Patagonia, Arizona: Let’s ride to the Mexican Border & Beyond!

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“Patagonia is a town in Santa Cruz County, Arizona, United States. As of the 2010 census Patagonia had a population of 913. Patagonia developed in the mid-19th century as a trading and supply center for nearby mines and ranches. In the 21st century, it is a tourist destination, retirement community, and arts and crafts center.” –

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The town is located in the valley of Sonoita Creek between the Santa Rita Mountains to the north and the Patagonia Mountains to the south. State Route 82 passes through the town. Nogales lies to the southwest and Sonoita to the northeast.

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JOM’s bike on the USA / Mexico Border

The former mining camps (now ghost towns) of Harshaw, Duquesne, and Lochiel lie to the southeast along the eastern margin of the Patagonia Mountains. The high San Rafael Valley also lies to the southeast. Patagonia Lake State Park, around Patagonia Lake, lies about six miles southwest of the town..

Ride Experience Video

In this video, JOM of the Gravel Cyclist crew conducts a tour of downtown Patagonia, before venturing out for a ride of approximately 50 miles taking in the San Rafael Valley, including a visit to the Mexican border. JOM has a chance meeting with Zander Ault of The Cyclist’s Menu ( / The Gravel House ( during his ride. Zander is also promoter of The Spirit World 100 gravel cycling event (

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Heaps more ride experience videos in the hopper, watch this space!

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  1. Avatar Jim

    Thanks, great video. I really enjoyed this.

    • JOM JOM

      You are welcome! I have more videos coming from New Mexico, the Hill Country of Texas and more.

  2. Hi JOM, We just missed you in Patagonia and on the roads in and around the San Rafael Valley. Spent 7 days riding gravel, Feb 27 to March 5 with rides ranging from 35 to 65 miles. Amazing place! We hear that the pale yellow grass of the valley that you see in your video is a vibrant green in the summer and early fall. Gotta come back!

  3. Avatar Robert Trombley

    Great video and chock full of information!! Will be riding there tomorrow!!

  4. Avatar Evan Gossell

    Group ride, anyone?

  5. Avatar Chuck

    Great video. I enjoyed seeing some southwestern scenery

  6. Avatar RCK

    It’d be cool to ride this someday. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Avatar craig wohlschlaeger

    Awesome video!

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