Must See | Must Do
Kartchner Caverns State Park
Experience a stunning limestone cave in Southeastern Arizona that boasts world-class features. This “live” cave, discovered in 1974, is host to a wide variety of unique minerals and formations. Water percolates from the surface and calcite formations continue to grow, including stalactites dripping down like icicles and giant stalagmites reaching up from the ground. Tour guides will unveil this fascinating underground landscape during a memorable 1½ hour tour. The Discovery Center features museums exhibits, a large gift shop, regional displays, theater, and educational information about the caverns and the surrounding landscape. There are also campgrounds, hiking trails, lockers, shaded picnic areas, a deli, an amphitheater, and a hummingbird garden.
9 mi. S of Benson on Hwy 90 | (520)586-2283 | Website
The Famous (or better known as) The Infamous Brewery Gulch
German-Swiss immigrants founded the first breweries on what became known as Brewery Gulch in 1881. Bisbee grew from 400 to thousands and Brewery Gulch became famous (or notorious some would say) as the number of saloons multiplied, at one time numbering 47 and almost as many brothels. The Gulch was considered by some to be the "Hottest spot between El Paso and San Francisco." Today, you can find remnants of brothels and many saloons including St. Elmo’s Bar opened in 1902 and is the longest, continuously operating drinking establishment in Arizona. The upstairs was once a brothel. Some say the bar is haunted. Only nice ghosts hang out in the bar. Up the Gulch, the Muheim Heritage House Museum, a Registered National Historic site, was built by Joseph and Carmelita Muheim beginning in 1898. The Old Bisbee Brewing Company serves up mighty fine craft beers. And then there is the Stock Exchange Saloon. Built in 1905, the beautiful Muheim building housed the Brewery Saloon, the most popular libation hall in Bisbee. A map of Brewery Gulch is available at the Visitors Center.
Queen Mine Tour
Tour one of the most productive copper mines of the 20th century. Don the mining lanterns, hats and slickers of the miners....ride the mine train deep into the mine....search for remaining veins of copper, gold, turquoise, silver, lead and zinc....and, experience the lives of miners as they toiled in the subterranean tunnels. Listen for the little people known as “Tommy Knockers” who were said to warn miners of danger by knocking on rocks. Tour times: 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM - Noon - 2:00 PM & 3:30 PM. Open 7 days per week. Tours last approximately 1 hour. The mine is a cool 47 degrees year-'round. Dress warmly and arrive 20 minutes prior to the tour. Tours leave from the Queen Mine Tour Building located on Dart Road, immediately south of Old Historic Bisbee Exit off the U.S. Hwy. 80 interchange.
478 N Dart Rd, Bisbee, AZ 85603 | (520)432-2071 | Website
St. Patrick’s Church
Perched 200 feet above the floor of Tombstone Canyon in historic Bisbee,Arizona, St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church stands as a monument to the exuberant determination of the town's early residents to transform a primitive mining camp into one of the largest commercial centers in early Arizona. Famous for its beautiful stained glass windows and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Gothic Revival church is a copy of St. Mary's Catholic Church in the Irish district of Whitehaven, England. St. Patrick's 41 stained glass windows were designed and produced by Emil Frei, who studied at the Munich Academy of Art before immigrating to the United States in the late 1800s. The windows are believed to be one of the 5 most photographed stain glassed windows in the United States. The church is located on Oak Avenue on Higgins Hill.
100 Quality Hill Rd, Bisbee, AZ 85603 | (520)-432-5753 | Website
Douglas is home to the Hotel Gadsden, one of the southwest’s most famous hotels, dating to 1907. After a devastating fire in 1918, the hotel was rebuilt and maintains the much of the same charm of the early days. The hotel features a magnificent marble columned lobby and a Tiffany stained glass window.
1046 G Ave, Douglas, AZ 85607 | (520) 364-4481 | Website
In 1887, John Slaughter purchased the ranch that is now known as the San Bernardino Wildlife Refuge. He re-established cattle ranching and farming and they continued until 1979. The ranch is now registered as a National Historic Landmark and provides a glimpse of turn-of-the-century life in the lush ranchland of Southern Arizona.
6153 Geronimo Tr, Douglas, AZ 85607 | (520) 678-7935 | Website
The Grand Theatre
This majestic Beaux Arts-style theater was once considered the grand dame in the Southwest and played host to vaudeville acts and performances by the likes of Ginger Rogers, Al Jolson and the some of the period’s finest musicians and entertainers. Closed to the public in the late 1950s, the theatre has suffered significant damage, including a collapsed roof. Now, a painstaking renovation is in progress, with the goal of restoring the city’s gem to its former glory.
1139 G Ave, Douglas, AZ 85607 | (520) 364-6144 | Website
Fairbank Historic Ghost Town
Fairbank was originally built in 1881 as a railroad stop near Tombstone. You can now enjoy a self-guided tour that reveals one of the area’s most complete ghost towns with buildings, including the post office, a general store, small homes, a schoolhouse and of course, the ever-present saloon, as well as the foundation of a warehouse and the Montezuma Hotel. The Fairbank one-room schoolhouse has been restored and serves as a museum and gift shop, staffed by volunteers on weekends. Still in use until 1944, former students and teachers helped with the building’s historical accuracy and restoration. The Fairbank Cemetery is just a short hike from the townsite. Allow 1–2 hours.
Hwy 90 North 13 miles to Hwy 82; turn east (right) on Hwy 82, 10 miles; entrance is to the north (left) | (800)288-3861 or (520)439-6400 (BLM) | Website
Nature Conservancy's Ramsey Canyon Preserve
You won’t want to miss this world-renowned attraction, a 280-acre National Natural Landmark bestowed to The Nature Conservancy in 1975. The canyon’s unique interplay of geology, biology, topography, and climate make it a unique habitat for a variety of plant and animal life with over 170 varieties of birds, including 14 species of hummingbirds. Inside the Visitor Center at Ramsey Canyon Preserve is the kid-friendly Please Touch Room with bird nests, snake skins and other wildlife bits. Allow 3 hours. Two-hour guided tours leave at 9 a.m. on Monday, Thursday and Saturday throughout the summer. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Monday; closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. Free admission on the first Saturday of each month.
Hwy 92 South, 6 miles; west (right) onto Ramsey Canyon Road, 3 miles to the Preserve | (800)288-3861 or (520)378-2785 | Website
Apple Annie’s Orchard
During season, July 1- October 31, visitors can pick apples, peaches, pears, vegetables, and pumpkins, enjoy a corn maze, and more.
2081 Hardy Rd, Willcox, AZ 85643 | (520) 384-2084 | Website
Chiricahua National Monument
A "Wonderland of Rocks" is waiting for you to explore. The 8-mile paved scenic drive and 17-miles of day-use hiking trails provide opportunities to discover the beauty, natural sounds, and inhabitants of this 11,985 acre site. See beautiful Ryolite formations, lots of wildlife and the Faraway Ranch. From Willcox follow Arizona State Highway 186 for 32 miles to the junction of Arizona State Highway 181. Turn left and 4 miles later you will be at the Chiricahua entrance station.
E Bonita Canyon Rd, Willcox, AZ 85643 | (520) 824-3560 | Website
Willcox Wine Country has great wines located in 11 tasting rooms located in Old Town Willcox and in some of the operating vineyards around Willcox. Over 75% of the vineyards producing wine in the state of Arizona are located in this region. Wine events and festivals are scheduled in Willcox and at individual tasting rooms throughout the year.