Quality of Life

Santa Cruz County is a great place to be


Everyone who lives here or visits knows it. Whether you enjoy biking, hiking, birdwatching, exploring history, cruising our scenic backroads, stargazing, exquisite dining, sampling local wines, checking out the local art scene, enjoying local cultural events, or simply relaxing by the lake, Santa Cruz County has something for everyone.

Patagonia Lake

Higher Ed


Santa Cruz Center

Santa Cruz Center, located in Nogales, is a two-year public community college district offering a variety of introductory, professional development, and adult education courses and helping students get a solid start on their career paths. Students can earn Associate, Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees without leaving Santa Cruz County.

University of Arizona - Santa Cruz

The University of Arizona offers classes in Nogales with more than a dozen 2+2 academic transfer pathways from Associate degree programs offered at Santa Cruz Center and other Arizona community colleges. Popular programs in Nogales include education, human services, and business.

Health Care

Holy Cross Hospital

Holy Cross Hospital in Nogales, part of the Carondelet Health Network, is a 25-bed critical access hospital providing 24-hour emergency care, general surgery, labor and delivery services, rehabilitation, mammography, ultrasound, teleradiology, lithotripsy, health and wellness education and more.

Mariposa Community Health Center

Mariposa Community Health Center provides medical, dental, disease prevention and health promotion services in Nogales, Rio Rico, Tubac and Patagonia, including adult internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, dentistry, behavioral health, and full-service pharmacy.

Mariposa Community Health Center

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