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Corridor Management Plan for the Patagonia-Sonoita Scenic Road

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wheat-scarf-2003
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2003
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The Patagonia-Sonoita Scenic Road travels through landscape that is typical of much of southern Arizona. Mountain ranges are separated by open valleys. Drainage patterns are highly visible as ribbons of green cutting through the low foothills, winding through the valleys. As the road runs through several of these valleys the terrain varies, providing an ever-changing experience for the traveler. Located in the northeastern corner of the Sonoran Desert, the corridor changes in elevation and passes through several distinct plant communities, including excellent examples of semidesert grassland and desert riparian woodland. The surrounding mountain ranges offer many beautiful vistas. The road reaches its highest elevation, approximately 5,085 feet, in the Coronado National Forest, where State Route 83 crosses a pass between the Empire Mountains to the east and the Santa Rita Mountains to the west. Traversing parts of Pima and Santa Cruz counties, the Scenic Road follows State Route 83 (milepost 58 to 33) and State Route 82 (milepost 32 to 4.5). The road is rural in character and, as the name indicates, it passes through the communities of Sonoita, located at the junction of routes 82 and 83, and Patagonia, on State Route 82.

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Wheat Scharf Associates. 2003. Corridor Management Plan for the Patagonia-Sonoita Scenic Road. Submitted to the Arizona Department of Transportation Intermodal Transportation Division Transportation Enhancement/Scenic Roads Section. Tucson, Arizona: Wheat Scharf Associates. January.

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