In the early 1880’s, these locales had many cattle ranches and areas where mines have been discovered. Each area then evolved into settlements known as Fort Buchanan and Fort Crittenden. In 1861, Fort Buchanan was deserted because of the civil war, and Fort Crittenden followed 12 years later. Both towns were founded in 1882 and lie next to the Santa Fe railroad and the Sonoita creek. The region began as a mining and ranching community, but has taken on a whole different atmosphere nowadays. In the Sonoita/Elgin Valleys, you will still see many ranches, but also there are several vineyards as well. This is a great place for a family vacation, romance, and ladies/men’s getaways.
In the next few posts, I will give you places to stay and things to do while visiting these territories. Some of this information will also be found on posts on my Julie Ferguson Designs blog.