While we are well away from the fast pace of life, there is still much to do in this area. Whether you are staying a week or a season, you’ll find everything you need within reach.
Peloncillo Mountains Wilderness – The mountains form a long arc from just south of the Mexican border to near Clifton in Greenlee County, Arizona, a distance of about 100 miles. Managed by the Bureau of Land Management., the wilderness with its rugged mountains and canyons offers outstanding opportunities for primitive recreation, including hiking, backpacking, rock scrambling, hunting, and sightseeing.
Hidalgo County, NM – full of history and culture, the wilderness and community of Hidalgo County can show you why New Mexico is the Land of Enchantment.
Shakespeare Ghost Town – in Hidalgo County, NM, is a privately owned ranch listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.
Chiricahua Desert Museum – has a little something for everyone. Learn about the local flora and fauna, the rich history of the area, and enjoy the art and artifacts on display. With an extensive gift shop, you can purchase snacks and relax outside at the picnic tables. They are open seven days a week and most holidays.
Chiricahua Gallery – a non-profit, cooperative art gallery, its mission includes enriching the cultural and educational opportunities for the residents of Rodeo, New Mexico, Portal, Arizona, and surrounding areas through concerts and cultural programs, scholarships for local high school seniors, and art workshops.
Silver City, NM – a shining Southwestern town with historical ties to Billy the Kid, Geronimo, and the gateway to the Gila National Forest, this quirky little gem offers something for everyone.
Rockhound State Park – The rugged slopes of the Little Florida Mountains are the setting for this park, which boasts trails, unique geology, wildflower displays, and a peaceful campground. The stunning scenery of the Spring Canyon unit of the park provides a quiet area for hiking or picnicking.
City of Rocks State Park – The rock formations at the park are so unique that they are only known to exist in six other places in the world.
Columbus, NM – is home to Pancho Villa State Park and within walking distance to shopping in Old Mexico.
Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument – was home to the Ancestral Pueblo people for thousands of years. Today it is a popular destination with hiking trails, educational programs and quiet places for picnics. Learn about the Mogollon culture and the history of this land.
Chiricahua Mountains – are the largest of Arizona’s Sky Island mountain ranges and the second highest. The Chiricahua National Monument features a wonderland of rock spires eroded from layers of ash deposited by the Turkey Creek Volcanic eruption 27 million years ago. The Chiricahua Wilderness is home to a fascinating diversity of both plant and animal life, as well as some of the Southwest’s most spectacular geology. This 87,700-acre wilderness covers much of the upper slopes and inner canyons of the mountain range.
Chiricahua National Monument – with 11,985 acres to explore the “Wonderland of Rocks.” The 8-mile paved scenic drive and 17-miles of day-use hiking trails provide opportunities to discover the natural sounds and inhabitants of this beautiful area.
Southwestern Research Station – is a year-round field station under the direction of the Science Department at the American Museum of Natural History. The Nature Shop is open annually Thursday through Sunday, March 1 through October 31. Guests are welcome to stop in anytime from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM or from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.
Cave Creek Canyon – a hidden gem with spectacular cliffs, flowing streams, and abundant wildlife. Many visitors have referred to Cave Creek Canyon as “Arizona’s Yosemite.”
The George Walker House – is a historic home located in the ghost town of Paradise, AZ.
John Slaughter Ranch – takes you back in time as you visit the historic ranch near Douglas, Arizona. Texas John Slaughter was one of the Southwest’s most beloved characters and most feared lawmen. At the ranch, you can enjoy the scenery, wildlife, and atmosphere that has been left mostly untouched since Texas John Slaughter’s time.
Kartchner Caverns State Park – was discovered in 1974 and has been meticulously preserved. There are several tour options available to ensure all visitors, regardless of ability, enjoy the natural caverns. If you are visiting M-F, you may want to have a meal at Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant in Benson, AZ. A small cantina with some of the best food you’ll ever have.
Gadsden Hotel – when you step into the lobby, you are stepping back in time. Opened in 1907, it was a favorite meeting place for cattlemen, ranchers, miners, and businesspeople.
Bisbee, AZ – the lively early-twentieth-century downtown draws visitors from around the world. A mining town with a diverse history, today, Bisbee is known as a culturally rich community that includes an active and varied population, offering visitors a vibrant mix of art, music, history, architecture, outdoor activities, dining, and nightlife.
Tombstone, AZ – known for its Wild West history, you can explore the streets walked by lawmen and outlaws alike.
Cochise County, AZ – offers historical and natural wonders. Whether you are looking for fine dining and local wines or spending your time in nature, this area of Arizona has plenty to choose.