Located southeast of Tucson in the Coronado National Forest, Patagonia, founded in 1898 as Rollin, is called the jewel of the Sonoita Valley and lies between the Santa Rita and Patagonia mountain ranges. It is a comparatively verdant oasis with grasslands and cottonwoods along the Sonoita Creek. With ranching and mining in the past, the town now has a growing artisan trade with several low key galleries and cafes. Surrounded by the Coronado National Forest and rest-stop on the Arizona Trail, Patagonia is a great base camp for several days of mountain biking. Great rides to explore from town include the Arizona Trail north to Walker Basin on Mt. Wrightson, the Arizona Trail south past ghost towns to Parker Dam, the trails around Patagonia State Park, and FS143 up to the Alto ghost town.
Keep an eye out for jaguars, which have been reported in this area.
Overall, Patagonia is the 17th most popular mountain bike trail of all 103 mountain biking rides in Arizona.