America's Scenic Byways

Patagonia-Sonoita Scenic Road

52.5 miles - Take about 2-4 hours to fully enjoy this byway.

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.