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Mother Nature is a creative diva, and she was feeling her oats when she made Cochise County, Arizona. Her design resulted in an area with rich colours and a cozy climate. Sunsets flame over the horizon, majestic lavender mountains embrace the region, and national forests undulate in autumn hues of red and gold under vast blue skies. The climate formed by the high mountain ranges provides temperatures that inspire year-round travel. Cochise County truly tugs at your senses.
Savour Sierra Vista
Enjoy the mountain views that earned Sierra Vista its name, whether hiking, biking, birding, or climbing. Known as the Hummingbird Capital of the United States, the area hosts hundreds of bird species, including 13 hummingbird varieties. The city is rich with culinary selections and unexpected international eateries providing Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, Chinese, Italian, German, Asian-fusion, and Thai cuisine. Add rich Mexican dishes and cowboy fare, and you have a flavour-packed buffet.
Once a booming mining town, Bisbee has transformed into a vibrant artist community with over 10 splendid galleries. Stroll the streets and be delighted by creative touches adorning historic homes, colourful murals throughout town, and imaginative designs on its historic stairways. The Heritage Stairs beckon visitors to climb their steps, drawing crowds during the BISBEE 1000 Great Stair Climb in October. With nine staircases and 1000+ total steps across a 7.2-kilometre course, this event is a sight to see!
Willcox, Feel the Excitement
Delve into the rich cowboy heritage of Willcox, home to “Arizona’s Cowboy” Rex Allen and once Cowboy Capital of the World. In October, experience the excitement of Rex Allen Days, celebrating the town’s Western roots. Discover U-Pick orchards, chile and pistachio farms, and vineyards that cultivate 80 per cent of Arizona’s wine grapes. Delight in the Willcox Wine Country Fall Festival (October 21-23, 2023), an exhilarating event showcasing southern Arizona Wineries alongside local artists, crafts, and music. Recognized by Fodor’s Travel as a Top 10 wine festival in North America, this weekend-long celebration promises unforgettable moments you—and your wine glass—wouldn’t want to miss.
The Sounds of Douglas
Enchanting music and captivating stories await in this charming town. Hear whispers of history within the famous Hotel Gadsden, adorned with a marble staircase, gold-leaf ceilings, and a stunning 40-foot Tiffany-inspired stained-glass window. Feel the lively rhythm of local evening events, filled with delightful flavours under the stars. Fall in love with the people of Douglas and their affection for this vibrant border town.
Point and click your camera to easily capture some of America’s most breathtaking landscapes, from the captivating “Wonderland of Rocks” in Chiricahua National Monument to the majestic canyons of the Huachuca Mountains and the awe-inspiring vistas from Coronado National Memorial. Nestled in the Dragoons, don’t miss the stunning Texas Canyon, home of the Amerind Museum. Immerse yourself in this archaeological treasure trove, with exhibitions stretching from the Ice Age to modern times. Wander through galleries showcasing Western themes and contemporary Native American art as you embark on a visual journey that spans the ages.
Indulge your senses in Cochise County’s splendour. Prepare to fill up on fresh air, brilliant stars, and clear blue skies in southeast Arizona. Plan your trip to enjoy Mother Nature’s genius creation at ExploreCochise.com
© Courtesy of Kirk Rasmussen Located 90 miles southeast of Tucson and nestled among the Mule Mountains, Bisbee is the picturesque county seat of historic
Spring wildflowers bloom in the Coronado National Forest in Sierra Vista Arizona © Courtesy of the City of Sierra Vista Sierra Vista in southeastern Arizona
In Cochise County, Arizona: Real adventure awaits in these wide-open spaces! Hike, bike, bird, dine, wine, and stargaze