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 Wintertime and explore attractions such as festivals, Santa, mural walk, arts and culture, birding, and hiking.
Looking for some fun activities to get you out of the house during the holiday season? Or maybe ways to entertain the kids during winter break? Here are a few community festivals that will help put the “win” in your winter excursion to Cochise County.
Southern Arizona has some of the best bird watching in the world. People come from all over to see many rare species found in few other places. With some of the most diverse landscape in Arizona, Cochise County is home to more than 400 species of birds. It is no surprise the American Birding Association has called it the “Birdiest Inland County in the United States.”
Wings Over Willcox – The Wings over Willcox festival is held over Martin Luther King, Jr Weekend. It is a wonderful opportunity to see the winter migrants and southwest bird species that are found in the Sulphur Springs Valley. The festival provides many opportunities to explore nature in Southeast Arizona through tours for photography, geology, archeology, history, botany, agriculture, and ranching. A nature expo in the Willcox community center has educational booths, live animal displays, and a wide variety of vendors with nature-related crafts and wares. Free seminars about many different topics are offered throughout the day in the community center.
SANTAS IN THE PARK
There is much “Claus” for celebration when the Old World Santas return to Veterans Memorial Park in Sierra Vista from December 1st through December 31st.
The hand-painted Old World Santas first debuted in 2006 and became a hallmark of the holiday season. In 2019, the Santas were reproduced on long-lasting material thanks to generous community support from the City’s Save the Santas campaign. Today, you can enjoy 51 Old World Santas hard at work: painting and hauling toys, baking cookies, pushing sleighs and tending to children or animals.
Each year two of the Santas will be reproduced as ornaments, and you can take home your very own reminder of this awesome exhibit, or send them to family and friends!
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.
In June 2013, Benson Clean and Beautiful, Inc. was revitalized with the idea of creating outdoor murals that would celebrate the history and culture of Cochise County and of Benson.
Several popular murals were already painted. The most famous was on the Horseshoe Café – which has now been restored to its original splendor – and series of murals were painted on wall panels close to the Benson Visitor Center. During the first year of activity more than a dozen new murals were added.
Today, there are 42 murals throughout the town (and eight more planned), from Kachinas to cowboys, cattle drives to vintage cars, bears, cats, and dogs, to many of the people who helped make Benson and Cochise County what they are today.
Looking for more seasonal information? Check out the resources below.
|1||Visit Cochise County in the Springtime and explore attractions such as golfing, stargazing, climbing, hiking, wine tasting, and wildflowers.||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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