What to do and see in Rio Rico, United States: The Best Places and Tips

July 20, 2017 Myesha Cogley

Rio Rico in United States, from Nouth America region, is best know for Historic Sites. Discover best things to do in Rio Rico with beautiful photos and great reviews from traveller around the world here!
Restaurants in Rio Rico

1. Tumacacori National Historical Park

1891 East Frontage Road, Tumacacori, AZ 85640 +1 520-377-5060
Excellent
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4.5 based on 281 reviews

Tumacacori National Historical Park

Reviewed By Ray H - Jackson, New Jersey

Treat yourself to a little bit of Southwest Spanish history. The church built around 1600, though a bit run down is still a site to absorb. Walk the grounds, visit the cemetery, watch them make beautiful flowers out of paper or tortila's from scratch, buy some. Flowers are beautiful and the tortilla's are as authentic as they'll ever be, made right before your eyes.The entire surrounding area is beautiful and easy to find.

2. Fun Birding Tours

72 Avenida Pastor, Rio Rico, AZ 85648-8001
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5 based on 2 reviews

Fun Birding Tours

Make the most of your visit to SE Arizona by hiring Richard Fray, a professional southeast Arizona birding guide, to take you to the right places and show you the right birds. Whether you’re new to bird watching or a veteran birder, your Arizona birding experience will be greatly enhanced with the help of someone who knows the birds, and how to find them. Based in Rio Rico, Santa Cruz County, Richard Fray has lived and birded in southeastern Arizona for more than 15 years, guiding full time for the last eight. Subject to availability, you can hire Richard by the day at very reasonable rates. Southeastern Arizona has some of the very best birding in North America! With its tall mountains, vibrant canyons, rolling grasslands and lush desert, it’s also a region rich in natural beauty. Comfortable lodgings, easy transport, great food and warm weather all make for the perfect birding vacation.

Reviewed By Modeler9 - Washington DC, District of Columbia

Richard Fray is an amazing bird watching guide for Southeast Arizona in the Tucson area. My wife and daughter spent two days with Richard exploring the species of the mountains and canyons in the Tucson area. They saw over 150 species of birds and enjoyed the amazing natural beauty of this area. Richard is a very flexible guide who adapts his guiding style to the client's. Besides the birds, he is highly knowledgeable of the area and its natural attractions. My wife and daughter had completed a number of bird watching trips, but this was by far the most amazing one. And they give a great amount of credit for this to Richard.

3. Patagonia Lake State Park

400 Patagonia Lake Road, Patagonia, AZ 85621 +1 520-287-6965
Excellent
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4 based on 229 reviews

Patagonia Lake State Park

Tucked away in the rolling hills of southeastern Arizona is a hidden treasure.Patagonia Lake State Park was established in 1975 as a state park and is an ideal place to find whitetail deer roaming the hills and great blue herons walking the shoreline. The park offers a campground, beach, picnic area with ramadas, tables and grills, a creek trail, boat ramps, and a marina. The nearby Lakeside Market offers boat rentals and supplies. The campground overlooks the lake where anglers catch crappie, bass, bluegill, catfish, and trout. The park is popular for water skiing, fishing, camping, picnicking, and hiking. And the tracks of the New Mexico/Arizona railroad lie beneath the lake and remnants of the old historic line may be found at the Nature Conservancy in Patagonia. Hikers can stroll along the creek trail and see birds such as the canyon towhee, Inca dove, vermilion flycatcher, black vulture, and several species of hummingbirds.

Reviewed By martinroyle443 - Tucson, Arizona

An overgrown man made puddle surrounded by scrub. The hikes are naff, not well sign posted or maintained. Staff, especially at the marina, can be rude and ignorant, deliberately ignoring you and giving you wrong information. I cannot recommend this as a destination unless you are desperate to have your intelligence insulted.

4. Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

1 Burruel St, Tubac, AZ 85646-1296 +1 520-398-2252
Excellent
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4.5 based on 171 reviews

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Come to Tubac Presidio State Historic Park and experience a full sweep of Southwest history! We showcase every culture (Native American, Spanish, Mexican, Pioneer American, and Arizonian) with award-winning artifacts and displays to bring 2,000 years of history to life. See Arizona's first printing press, our original 1885 school house, and much more. Tubac was recently named one of 14 must-see destinations in the world by Conde Nast Traveler. Come and see why!

Reviewed By 674 - New Jersey

Very nice little piece of history in the town of Tubac. You can spend maybe an hour here to get a history lesson then have lunch and do a little shopping in the town. All without moving your car.Thank you for visiting the Tubac State Park and Museum! We are dedicated to preserving the history of our town and are happy to have shared it with you. We hope to see you again! Shannon

5. Nogales-SCC Chamber of Commerce Visitor & Tourism Center

123 W Kino Park Pl, Nogales, AZ 85621-1357 +1 520-287-3685
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5 based on 27 reviews

Nogales-SCC Chamber of Commerce Visitor & Tourism Center

Reviewed By Brian S - Meaford, Canada

We found the staff to be "over the top" friendly and helpful. To my knowledge there wasn't any information about the local area or Arizona that they weren't delighted to help us with.Thank you for taking the time to give us a kind review! We appreciate your feedback and we are happy to hear that the information from the Visitor Center was helpful.

6. Pena Blanca Lake

Sr 289, AZ +1 520-281-2296
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4 based on 8 reviews

Pena Blanca Lake

A small lake with great fishing.

Reviewed By CrankingChick - Tucson, Arizona

This is a very nice recreation area in the Coronado National Forest near Nogales. To reach it, take exit 12 off I-19 for Ruby Rd. (AZ289) and follow it west about 9 miles into the scenic Pajarito Mountain Foothills. This is a well-maintained paved road. The lake fills Pena Blanca Canyon, so it is long and narrow, covering about 50 acres. It's surrounded by grassy hillsides and limestone rock formations. The elevation is 4000', so it can be cooler than the surrounding area and there is some different vegetation from the lower desert zones, including oak trees. Facilities include a campground, picnic areas, hiking trails, restrooms, fishing platforms and a boat ramp (motors 8HP or less). Most of the facilities are wheelchair accessible, including parking, restroom, fishing platforms, picnic area and paved walkways along the shore. There is no entrance fee but a valid Arizona license is required for fishing. We visited on a Friday morning in October and it was quiet and peaceful. This area gets very busy in summer, especially weekends and holidays, so plan your visit accordingly.

7. Rio Rico Country Club

1069 Camino Caralampi, Rio Rico, AZ 85648-1610 +1 520-281-1901
Excellent
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3 based on 47 reviews

Rio Rico Country Club

This resort is located an hour south of Tucson, atop a 4,000-foot mesa.

Reviewed By mbob2016 - Gold Canyon, Arizona

Well, where do I begin. This course may be in the worst shape of any course that we have ever golfed. I expected, from the pictures on their website, for it to be very nice. Especially since it is February, peak season for this part of the country. We were in for quite the shock. Just driving up to the course you knew something wasn't quite right. Didn't see any green anywhere. The tee boxes were beat up. The fairways were in very poor shape and just dirt in many spots. The greens were horrible. Chewed up and so gouged that you couldn't even putt. On the rare green where there was some green grass, it hadn't been mowed. We just played two putt on every green. We had heard from some people that this at one time had been a beautiful course but it apparently has fallen on some bad times. It looks like it hasn't seen water since the last glacier came through. We paid $29 for two (2) people which included cart. That should have ben the indicator right there. After playing, we felt we paid too much. It is going to take a long time to bring this course back.

8. Santa Cruz Chili & Spice

1868 East Frontage Road, Tumacacori, AZ 85640 +1 520-398-2591
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4.5 based on 50 reviews

Santa Cruz Chili & Spice

Reviewed By MarshallGulch - Maui, Hawaii

I have been coming here for over 25 years. I always get Mexican vanilla for baking. The chipotle/ adobo sauce in a jar for tacos or chili beans. One or two spoonfuls really adds to the blend. Don t miss it.
And then, homemade hot pads for gifts. A trip to tubac always includes
This little family store. And the lady
Is always so nice.
A Superior tradition.

9. Tubac Center of the Arts

9 Plaza Rd, Tubac, AZ 85646-5206 +1 520-398-2371
Excellent
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4 based on 86 reviews

Tubac Center of the Arts

Tubac Center of the Arts is the Core of Art in Tubac. TCA is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to the celebration and promotion of the arts through education, exhibitions, and performing arts. There are rotating juried exhibitions of art from both local artists as well as artists from across the country. The center also includes a children's summer arts program, art workshops, a gift shop, and ongoing events throughout the year. Please visit our website, for our current calendar of events and for workshops, visit TubacArtWorkshops.com.

Reviewed By lisargold - Ohio

My husband and I recently visited the Tubac Center for the Arts- My 2nd visit, his first. As before, The gallery exhibits were well worth seeing, well curated and hung. There are three or four rooms of different sizes that make up the gallery. During this visit I noticed that they also have a wonderful library well worth looking through if you are an art lover. Some of the at books were even signed by the arts. This is not to be missed in a town with many gift/galleries- this is the true gem in the area. As noted during my last review, the gift shop is also lovely.

10. Kino Springs Golf Course

187 Kino Springs Dr, Nogales, AZ 85621-9502 +1 520-287-8701
Excellent
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4 based on 26 reviews

Kino Springs Golf Course

Reviewed By Ileen M - Banff, Canada

The course is great ,the owners are great and we always have a great time playing Kino Springs..we come from Canada & out of all the course's we always start with Kino..Great and friendly owners...it is just plain fun to play thanks & always pass on good memories to friends...

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