Local Attractions
Sutton County Court House
Meirs Home Museum
Old Depot
Sutton County Library
Main Street Program
Caverns of Sonora
Eaton Hill Wildlife Sanctuary
Community Prayer Garden
Sonora Golf Course


Sonora Public Swimming Pool


With its tourist friendly atmosphere, Sonora is a welcome site to any Texas Traveler.  You can visit our historic downtown area that's rich in pioneer heritage, see the original Sutton County jail, that was once home to many frontier outlaws, hike the trails of Eaton Hill, play a round of golf at the Sonora Golf Course, take a dip at the Sonora Public Swimming Pool or explore the mysterious underground world of the Caverns of Sonora.  With 5 motels and numerous restaurants, Sonora can satisfy the needs of any tourist.

Check out the article written in the Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine - August 2006 Edition. There is an excellent about the "Old West Reborn" featuring Sonora's History, personalities, accommodations and attractions.
http://www.tpwmagazine.com/archive/2006/aug/threedays/
The Heritage of Sonora and Sutton County that can be seen and sometimes heard includes the original well site on the lawn of the 1891 Courthouse designed by Oscar Ruffini ; the first jail, which now houses a museum;1889 Miers Home Museum; and the Depot with an outdoor amphitheater. The Courthouse Square is located at Water Avenue and Oak Street.  There are brochures for self-guided walking tours located in front of the courthouse next to the historical markers. 

To learn more about Mr. Ruffini click on his name for a link to the Texas State Library.


Sutton County Courthouse
Renovated 2006


Old Depot

The Santa Fe Depot, built in 1930, watched over the busy stock shipping activities that tied the economy of Sutton County to the rest of the nation.  In 1977 the last Sonora train whistled itself into History and the depot remained vacant until 1986 when the Sutton County Historical Society received the old building as a donation.  Through donations by the Vanderstucken family, the John and Mildred Cauthorn Trust, and hundreds of other contributions it was renovated into a community meeting place.

1889 Miers Home Museum
1889 Miers Home Museum



1889 Miers Home Museum - Repainted in 2006


Old Depot


Old Depot


Sutton County Public Library


Sutton County Library
Built in ______
Operating Hours are
10:00 am - 4:00 pm/ Monday - Friday

Summer Reading Programs
This Year's Theme is 
"Sailinto Reading"

Magic, Storytelling and fun
325-387-2111 for more information.


Main Street, Sonora Texas
Main Street runs from the Courthouse down to one of our major thoroughfares, Crockett Avenue.  Anchored by the Historical Mercantile Building this street sports shops and business in this historic local.  The City of Sonora joined with the Main Street Program which has promoted such projects as "Bank Vault Park".  The Bank Vault Park highlights the Sonora Main Street Program's commitment to historic preservation and revitalization.  The scenic floral Bank Vault Park off Main Street garnered "Best Public Improvement Project" in 1998 from the Texas Downtown Association and more projects continue. For more information on the City of Sonora and the Main Street Program, visit their web site www.sonora-texas.com  



Bank Vault Park on  Main Street




Caverns of Sonora


Welcome to the Caverns of Sonora, one of the most beautiful and active caves in the world.   The Caverns of Sonora is known as a National Natural Landmark where more than 95% of the formations in the cave are still “growing.”

The Caverns of Sonora is located 8 miles west of Sonora, Texas, off of IH-10 on exit 392.   Come experience the beauty that west Texas has to offer. At the Caverns of Sonora, there are many activities to keep you busy, such as: Sluicing for gems, exploring the nature trail, camping out in an RV or tent, and relaxing while enjoying the outdoors.  

Tours of the cave leave the caverns gift shop constantly, with usually never more than a 30-minute wait.   The tour takes about 1 hour and 45 minutes, covering 1 and 3/4 of a mile, and with only 12 people allowed per tour; you are sure to have a relaxed and pleasurable experience.   If staying on the trail is not for you, the Caverns of Sonora also offers the Discovery Challenge Adventure Tour.   You gear up for a one of a kind experience going off trail to try your hand at some real caving.    You spend your last hour of this 4-hour trip doing a 43 foot repel into “Devil’s Pit.”   This Tour is booked for a minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 6.   We also offer a 3-hour photo tour with a maximum of 3 people where you get to dictate which rooms you go to and how long you spend in these rooms.   So, if you’re into photography or just want a more intimate experience in this gorgeous cave, we are happy to offer this tour to you.   These special tours are reservation only, so please call in advance with your credit card in hand to confirm your time for the time of your life.

For more information visit the Caverns of Sonora web site at www.cavernsofsonora.com   



Eaton Hill Wildlife Sanctuary

Sonora is located at the western edge of the magnificent Texas Hill Country. The landscape is a unique convergence of the Hill Country and the Chihuahuan Desert, containing flora and fauna from both of these extraordinary regions.   Eaton Hill Wildlife Sanctuary is a 37 acre nature park offering over 3 miles of hiking trails and showcasing a diverse array of plant and wildlife. In addition to the many wildflowers and varieties of cactus, visitors will encounter numerous points of interest along the trails as the terrain transforms with nearly every footstep. Admire Old Glory flying high atop the hill, explore Native American culture at the replicated dwelling, discover Sonora's wilder history along the Outlaw Trail, see a painted bunted or perhaps even a Texas horny toad, and examine marine fossils preserved in the limestone rocks.   Several picnic areas await you.   Eaton Hill Wildlife Sanctuary trails conveniently connect with the Historic Downtown Walking Tour featuring the magnificent Sutton County Courthouse, as well as the beautiful Community Prayer Garden.

Open sunup 'till sundown, your visit to Eaton Hill Wildlife Sanctuary is free of charge.  
For contact information,  birding information, interesting facts &  pictures go to Eaton Hill's page. 



Community Prayer Garden

Located in Sonora at the end of N. Concho Ave., peace and tranquility awaits you at the wonderful Community Prayer Garden.  Built by the loving people of this town and with the funding assistance of many local businesses.  Take a moment of your day to visit.

 



Sonora Golf Club

Sonora, Texas boasts one of the very best 9-hole golf courses in the State.  For more information call 325-387-3680 and one of the staff will assist you with any of your questions.  
Features:
3,225 Yard 9 hole Course
Open to the Public
First Come - First Serve
U.S.G.A. Rules Play

For a complete tournament schedule, photos, and additional contact information go to Sonora Golf Club's page.  www.sonoratx-chamber.com/golf club.htm


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This page created by HTC : 6/2007
Last Updated 07/05/07