Outdoor Activities - Active
Arena Bar & Rodeo Grounds
A real down-home cowboy bar where the locals show up in boots & spurs. Live music and dancing are standard bill of fare. Team ropings and rodeo events are held throughout the year.
250 N. Prickly Pear Ave., Benson, AZ 85602 | (520) 586-9983 | More Information
Cochise Stronghold is located in the Dragoon Mountains at an elevation of 5,000 ft. Within the Stronghold is a hiking/equestrian trail that goes from the East Cochise Stronghold Campground, over the "Stronghold Divide" and down into the West Stronghold Canyon. This trail was originally an Indian trail and is approximately 4 miles long one way. The Interpretive Trail consists of a short loop trail approximately 0.12 of a mile long with information along the way about the Stronghold, Cochise and his descendants. The Nature Trail, self-guided is approximately 0.4 mile long and is clearly marked.
W Ironwood Rd, Cochise, AZ 85606 | (520) 364-3468 | Website
San Pedro Golf Course
An 18-hole championship course. This unique facility has six sets of tee boxes that allows for play from over 7,300 yards all the way down to 3,500 yards. Hence, it offers a quality golfing experience at an affordable price for players of all skill levels. The front nine meanders through mesquite groves along the San Pedro River, while the back nine plays through natural canyons with significant elevation changes. San Pedro is pure golf played in an all natural setting, free from manmade obstructions.
926 N Madison Ave, Benson, AZ 85602 | (520) 586-7888 | Website
Bisbee is a good place to get some cardiovascular exercise. The town's location in a canyon means there are steep rises in places, including over 5000 stairs that includes a 72-step staircase (two more flights at the top of the hill make for 98 steps in all). They'll take you to some of the most beautiful spots in Old Bisbee. Map is available at the Visitors Center.
Join in on the Annual Bisbee 1000: The Great Stair Climb (October). The most unique physical fitness challenge (or friendly fitness walk) in the USA! Bisbee 1000 The Great Stair Climb is arguably one of the most unusual and challenging events in the world. The 4.5-mile course features nine staircases (over 1000 total steps) connected by winding roads. While enjoying the challenge, runners and walkers alike see some of the most scenic parts of Old Bisbee. Take a delightful journey up the stairs and down the roadways in Europeanesque Bisbee!
From 1.08 miles to 68.49 miles, Bisbee's bike trails offer great opportunities to feel the wind in your face as you enjoy the great outdoors and scenic ride. Pedal along rolling hills and enjoy exceptional vistas as you make your way around the quaint old mining town of Bisbee nestled in Southeast Arizona's Mule Mountain. Map is available at the Visitors Center.
Coronado National Forest - Sierra Vista Recreational Area
The Sierra Vista Recreational Area incorporates several mountain ranges which are separated by rolling hill county and some of the Southwest's most extensive grasslands. The area includes the Huachuca, Patagonia and Whetstone mountains and the Canelo Hills. These areas were once the focus of extensive mining activity and their canyons and ridges are rich in the history of those colorful days. An extensive network of trails provides access to the Huachuca Mountains and to the 20,190 acre Miller Peak Wilderness, accessible on foot, horseback or by bicycle. Note: Bicycles are prohibited in wilderness areas.
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Sierra Vista is surrounded by mountain biking trails, long-distance road biking routes, and 20 miles of in-town shared use paths. These 10-foot wide paths, enjoyed by foot and bicycle, will soon provide a continuous loop around the City. In Arizona, helmets are required for bicyclists 18 years and younger.
Distance: 16 miles
Route: Paved, with shoulders and shared use paths
Begin at the intersection of Hwy 90 and Industry Drive. (From Hwy 90/92; Hwy 90 north 0.7 mile.) Continue on Hwy 90 north, 4.4 miles; south (left) onto East Buffalo Soldier Trail, 6 miles; north (left) onto Hwy 92, 1.2 miles; east (right) onto Calle Mercancia, 0.5 mile; east (right) onto Avenida Cochise, 0.3 mile; northeast (left) onto Camino Montana, 0.5 mile; east (right) onto Calle Cumbre, 0.2 mile; north (left) onto South Avenida Del Sol, 1 mile; cross Hwy 90 to Guilio Cesare Ave., 0.6 mile; southwest (left) onto East Charleston Road, 0.5 mile; north (right) onto Colombo Ave., 0.4 mile; west (left) onto Industry Drive, 0.5 mile.
