The Stage Stop Inn was originally built in 1970 by local rancher and horsewoman, Anne Stradling. It stands on the actual site of the Patagonia stage stop on the old Butterfield Trail.
Anne was a friend of John Wayne's, and she built the Inn to accomodate cast and crew filming in the high desert around Patagonia. It was used in films such as Rio Lobo, Rio Bravo, Young Guns and Wyatt Earp. The San Rafael Valley, located just 7 miles away served as a location in the filming of Oklahoma.
The town of Patagonia rests between the majestic Santa Rita and Patagonia Mountains at the confluence of Harshaw and Sonoita Creeks. Set among rich foothills and valleys at 4,000 feet, Patagonia enjoys an excellent climate at the center of Southeast Arizona's burgeoning wine region. Daytime temperatures are normally 10 to 20 degrees cooler than the lower desert elevations in Tucson and Phoenix, and nights cool off nicely in the summer. The area is home to many artists and authors, and is world renowned for birding, hiking, cycling and hunting.
Nearby ghost towns bear mute testimony to the boom days of cattle ranching and mining that brought so many settlers to this territory in the 1800's.