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WITH A RICH HERITAGE FROM AMERICAN INDIAN SETTLERS, OLD WEST OUTLAWS, MINERS STRIKING IT RICH, AND REVERED AMERICAN SOLDIERS, COCHISE COUNTY BOASTS A UNIQUE BLEND OF ALL THE PIECES THAT MAKE THE WEST WHAT IT IS TODAY.
Cochise County is filled with a rich history, going all the way back to the prehistoric natural wonder of Kartchner Caverns up to the infamous shootout at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone and beyond. But nature might be what Cochise County does best. With its warm-but-not-hot high desert climate and beautiful mountains, getting outdoors is easy in Southern Arizona. Explore the unique rock formations along about 17 miles of trails in Chiricahua National Monument, near the town of Willcox. Or get a hike with a history lesson at Coronado National Memorial, near the commercial hub of Sierra Vista, to learn about the Coronado Expedition that took Spanish explorers through the area in the 1540s in search of gold.
From town to town, Cochise County invites visitors to explore different eras of Western history. Bisbee, an iconic mining town-turned artist community, gives you the opportunity to delve deep into the cool Cooper Queen Mine. In Tombstone, you’ll find Old Western-style saloons and shops lining the town’s main drag—a dusty road featuring wooden-plank sidewalks—and you won’t want to miss a reenactment of the shoot out at the O.K. Corral. Just to the west of Sierra Vista lies historic Fort Huachuca. The still-active Army base was home to the Buffalo Soldiers and features museums telling the military history of Southern Arizona.
Depending on where you’d like to make your basecamp in Cochise County, there are plenty of lodging options. As the largest city in the county, Sierra Vista offers larger hotel chains while the smaller communities such as Bisbee, Willcox and Tombstone boast historic hotels alongside rustic B&Bs. RV Parks and campgrounds are also available.
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Bisbee, AZ 85603
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