Stunning desert region of the state / SOUTHERN ARIZONA
unique jewelry, galleries and antiques. Take time out
to refuel with off erings from Jimmy’s Hot Dog Company
to the Mimosa Market.
John Slaughter Ranch
Visit the home of one of the most famous lawmen
in the West. Tour the grounds and buildings to
see what life was like in the restored adobe ranch
house, ice house, wash house, granary, commissary
and car shed. No pets allowed. slaughterranch.com.
OLD CAMP RUCKER RANCH
Camp Rucker was an Army post in the late 1800’s.
Wander through the remains of the offi cer’s quarters,
barn and an adobe ruin. ghosttowns.com.
THE GADSDEN HOTEL
Drop in for a drink or a stay at this local and national
treasure built in 1907. thegadsdenhotel.com.
BELLE STARR’S SILVERADO RANCH
Located on Hwy. 80, come out and explore life at
the ranch, camp and stay awhile. Meet Belle Starr
and see the ranch’s 40 horses, two dozen donkeys,
mules and a massive assortment of birds. Th e
mission of the nonprofi t ranch is to provide a place
for the disabled, veterans and touring artists to get
some therapeutic R&R. Cabins and RV sites with
hookups available. (520) 432-3464.
Off AZ Hwy. 80, allow two hours to explore the
historic district of Douglas. Listed in Guinness
Book of World Records as the only intersection
in the nation containing four diff erent churches:
Southern Baptist, Presbyterian, Episcopal, and
Bird Cage Theatre
Th is Western icon had its grand opening on Dec
24, 1881. It gained a reputation as one of the
wickedest theaters between New Orleans and San
Francisco. Open to the public for tours. tombstonebirdcage.
Tour the graveyard where Western legends and
household names are buried … or are they? Stop in
the Tombstone Boothill Gift shop for some insight.
TOMBSTONE COURTHOUSE STATE HISTORIC PARK
Th e two-story Victorian courthouse has been
converted to a museum dedicated to the legacy of
the West’s wildest mining town. azstateparks.com/
Visit the West’s most famous gunfi ght site. Daily
reenactments of the fi ght will give you a feeling of
what happened that day. Walk through the stables,
meet the blacksmith, pan for gemstones, sit in a
period-buggy and more. ok-corral.com.
Th e hall is the largest standing adobe structure still
existent in the Southwest. It was built in 1881 as
a fi rst class opera house, theater, recital hall, and a
meeting place for Tombstone citizens. facebook.
Th e winery is on historic Allen Street, near the
O.K. Corral. It is a family owned, fully operating
A bird and nature lover’s paradise, Patagonia off ers
live music, wine pairings, movies, lectures, ranching
activities, festivals, retreats, fl ea markets and more.
Th e Sky Islands are the place to go for biking, birding,
camping and cowboy culture. patagoniaaz.com.
Rex Allen Museum
Inside the museum, you’ll see memorabilia from the
last of the singing cowboys of Western movie fame.
WILLCOX WINE COUNTRY
Th e consortium consists of ten wineries and tasting
rooms. Th is area grows 74 percent of Arizona’s wine
grapes and is the source of the most highly-rated
Arizona wines by Wine Spectator – 45 wines rated
“88-90” over the past fi ve years.
HISTORIC RAILROAD AVENUE PARK
Th e Railroad Avenue Historic District contains
the original Railroad Station and the community’s
fi rst public park. Sit and watch the trains roll by. It’s
located off Railroad Avenue.
San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area
Th e protected area includes Murray Springs Clovis
Site, a signifi cant archaeological site that contains
an undisturbed stratigraphic record, the Spanish
Presidio Santa Cruz de Terrenate is the most intact
example of a once-extensive network of similar
presidios and the San Pedro House, located 9 miles
east of Sierra Vista on State Highway 90, is a popular
trailhead for birdwatchers, hikers, and mountain
Th e canyon has 53 pictographs and Apache
pictographs from the 1700s. Th e canyon is easily
accessible from hiking trails and will take about
an hour to view. Garden Canyon is occasionally
closed for military maneuvers. explorecochise.com/
HENRY F. HAUSER MUSEUM AND GIFT SHOP
On Tacoma Street, the museum is named for the
former college football star, avid golfer, career
soldier, city council member and city magistrate,
school board member and former mayor of Sierra
Kartchner Caverns State Park
Feed your love of nature by taking one of the
many trails around the state park after your cave
tour. Voted the “Best Arizona Attraction” by USA
Today, it is recommended you make online tour
reservations before your day trip. azstateparks.com/
Th is town pays tribute to its railroad heritage with
a traditional depot. Th e kids will love the new train
simulator at the visitor’s center.
HOLY TRINITY MONASTERY
No longer an active monastery, visitors are welcome
to enjoy the solitude and take some time for refl ection.
Yuma Territorial Prison
Experience life in the Arizona Territory along the
Colorado River. Visit the cells and the cemetery
and even take your own mug shot! yumaprison.org.
CASTLE DOME MINES
Th is nonprofi t museum and ghost town is dedicated
to preserving Castle Dome City. Th ere are over
50 buildings to explore. castledomemuseum.org.
WEST WETLANDS PARK AND CENTENNIAL BEACH
Th e 110‐acre park has 30 acres that are restored
with native trees and grasses, and an additional 30
acres of the “upper bench” off er a lake, picnic ramadas,
parking, lighting, a boat launch and boat trailer
parking area off of Centennial Beach. yumaaz.gov.
YUMA CROSSING NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA
Discover the Yuma Riverfront and enjoy the multiuse
trail, art galleries, wineries and pubs, eateries,
nature trail, canoe trips, river tubing, museums and
YUMA PROVING GROUND HERITAGE CENTER
YPG Heritage Center has exhibits on Yuma
Proving Ground’s WWII beginnings and mission
through the years. visityuma.com.
Oracle State Park
Take self-guided and guided tours of the Historic
Kannally Ranch House. Th e park off ers several
hiking trails for all ages and evening stargazers are
ACADIA RANCH MUSEUM
Th e museum off ers letters, photos and other memorabilia
from several of Oracle’s noteworthy authors,
including Eulalia “Sister” Bourne, Elizabeth Lambert
Wood, Harold Bell Wright and Edward Abbey;
cowboy artifacts and memorabilia from several area
ranches, as well as author manuscripts, letters and
other important examples of material and visual
culture that best refl ect this region’s rich ethnic
diversity and history. oraclehistoricalsociety.org.
Th ere are three well-known golf courses in Santa
Cruz County: Esplendor Resort at the Rio Rico Golf
Club, Tubac Golf Resort, Kino Springs Golf Club.
Nogales and the surrounding area is a Dark Skies
area due to the Fred Whipple Observatory in the
Santa Rita Mountains. Dark skies provide stargazing
opportunities year round.
PENA BLANCA LAKE AND PATAGONIA LAKE
Both areas off er fi shing and boating experiences for
individuals and families alike.
Start your expedition of the Historic Anza Trail
from Nogales to the San Francisco Bay area. Begin
at the 1904 Courthouse in downtown, stop at Las
Lagunas on Country Club Drive, continue north
through Rio Rico to the Tumacacori National
Historical Park, and end at the Tubac Presidio State
Historical Park. Th e entire drive with stops can be
done in a few hours, or spend an entire day biking
or hiking the trail.
Th e Sonoita/ Elgin area is among the very fi rst winegrowing
regions to be granted American Viticulture
Area (AVA) status by the federal government. Visit a
dozen wineries in this region. nogalesaz.gov.