The pristine valley, called the San Rafael and much of which is covered today by conservation easements, exists in the southern part of Elgin which is so quintessentially Western that the movies Oklahoma!, McLintock! and a number of John Wayne westerns were filmed there. Hikers, bikers and campers find much to see and do in the stunning Coronado National Forest which surrounds the area. Patagonia itself, is a Trailhead Community for the Arizona Trail. Cowboy culture is alive and well in the Mountain Empire. Visitors come to stay at the local guest ranches, and horseback riding is a way of life not just for local ranchers but for many of the town locals as well.
This is grass-fed beef country and the golden Canelo hills are dotted with a wide variety of grazing cattle. The rolling hills of Wine Country in Sonoita and Elgin are home to some of the best wine in the United States, with frequent wine tastings, winery tours and unique and fun festivals drawing wine aficionados from all over. There are currently 12 wineries/vineyards open to the public. Visitors are often times so enthralled with the area that they contact a realtor and look for homes for sale in Elgin.