Welcome to the  Mountain Empire Trail Association webpage.

You can find information here such as a map of the trails existing at this time in and around Patagonia, our mission statement, meeting times and locations, and contact information. We hope you’ll get out and enjoy some of the trails, and help us to expand and maintain the system if you can.

Mission Statement:
In cooperation with the Community Coalition of Eastern Santa Cruz County we will develop partnerships to create health, history and nature trails benefiting multiple users. Trails will connect Santa Cruz County towns, schools and businesses to provide a framework for active communities.

At this time there are two official trails in Patagonia:

META partnered with the City of Patagonia, The Nature Conservancy, and Native Seeds S.E.A.R.C.H. to create the Patagonia Train Track Trail. The trail starts at the trailhead sign near the front of the town hall/depot and travels along Hwy. 82 on the sidewalk, toward the post office. There are trail markers composed of brown and white arrows and the PTTT logo. At the post office the current route is to cross the Sonoita Creek Bridge in the bike lane/shoulder. Once across the bridge the trail drops off to the right and becomes a path for the next 2 miles. It crosses San Antonio Road twice, and Sonoita creek twice. All long the way there are trail markers as described above. Please follow the few rules established for this trail, it is crucial to the trails long term sustainability to comply with management decisions made by the private landowners ( T.N.C. and N.S.S. ) who have provided access across their lands.

The Arizona Trail which leads from the Mexican border to the Utah border, passes through Patagonia. The route is from the Trailhead at Harshaw road, following Harshaw rd. to the post office. From the post office, crossing Hwy. 82 and then traveling on the sidewalks Easterly ( toward Sonoita ) to First Avenue. Turning Northerly on First Avenue, the trail follows the road which becomes Gringo Rd.and then Temporal Rd. This road is also known as Forest Road 72 for the entire stretch to the Temporal Trailhead.

At this time two more trails are in progress, one which will connect the Montessori school to the town center, and one which will go from the town center to the Cemetery West of town. We will update this page and the signage in town once these trails come online.

In the long term view we are working on options to add trails connecting Patagonia to Sonoita, and to Rio Rico. It may be possible in the future to travel by trail from Sonoita to the De Anza Trail. Our goal is to create links between existing trails, as well as new stand alone trails to enhance recreational opportunities in the area.

The Mountain Empire Trail Association meets monthly at 10:00 am in the town hall. Meetings are set for the 3rd Tuesday of each month, subject to rescheduling for special events. For further information, to get involved, or to report on trail conditions please contact Betsy McGee at  520-394-2275 or by e-mail at btmcgee40″@”


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