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The Nogales Border Wall



Opinions about this 18-foot-high barrier of rusting metal range from those who do not think it exist to those (like Donald Trump) who think it should be buttressed to become even more of a barrier.

Like it or not, this wall is a defining image of the separation between the United States and Mexico, and the separation of two cities who at a time in the past were only separated by a barbed wire fence, erected to keep cattle from straying between the two nations.

Opiniones sobre este de 18 pies de alta barrera de oxidación de metales son desde aquellos que no creen que existe hasta aquellos (como Donald Trump) que piensan que debe ser reforzada a ser aún más de una barrera.

Nos guste o no, esta pared es una imagen definitoria de la separación entre los Estados Unidos y México, y la separación de las dos ciudades. Hubo un tiempo en las ciudades de Nogales, Arizona y Nogales, Sonora sólo estaban separados por una cerca de alambre de púas, erigido para mantener la dispersión del ganado entre las dos naciones.



Remembering Jose Antonio


Photos of vigils held to remember the life of and demand justice for slain teenager Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez

Fotos de vigilias para recordar la vida de José Antonio Elena Rodríguez y exigir justicia por su asesinato


La Roca El Balcon


This landmark Nogales, Sonora restaurant offers great Mexican food in an entrancing ambiance, just a short walk from the Nogales international border

Este famoso restaurante de Nogales, Sonora ofrece buena comida mexicana en un ambiente fascinante, a pocos pasos de la frontera internacional Nogales

Life in a Nogales, Mexico Landfill



They came from Nogales and other parts of Mexico to live in this ramshackle collection of structures located next to a public landfill in Nogales, Sonora.

Llegaron de Nogales y otras partes de México para vivir en esta colección destartalada de las estructuras situadas al lado de un relleno sanitario en Nogales, Sonora.


A Blazing Nogales Sunset



For a brief moment in early January the skies over Nogales lit up in an ethereal light show

Por un breve momento al principio de enero los cielos de Nogales se iluminaron en un espectáculo de luz etérea

Parroquia la Purísima Concepción



This beautiful historic church is just two blocks from the border in Nogales, Sonora

Esta iglesia hermosa e histórica está a sólo dos cuadras de la frontera en Nogales, Sonora


Border Mass for Immigration Reform


His Eminence Cardinal Sean O’Malley came to Nogales to celebrate a mass on the border wall in Nogales, Arizona

Su Eminencia el cardenal Sean O’Malley llegó a Nogales para celebrar una misa en el muro frontera en Nogales, Arizona


Paul Bond Boots



The legendary name and quality of Paul Bond Boots, made in Nogales, Arizona

El nombre y la calidad legendaria de Paul Bond Boots, hecho en Nogales, Arizona


Nogales Museo de Arte


The Museo de Arte is a marvelous place to visit in the Nogales, Mexico border tourism district. Located just two blocks across the border, the museum’s gallery has continuous art exhibits

El Museo de Arte es un lugar maravilloso para visitar en el distrito turístico en la frontera en Nogales, México. Situado a sólo dos bloques a través de la frontera, la galería del museo cuenta con exposiciones de arte continuas

Thank you for visiting the Virtual Nogales website. This site is intended to provide information about the twin cities of Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, which are separated by the international border between the United States and Mexico.

In addition to the information, we will also post photos of all aspects of Ambos Nogales (meaning “both Nogales”) so that you can become familiar with this very special place.

We sincerely believe that images speak louder than words, so Virtual Nogales wants to be a major source of photographic images of the twin border cities of Nogales, Arizona (listed here as “Nogaz”) and Nogales, Sonora (“Nogson”). This will include not only photographs from American photographers, but also from some excellent photographers who live and tell their visual stories south of the border in Nogales, Sonora.

Thanks again for visiting – We sincerely hope that you enjoy this site!

Coming Through – Pasando

A Union Pacific train waits at the international border as a U.S. Customs official opens the gate to allow it to cross the border. Un tren de Union Pacific espera en la frontera internacional como un agente de aduanas EE.UU. abre la puerta para que pueda cruzar la...

La Roca El Balcon

La Roca el Balcon Restaurant & Bar, just across the border in Nogales, Sonora, has been an Ambos Nogales landmark since it opened in 1972. The building is built over the side of a rock hill, which adds to its amazing ambiance. Vibrant contrasts...

Remembering Jose Antonio

On the night of October 10, 2012, 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez was walking home on Calle Internacional in Nogales, Sonora. It would be his last walk, as a Border Patrol officer shooting his pistol from a protected area behind the...

Life in a Nogales, Mexico Landfill

They came from Nogales and other parts of Mexico to live in this ramshackle collection of structures located next to a public landfill in Nogales, Sonora. This group of people, many of them migrants who were unable to cross the border and ended...

Art Imitates Desert Life

Now you don't have to drive into the desert to see cactus and hummingbirds, you can purchase your own metal replicas at a Nogales, Mexico curio shop. These were on display at a curio shop in the "Triangulo" curios area, on Call Campillo across the street from Plaza...

A Blazing January Nogales Sunset

For a short time on an early January evening the skies over Ambos Nogales were illuminated by the reflections of light from the setting sun. The light show began as a pale yellow and orange halo over Nogales, Mexico and crescendoed into a blazing orange sky before...

Virtual Nogales – A Photographic Exploration of Ambos Nogales

Thank you for visiting the Virtual Nogales website. This site provides basic information about the international border between the United States and Mexico, along with an abundance of images. We sincerely believe that images speak louder than words, so Virtual...

Crossing Ardani

Ardani Rosales is a Guatemalan national who was severely beaten and had his life threatened by the Guatemalan gang La Mara Salvatrucha, for ministering to youths and convincing them not to join deadly Guatemalan gangs. After nearly dying from the beating he received,...

Paul Bond Boots

This Nogales treasure not only makes some of the best western-style boots in the world, but continues to exemplify the values of legendary American Paul Bond, who ran the company until his death in 2012 at the age of 96. Paul Bond led a fascinating life. At the age of...

Concert on a Nogales Mexico bus