Create your own Arizona day trip experience!

Whether you wish to plan a trip to see nature and wildlife, learn about the history of the southwest or just want to get away from it all Arizona has a variety of places to see and things to do that will interest any recreational adventurer.

Day trips make a refreshing break from the chaos of the daily routine. They can also be cheap since many of the areas are distant from the city.

Arizona features a surprising range of terrain that includes desert, grassy lowlands, and vegetated mountain regions.  The climate found across the state also shows much variety.  And you don't have to travel far to appreciate this assortment of scenery. In the summer you can take a break in the cool, nearby hills, while the lower-lying areas are more popular in the winter months.

The town of Amado is named after the Amado family settled the region in the days of the Spanish exploration. It is a small community located 43 miles south of Phoenix on I-19 and is visited regularly by travelers going to or from Nogales and Mexico.

The land features the majestic peaks of the Saint Rita Mountains which rise above the lowlands.  The area has an abundance of wildlife and the city has taken advantage of that by maintaining a very rural, undeveloped countryside.

The area caters to visitors and there are many inns, bed and breakfasts, RV resorts, ranches and even spas available to visitors.

Not to forget about man’s best friend there is even a canine restaurant in the community that features dishes and instruction in fine dining for your dog!

Fishermen visiting Arivaca Lake will be happy to find the lake stocked with large-mouthed bass, bluegill, and catfish.  Buenos Aries National Wildlife Refuge includes over 300 species of birds including the gray hawk, buff-collared nightjar, thick-billed kingbird or a Strickland’s woodpecker.

There are a remarkable variety of birds to be viewed in this pristine ecosystem and the clear night sky makes stargazing at the local observatory ideal.

The beauty of the night sky is matched by the bright rainbows that paint the sky after an afternoon shower.

History buffs will have much to see and do here.  An assortment of mission sites tells of the history of Amado’s early days. Visitors can see the San Jose de Tumacacori built-in 1800.  Guides in period dress at many historic locations give the look and feel of the Columbian southwest.

The famous Cow Palace is a center of attraction.  Built in the 1920’s, this local landmark served as a restaurant/tavern for western movie stars making movies in Arizona.

Life is quiet and slow-paced.  Most jobs pay modestly, and homes are modestly priced, excepting a small number of the 200+ residents who form the wealthier dwellers.  Most of the people who live here are around 20 years old.

Rental units average in the 700 dollar range.  There is not a lot of development in the area and this could explain the fact that most people travel at least 20 minutes to their jobs, while significant

amount travel at least 40 minutes or more to work.

See which features of this community appeal to you the most. 

History, nature and memorable experiences are all a part of what Arizona offers those who live, work, and visit.  So consider the things this area has to offer the next time you take off to discover Arizona

Carl Chapman is a respected realtor, educator, lecturer, author and noted photographer.  He regularly travels across Arizona searching for information about the state that he can share with others.  If you have any comments or ideas you are invited to contact him at: