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Rancho Sonado

Green Valley, Pima County , Arizona

uncovered arena • pen • hay barn • fenced • second house • 5 barns with 33 stalls

Property description

Tucked away at the base of the Santa Rita Mountains, yet close to Tucson, GreenValley and Tubac, lies this 160-acre horse and cattle ranch. Immediately adjacent to it is an accompanying 6,000-acre state cattle grazing lease, where one can ride, hike,nature watch, or hunt. Verdant irrigated pastures, beautiful old mesquite trees andbreathtaking views of Elephant Head Butte and the Santa Cruz River make this retreatunique. Cherished as a private family homestead for many years, this land goes back to the historic Canoa Land Grant and was later owned by the Amado family for which the town is named. The original adobe barn and views of Elephant Head are visible in some of the John Wayne and period westerns. At 3,000 feet of elevation, this ranch enjoys a cooler climate than Phoenix, Scottsdale, or Tucson. The summer rainfall, known as the monsoon, lowers the temperature and renews the green landscape. Ten minutes to the south is Tubac, the original Territorial Capitol of Arizona, now home to beautiful art galleries, golf courses and a lovely resort. Thirty minutes north on I-19 is central Tucson, the University of Arizona, a land grant college with Schools of Agriculture, Engineering and Medicine, among others. Tucson International Airport is twenty-five minutes away.


Home Features

  • Main House was built by the current owners as their own house. It has a custom porch on the North and South, Spanish style wall, paved patios, fountain, and native gardens for birds and butterflies. There is also a fenced separate dog yard and dog door through the utility room.
  • The kitchen features stainless-steel appliances and hood, barnwood color cabinets, and a farm sink. High ceilings and doorways, quality wood laminate floors, and air vents in the ceiling are upgrades. The living dining area has an open floorplan and wood burning stacked stone fireplace. Sliders open out to a covered terrace and garden with views of the irrigated pastures and horses. There is both an oversized carport adjacent to the main house, and a large barn style garage between the Main House and the Casa. This garage features a man door, 2 automatic roll up doors, insulation and a heating/cooling unit to accommodate two trucks and extra storage. A generous machine shop, haybarn and storeroom with roll up doors and security locks are all in the headquarters. The Casa features 3 bedrooms and 2 and ½ baths, a bonus office room, and a laundry room in a lovely setting with a fully fenced yard, garden, and front porch. All the landscaping was planted to attract birds and butterflies. A large fountain and rose garden complete the fenced backyard. The master suite was completely redone including a soaking tub/shower and walk in closet and linen closet. There is a charming custom tiled fireplace in the living room. The owners replaced the tile roof with a more durable tin roof and added a shade owning in the backyard.

Lot Features

  • This property is immediately across the road from the 4,000-acre Historic Canoa Ranch, owned by Pima County. The County has restored a number of the historic structures, the old lake, and working corrals to be a kind of "Williamsburg" of ranching in Arizona. Cultural, educational, and nature events are held there regularly. One can ride from the Rancho Sonado property onto this ranch for endless hours of trail riding, biking, or pedestrian use. Importantly, there is an excellent bridge over the Santa Cruz River to the property off I-19. Pima Country has recently inspected, upgraded, and repaved the bridge, and Elephant Head Road, so it can accommodate horse and cattle trailers and hay trucks. This is important in Arizona where some of the river crossings are merely gravel bottom washes. The possibilities of this property are only limited by one's imagination! It is close to Pima County and Sonoita Show Fairgrounds, and only 2 plus hours to Scottsdale for Westworld events for all breeds. The owners have established a good market for our brand at the Marana Cattle auctions. This ranch could be a family retreat, corporate compound, working horse and cattle ranch or guest ranch/resort. It would be ideal for an equestrian community. With a shallow water table and ample water, there is nothing else like it in Southern Arizona!

Horse Facility Features

  • This ranch has state of the art barns, arenas, oil pipe fencing and 80 acres of irrigated pastures divided with solar electric cord that will please the horse and/or cattle enthusiast. There are stallion corrals and dry lots. The original retacque corrals in the headquarters are now rare in this region. The working/roping arena has an alley for working cattle, squeeze chute and break away set up. There is a large north unfenced arena with excellent footing for working reining horses or trail horses. There is also a dressage court, 3 round pens and a hot walker. A covered vet stocks completes the horse facilities. In addition to the expansive state lease, there are pastures, tanks, working pens and troughs to handle cattle. The wells on the property and state lease are more than ample. Reports are available. The Show Barn includes an air-conditioned tack room and two bathrooms, one of which is ADA accessible. There is also a kitchen, laundry area and wide covered porch for lounging or entertaining. The 16-foot-wide paved barn aisle is ample enough to accommodate parties and weddings as are the outside spaces which accommodate tents. All the stalls in all the barns are 12 x 24 except in the Show Barn they are 12 x 16 with turnouts. These are oversized compared to most farms/ranches. The headquarters includes two attractive houses, carports and a large garage. All the buildings and barns harmonize in Colonial Spanish style.


  • 5 miles to schools
  • 30 miles to airports
  • 6 miles to hospitals
  • 5 miles to shopping
  • 1 miles to trails

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3050 W Elephant Head Rd, Green Valley, Pima County, Arizona




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