Cochise County has year-round attractions!
Cochise County has pleasant weather all year, a wide variety of activities and wide open spaces, and offers something for everyone from the solo traveler to families and groups.
Visit Cochise County in the Fall and explore attractions such as festivals, western lifestyle, wine tasting, farms and produce, cycling, and leaf peeping.
Ah, fall! You are never pressed for fun things to do, be it something as simple as a strolling through antique cars or as intimate as letting lanterns into the air with your dreams and wishes attached. With tidings of cooler temps and cozy dinners comes a flood of annual events across Cochise County, prepare to immerse yourself in local foods, traditions, and cultures.
Apple Annie’s Fall Pumpkin Celebration – At this old-fashioned family farm guests pick and purchase pumpkins and fall vegetables from the patch. Not only does it feature corn mazes, but the mega highlight is its dining options.
The orchard location offers an all-you-can-eat pumpkin and pancake breakfast in the morning, plus apple-smoked burgers are served for lunch, along with homemade cider and various pumpkin desserts. Make a day out of it and take the drive to Apple Annie’s in Willcox.
From the Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival in February to the Cochise College Rodeo in March, from the Willcox Wild West Fest & Chuck Wagon Cook-off in April to the Rex Allen Museum & Cowboy Hall of Fame open year round, Cochise County is full of Western Heritage. And during the fall, there’s no better way to put that cowboy hat to good use and get yer boots good and dirty than enjoying a good ol’ rodeo. Cochise County has two on back-to-back weekends that could bookend a fantastic itinerary.
Just outside Sierra Vista, you will find the Nature Conservancy Ramsey Canyon Preserve. At the world-renowned Preserve, the sudden rise of the Huachucas from neighboring arid grasslands create “sky islands”. These ecological crossroads harbor incredible habitat diversity. Plants like sycamores, maples, and columbines line Ramsey Creek, many times growing within just a few feet of cacti, yucca, and agaves. In Autumn, oranges, reds, and yellows envelop Ramsey Canyon. The colors of fall abound during late October and November and Fall Color Tours are available throughout.
The Chiricahua National Monument is a wonderland of rocks and one of the many abrupt mountain ranges – “sky islands” – rising out of Cochise County’s high desert basins. The Arizona sycamore grows in the lower canyon with a maple-like leaf that is reddish in the fall. “Maple Camp” is a small grove of maple trees surrounding the banks of a tiny stream called South Fork. Their crowning color is bright red. The mountains showcase juniper and pinyon pine, and in the fall beautiful flaming aspens are showcased at nearly 9,000 feet elevation. Whichever elevation or side of the Chiricahuas you decide to visit, you will be greeted with an unforgettable display of fall colors.
Looking for long, winding roads with minimal traffic? Cochise County won’t be outdone. Long stretches of road, ever-changing landscape, expansive blue skies, and gorgeous mountain ranges in every direction make your cycling adventure one to remember. Sierra Vista in particular has roughly 30 miles of multi-use paths and spans of asphalt to cycle, plus towns within around 30 minutes (by car) where you can settle in for a bite then pedal on.
The Willcox Bench in southeast Arizona grows 74% of Arizona’s wine grapes. This area is recognized as unique and distinctive wine growing region of the United States, so much so that it was recently granted AVA status (American Viticultural Area).
When you think of wine, you may not think of Arizona, but the elevation, climate, and soil in the Willcox Bench make for signature, medal-winning wines. Vineyards in this region are typically at 4,200 feet elevation and above, meaning vineyards are out of the low desert heat. Warm summer days and cool summer nights deliver a unique flavor to the grapes. Plus, Arizona has both summer and fall monsoon rain seasons, which provide another twist to the grape growing season. Finally, the rich alluvial and volcanic mixtures from the surrounding mountains are great for the grapes. Crush it up, and you have region wines with their own unique Arizona signature, standing tall among wines made anywhere in the world.
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|2||Visit Cochise County in the Summertime and explore attractions such as caverns, mines, mountain biking, birding, museums, and water recreation.||Visit|
|3||Visit Cochise County in the Wintertime and explore attractions such as festivals, Santa, mural walk, arts and culture, birding, and hiking||Visit|
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