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Nogales-SCC Chamber of Commerce
Visitor & Tourism Center:

9:00 AM-5:00 PM

123 W. Kino Park
Nogales, AZ 85621
Tel: (520) 287-3685
Fax: (520) 287-3687

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Nogales, Sonora - Mexico


A day in Nogales, Sonora!



You must see Nogales, Mexico on your trip through beautiful and exciting Santa Cruz County. As you enter the main gate in downtown Nogales, Arizona, you are walking in the footsteps of man's history in North America. Origins of the highway through Nogales are traced directly to an ancient foot trail that ran to the ocean near Guaymas-San Carlos at the Gulf of California.


Just across the border from Nogales, Arizona, the two cities share the same name but the cultures have evolved separately. Fill your trip to Mexico with its traditions, wonderful shopping and great food. Take the time to enjoy a traditional mexican/international cuisine at La Roca Rest. or at Fray Marcos de Niza Hotel a family owned business.

La Roca Rest. -

Fray Marcos de Niza Hotel -


Walking is a popular way to cross the border and Nogales, AZ has many guarded parking lots close to the port-of-entry. Just follow Interstate 19 to the end in Nogales and attendants such as American Valet and Ed's Parking Lot will help you  . The cost to park your vehicle all day is very reasonable, generally under $4.00.  Most of the shopping and eating attractions are close to the border and within easy walking distance.


As you enter Mexico, you will see the Flag Island of the Americas, which has banners for all of the Mexican states-Nogales is in the state of Sonora. Turn right at Campillo Street and walk down three blocks to Obregon Street-now you can shop, browse, explore and enjoy the people, places, sights, and sounds of Mexico.


If your love is pottery, glassware, furniture, baskets, rugs, leather, or jewelry you will, if you look, find unique and beautiful pieces at reasonable cost. Prices at the shops are not fixed  prepare to enjoy bargaining-negotiate a price! Business is done in English and American currency is preferred. 


Before crossing the border give the U.S. Customs office a call to check for current regulations. The Mexican and U.S. Customs offices are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions (520) 287-1410. You may also call (520) 885-0694 for more information.


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For more information on visiting Nogales, Sonora:


Sonoran Emergency (like 911): 066

Operator: 091

Bilingual Operator: 070

US Consulate (Nogales): 631-313-4820

US Customs: 520-287-1410

Border Patrol: 520-761-2400


CANACO (Chamber of Commerce Nogales, Sonora)




Office of Tourism (Nogales, Sonora)






Located at the corner of Crawford Street and Sonoita Avenue there's an eye-catching ceramic tile mural with native plant landscaping that the developer wanted to showcase. What was a neglected "eye-sore" has been transformed into a downtown parking space enclosed not by cyclone fences and barbed wire but by an attractive terraced wall - incorporating neighborhood and local materials - faced with stones to match those on the Historic 1904 Santa Cruz County Court House prominent as a landmark on Morley Avenue.

Parking is safe, secure and automated. There's a VIP Shuttle to transport visitors directly to the border entrance at nearby Terrace Avenue.

Ed's Parking
149 N. Terrace Ave.
Nogales, Arizona



Should you decide to drive across the border and remain within the Border Zone (usually up to 20 kilometers south of the U.S.-Mexico Border) or Free Trade Zone (including the Baja California Peninsula and the Sonora Free Trade Zone) there are no procedures to comply with. However, if you wish to pass these zones, you must secure a permit.




Once you park, walk south through the parking lot until you reach Terrace Ave. You will walk across the street, and follow the pathway to the Port of Entry.


Business is conducted in English. American currency is preferred. Bartering is expected except in restaurants.


Don't take firearms or ammunition into Mexico unless you have a pre-arranged hunting trip and have the necessary permits.


Business is conducted in English. American currency is preferred. Bartering is expected except in restaurants.





Beginning on June 1st, 2009- all persons including U.S. citizens - traveling by air from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda will be required to have a passport (unless traveling with a U.S. Permanent Resident Card, asylee or refugee document, Merchant Mariner's Document or NEXUS Air card) to enter the United  States.


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For more information about applying for a passport, U.S. citizens may visit: 

or call the National Passport Information Center toll free at 1-877-4USA-PPT or TDD/TYY: 1-888-874-7793. Foreign nationals should contact their respective governments to obtain passports.


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