There is a wonderful area in the southern part of Arizona that is both rugged and gentle with a great history of Indian tribes – the Pima, Papago and Soapier who first settled in this region thousands of years ago. Next to arrive were the fierce Apaches followed by a mix of fortune seekers, missionaries, miners, soldiers and would-be settlers.
Amado is between Tubac and the more recent Green Valley community, and was developed primarily as a ranching center in the early days. This is where the plans for the Amado Territory Ranch were developed and built over the years as an environmentally friendly, cultural oasis in the desert.
Not too far away is the mission of San Jose del Tumacacori which is now a National Monument run by the Park Service. Only a short drive to the east is Patagonia with it’s beautiful State Park. Further down the line are the famous historical towns of Tombstone and Bisbee. Fort Huachuca, in that local area, is of special interest to military history buffs.
As you listen to tales of this wonderful area, the name of Father Eusebio Kino is most talked about and admired. He came not for riches but to Christianize the Pima Indians who lived in the high desert of the Amado area. He not only built missions, but also brought followers who brought a sense of stability to the region which is named the Primeria Alta, a name which has held for over 300 years.
The Spanish who searched for the Seven Cities of Gold, came to this region in search of its’ glitter. However, the more recent mining of minerals such as copper have made the economics of Southern Arizona and Sonora really thrive.
Although cattle ranching continues today, The Amado Territory Ranch is unique in it’s location to be able to bring together the diversity of the area so that visitors and locals may share in this wonderful heritage.