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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 Springtime and explore attractions such as golfing, stargazing, climbing, hiking, wine tasting, and wildflowers.

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Adventure into the beautiful scenery of Cochise County’s wide-open spaces on a hiking trail or two. Discover the wonder of southeastern Arizona along mountain trails or scenic waterways. Trails offer enough versatility for novice to advanced hikers, so there is no need to be an elite athlete. Come prepared with sunscreen, water, and hat. Lace up your boots and head out for some great hiking.


Carr Canyon Nature Trail in the Huachuca Mountains is a popular trail. Less than two miles in length, the trail offers numerous benches for hikers who want to rest or enjoy the local wildlife. Visitors who venture to this well-liked canyon can stop by the Carr House Information Center for suggestions on area hikes.


Known as the “wonderland of rocks,” the terrain of the Chiricahua National Monument includes Big Balanced Rock and other soaring geologic formations. These rock pinnacles, many of which are balanced on small bases, can rise hundreds of feet into the air. Visitors can choose from 14 trails, between easy and strenuous.


This rugged natural fortress was home base for Chiricahua Apache leader, Cochise. Among its many hiking paths is the popular Stronghold Nature Trail. The easy trail is just under a mile long. Cochise Stronghold is located in the Coronado National Forest; day-use or camping fees may apply.


Visitors can choose from several trails at the Coronado National Memorial. Coronado Peak Trail is an easy hike of less than half a mile. Joe’s Canyon Trail is a more moderate three-mile hike, while the more strenuous Crest Trail is more than five miles.


Hiking the 1.5 miles into Fort Bowie National Historic Site, visitors can view interpretive exhibits about the Apache Wars of the late 1800s. This former military outpost is reached by a trail that meanders past the ruins of the Butterfield Stage Station, the old Chiricahua Apache agency, a cemetery, and Apache Springs before arriving at the old adobe fort. Benches and rest areas make the 3-mile round-trip easy for novice hikers.

Canyon towhee at San Pedro House


The nationally-known birding destination, San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area, is also a hiking hotspot. Trails include the San Pedro House Interpretive Loop, an easy 1.5-mile route taking hikers past ponds, historical attractions, and animal habitats. The San Pedro River Trail Complex is a long-distance trail of nearly 30 miles; trail information is available at the San Pedro House.


Unlike courses in colder, wetter regions, Cochise County’s golf courses are operational year-round. Though you have headed south, the temperatures are anywhere from 5 to 15 degrees cooler than those in the Phoenix Valley. Even on the hotter summer days, it is easy to get in a quick nine during the morning hours.

You may be struck by the landscape as desert golf showcases the surrounding natural landscape, in large contrast to the lush course greens. Local ocotillo, yucca, and even prickly pear make for great wildlife hiding spots. As you move along the course, you may see local birds with their migratory friends, and a fair share of rabbits and lizards, and maybe a coyote. Even if you are not much of a golfer now, you may change your mind as you see what the sport has to offer in the high deserts of Cochise County.

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When you wish upon a star in Cochise County, it is just a different experience than in the light-clouded sphere of the city.

Cochise County, with comfortable temperatures year-round and clear skies free from city lights, is an ideal stargazing holiday. All it takes is looking up, at a tranquil area in Chiricahua National Monument or Kartchner Caverns State Park, or an off-the-beaten path camping spot, to fall in love with Cochise County’s star-studded skies. Whether a novice stargazer or expert astronomer, Cochise County will take you on a galactic journey with some of Arizona’s best astronomy.


Climbing in Cochise County is most prevalent in the Dragoon Mountains and especially Cochise Stronghold. The Stronghold is a spectacular landscape of rugged canyons and towering granite domes. Cochise Stronghold has long had a reputation for very bold backcountry climbing. Today, there are also many, well-protected routes. Routes range from one to seven pitches in length and vary between 5.6 to 5.12 in difficulty. The Stronghold is an area of tremendous beauty and cultural significance. Treat it with due respect, and keep in mind that many other user groups enjoy the Stronghold as well. Those seeking traditional, multi-pitch climbing will have a special appreciation for climbing in the Dragoon Mountains.

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Southeast Arizona wildflowers start to bloom in the spring. After the monsoons begin there is a plethora of colors starring in their own rainbow across Cochise County. The varieties of flowers are many. And, the blooming often starts with the cactus.

Cacti blooming as the nights warm up, include the reds from the Cane Cholla, pinks of Pincushion cacti, and yellows and oranges from the Prickly Pear – all brightening the high desert landscape. The Velvet Mesquite adds its whitish yellow flowers hanging from the branches. Whether hiking, biking, or walking, you will be delighted at the sight of new blooms. With the monsoons, Southeast Arizona wildflowers explode throughout the county. The ground will get enough rain to germinate last year’s seed and will add many new red, orange, yellow, purple, and white flowers to the mix of green yucca, cacti, and ocotillo.


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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Looking for more seasonal information? Check out the resources below.


1 Visit Cochise County in the Wintertime and explore attractions such as festivals, Santa, mural walk, arts and culture, birding, and hiking. Visit
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 Fall and explore attractions such as festivals, western lifestyle, wine tasting, farms and produce, cycling, and leaf peeping. Visit


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