climate change as you climb out of the desert along scenic state Highway 83, just 45 minutes south of greater Tucson.


The communities of Sonoita & Elgin offer a wide variety of things to explore and enjoy:


Taste your way through Award-winning Wineries

Say hello to an Alpaca

Go Horseback Riding

Find treasures in our unique Shopping areas

Dine in one of several fine Restaurants

Relax in a Comfortable Bed & Breakfast, Inn or Guest Ranch

Watch the antics of an array of Wildlife and Birds

Hike your way around the “neighborhood” and capture excellent photos

Scenic bicycling

Nearby fishing and boating lakes

Very friendly people


Sonoita/Elgin is just 45 minutes or less from other activities as well:



Kartchner Caverns

Parker Canyon Lake


Patagonia Lake

Sierra Vista and Fort Huachuca



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About Sonoita and Elgin, Arizona


The communities of Sonoita and Elgin were established in 1882 along the newly developed Santa Fe railroad running the length of Sonoita Creek and extending between the towns of Benson and Nogales. The area was first settled almost a half century earlier due to the vast cattle ranching and mining potential. The Sonoita/Elgin communities were preceded by the establishment of Fort Buchanan and Fort Crittenden. These short-lived forts were founded to protect settlers in the newly occupied region, but were soon abandoned: Fort Buchanan in 1861 due to the outbreak of the civil war (subsequently destroyed to avoid the fort falling into Confederate hands) and Fort Crittenden in 1873, near the close of the Apache Wars. The history of the Sonoita-Elgin Valley goes far beyond the current epoch.


Archaeological evidence has demonstrated ancient occupation of the area as far back as 2000 BC, as well as documented Hohokam, possible Sobaipuri (ancestral relatives to the Pima, Tohono O’odham and Akimel O’odham tribes) and of course the Apache settlements, which was a barrier to new settlement for a number of years. During the 16th and 17th centuries the region saw a new wave of settlement and exploration in the form of Spanish missionaries and explorers, including such important historical figures as Fray Marcos de Niza and Father Eusebio Francisco Kino. Whether searching for gold, scouting a potential mission location, or mapping the unknown, an indelible mark was left by all that have come before, and has added to our colorful history and unique identity. Originally an area devoted primarily to mining and ranching, in more recent years a change has taken place. Although cowboys and miners continue to be a part of our western community, the Sonoita-Elgin Valley has seen a move from traditional ranching to some new avenues of development. The Sonoita-Elgin region now hosts numerous year-round visitors from around the world.  From adventures in outdoor activities like hiking, bird-watching, camping and landscape photography, to enjoyable indoor activities of shopping and wine tasting in friendly award-winning wineries, Sonoita/Elgin offers it all.




Our tasty restaurants and comfortable B&B’s encourage you to stay and explore our community for yourselves.   We have something for everyone.


Stay a while, and enjoy all that our community has to offer.



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