Nestled in the Santa Cruz River Valley, the picturesque beauty of Amado is a paradise for birdwatchers, nature-lovers, and city folk alike. The wide range of ecosystems extend from rugged peaks and pine forests of the Santa Rita mountains, named for the patroness of impossible causes, and spring fed canyons to the Sonoran desert and
Santa Cruz River Valley.

In addition to unique and unusual flora there is abundant wildlife and the area supports hundreds of species of birds-dazzling flycatchers, hawks, eagles, waterbirds, and those flying jewels, the Rufous, Costas, Broadbill, Annas, and Black-chinned hummingbirds.

From Amado, visit the Whipple Observatory in the Santa Rita Mountains.
​Enjoy exhibits on astronomy, natural science, and cultural history. There is also an outdoor patio with the Native American petroglyphs discovered on site, desert flora, and stunning views of the surrounding Santa Rita Mountains. 

TRaveling to Amado 

Whipple Observatory

From Amado, visit the Whipple Observatory in the Santa Rita Mountains. Enjoy exhibits on astronomy, natural science, and cultural history. There is also an outdoor patio with the Native American petroglyphs discovered on site, desert flora, and stunning views of the surrounding Santa Rita Mountains. For more information and to acquired specific visitors information, please call (520) 670-5707. 


Madera Canyon

Madera Canyon with its easy trail access, campgrounds and picnic areas lies in the northwest side of the Santa Rita Mountains where the higher elevation means cooler temperatures during the hot months and snow during the winter. The canyon has a long and colorful history, which you can learn more about by obtaining a booklet produced by Friends of Madera Canyon. Contact them at: P.O. Box 1203, Green Valley, AZ 85622. 


For more information, please call the Nogales-Santa Cruz County Chamber of Commerce Tourism & Visitor Center at (520) 287-3685.