Distance: 30 miles
Route: Paved, no shoulders on Hwy 83, some narrow turns
This scenic ride heads through rolling grasslands and past several vineyards and wineries. Start in Elgin. (From Sierra Vista at Hwy 90/92: Hwy 90 north 13 miles; west (left) onto Hwy 82, 11 miles; south (left) onto Upper Elgin Road, 5 miles.) Ride south on Elgin-Canelo Road; turn west (right) onto Hwy 83; turn east (right) onto Elgin Road and follow it to your starting point.
Mountain Shadows Loop
Distance: 12 miles
Route: Paved, with shoulders and multi-use paths
Begin at United Methodist Church (3225 St. Andrews Drive). Exit the parking lot, heading south (left) onto St. Andrews Drive, 1 mile; right onto Kachina Trail, 0.5 mile; left onto Cherokee Avenue (a shared use path), cross Yaqui Street to continue on shared use path extension, pass the LDS Church on your right, to Ramsey Canyon Road, 2 miles; right onto Ramsey Canyon Road for an exciting downhill roll, 0.6 mile; north (left) onto Equestrian; cross Kachina Trail, where Equestrian becomes St. Andrews Drive, 3.1 miles; finish at the United Methodist Church.
Inhabited since 600 A.D., the Garden Canyon Village Site is listed on the National Register of Historical Places. Archaeologists have found evidence of Hohokam, Mogollon, Trincheras, and Casa Grandes cultures including 53 pictographs (painted rock art) from some of its earliest residents, as well as Apache pictographs from the 1700s. The canyon is easily and fully accessible from hiking trails winding through some of the most diverse flora and fauna in Arizona. You’ll see a wide variety of wildlife, from deer to javelinas, and birders should be ready to add many special species to their “life list.” Allow 1 hour. Note: Garden Canyon is occasionally closed for military maneuvers.
Directions: From the Fort Huachuca Main Gate, follow Squier Ave. 2 miles to the Garden Canyon sign on left; continue to Range Control; right on Range Road to Garden Canyon | (800) 288-3861 or (520) 533-3000 | Website
Take a fascinating stroll through Tombstone Arizona's history. This highly acclaimed tour has been said to be as entertaining as it is informative. We invite you to find out why! Dr. Jay's unique presentation style which he dubs "edutainment" combines history with humor in such a way so as to always make the process a memorable one. Experience an intimate encounter with Tombstone, AZ history. Hear amazing tales of gunfighters, miners, soiled doves and more. Call Dr. Jay for reservations and tour times.
Tombstone, AZ 85638 | Reservations: (520) 457-9876 | Website
Rock Climbing and Hiking
Whether you are seeking a physically challenging quest, Native American history and culture, or nature's allure, Tombstone Adventure Company will have the right adventure for you! Whichever adventure you choose, you will experience boundless natural beauty with up close views of the Cochise Stronghold region and a bird's eye view of the San Pedro Valley into Mexico. Come explore one of the most unique and biologically diverse areas in North America. We will guide you off the beaten path and into this unique area where the Rocky and Sierra Madre Mountain life zones converge with the Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts. A U.S. Forest Service permitted company.
(520) 457-8514 | More Information
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 Faraway Ranch.
Directions: 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
Rock climbing, hiking, and great photography. The mountain range is one of Arizona's sky islands. Mount Glenn (7,520 ft/2,292 m) is the highest point in the range. The Little Dragoon Mountains are the continuation of the Dragoon Mountains north of Texas Canyon. The warrior Cochise and his army defeated a small force of Confederate soldiers here at the First Battle of Dragoon Springs but was defeated at the Second Battle of Dragoon Springs a few days later. There are several ghost towns in the Dragoon Mountains including Gleeson and Courtland. The Amerind Museum of Native American art is located a short drive off I-10 at the Dragoon exit. Located just off I-10 between Benson & Willcox.
Willcox Flyer Bike Ride
A bike ride from Willcox to the Chiricahua National Monument- 8 miles, 15 miles, 33 miles, 66 miles starting at Historic Railroad Ave Park in Willcox, Arizona. The 2nd Annual Willcox Flyer Bike Ride will took place on Saturday, August 30th, 2014. Riders may choose between an 8, 33, or 66 mile, out and back course. Riders leave town on Highway 186 and make their way up a gradual climb until they reach the 33 mile turn around point on top of the iconic Dos Cabezas Mountains. If continuing, riders enjoy a scenic route with rolling hills and wide open rangeland until they reach the entrance to Chiricahua National Monument. Temperatures are on average 10 degrees cooler than Tucson.
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