Searching for the elusive Seven Cities of Gold, Francisco Vásquez de Coronado set about his quest in 1540. His epic traverse through southern Arizona desert is commemorated at the Coronado National Memorial part of the National Park System.
Spain’s empire eager to explore the New World, left its mark with the cultural heritage still evident throughout Arizona and the Southwest U.S.
As one of Cochise County’s gateways to the state of Sonora, Mexico, Douglas is a charming, busy border community. With more than a century as a key player in the region’s history, it maintains an excellent relationship with its cross border city, Agua Prieta.
Spanish conquistadors built presidios throughout the area before mining and farming became prosperous. Spanish cultural heritage and influence is still prevalent today, particularly at the San Bernardino Presidio, built in the 1700's, located on the Geronimo Trail. The city of Douglas defines itself by the diverse legacy of many peoples.
Douglas’ neighbor to the south, Agua Prieta is a bustling shopping area for tourists and southern Arizona residents. Saddlery and boot-making are highlights of the local craftsmanship, along with handmade pottery, blankets and other goods. Agua Prieta’s Mexican port of entry is open 24 hours a day, and is less congested and a bit more laid-back than others.