Patagonia offers many wonderful activities. If your particular program schedule does not allow enough time to explore the area, you may want to come a few days early or stay a few days late to get a fuller taste of everything the mountain empire has to offer.

For its size, a population of just 800 people, the town boasts a surprising number of excellent offerings including art galleries, a health food store, yoga and pilates studios, and Grayce’s famous Day of the Dead Museum. Take a step back in time and enjoy the peaceful pace of this charming old west mountain town.

Fun, adventure, solitude, and peace can be found all year round here. A famous destination for bird watchers, the pristine environment hosts a great variety of exotic and rare birds throughout the year. Two favorite birding locations are the Nature Conservancy Bird Sanctuary located just a couple miles from the Tree of Life and Patagonia Lake State Park which lies about ten miles south. The lake also makes for a refreshing swim during the warmer months.

For the outdoor enthusiasts, there is no shortage of trails to explore by foot or bicycle (bicycles are available for rent in town). The trails head in all directions and stretch into the surrounding rolling hills. Patagonia is also a gateway community to the Arizona trail, a beautiful trek that spans the entire state.

For those with transportation, the Mexican border town of Nogales is a short 20-minute drive to the south. Take a day trip to Bisbee or Tombstone, the site of many famous old Western films. Tucson, just over an hour away, offers an international airport, shopping, and other comforts of civilization.