Make this year a legendary one by focusing on family, friends and yourself, while enjoying the attractions of Cochise County.
As is tradition, you’ve probably now reflected on 2017 and decided to make resolutions for the year ahead. But by February, more than 80 percent of people have already broken those resolutions. If you are one of those souls already lost among sodas, social media and comfy sofa pillows, set your fear of failure aside. Cochise County supports your goals in the New Year! Here are some of the top resolutions for 2018 and how Cochise County’s small towns offer legendary results.
Whether hiking, biking or climbing, Cochise County offers plenty of ways to get your heart pumping. Hike some of Bisbee’s thousands of stairs, where staircases stand in for sidewalks on the hills of this old mining town. Borrow a bike from the Sierra Vista public library and ride a piece of bike-friendly America. Or climb the rugged rocks at Cochise Stronghold, which served as a refuge for the famous Apache Indian leader of the same name. Later on, give your taste buds a workout, as you savor a flight of wine at one of 11 tasting rooms in downtown Willcox, home to 75 percent of Arizona’s wine grapes.
Be more adventurous
Take the Bird Cage Theatre Ghost Tour in Tombstone to visit one of the West’s most famous – and haunted – landmarks, circa 1881. Legend has it 26 people were killed at the Bird Cage, a former brothel and gambling hall.
Then, if your lungs aren’t too tired from outrunning ghosts, Benson’s Arena Bar challenges you to karaoke. Can’t sing to the music? Swing to the music! Try your hand at Western dancing. Arena Bar also hosts rodeos and roping events throughout the year.
Be in the moment
Shift your focus from Twitter to “Tweety.” Birdwatching is one of the many reasons people travel to Cochise County. Birding hotspots, events and tours offer potential sightings of more than 400 species of birds.
Continue your mindfulness into the night. With comfortable temperatures and clear skies, Cochise County is ideal for stargazing. Visit an observatory or take your telescope off the beaten path to soak up star-studded skies.
Focus on relationships
Grab the family and head to Tombstone, “The Town too Tough to Die,” for magnificent history lessons and gunfight reenactments. Thrills, chills and spills abound at the O.K. Corral – site of the most famous gunfight in the Wild West.
Then trade your cowboy boots for hiking shoes and point your compass toward Carr Canyon. There are nature trails for strolling, plus more adventurous hikes that lead to scenic overlooks and a breathtaking seasonal waterfall. The Carr House Visitor Center offers displays and exhibits of historical and natural significance.
Get more cultured
Savor the culinary rainbow of Cochise County, with fare ranging from German to Japanese, Mexican to chuckwagon. Sierra Vista is home to the German Café, named in Arizona Highways’ Best Restaurants List in 2011 and 2014. The combination of German staff and German cooking creates an undeniably authentic experience. The proof is in the potato salad!
In Douglas, Mana Restaurant and Bakery recently celebrated its one-year anniversary, capturing a “Best of Douglas” award. Cuisine is just the beginning of your adventure in Douglas, as this sister town to Agua Prieta, Sonora, shares the beauty and heritage of Northern Mexico. Discover the finest curios, handmade jewelry, pottery, woven blankets, home furnishings and more on both sides of the border.
Less screen time
Turn off your laptop and turn on your headlamp as you head underground and back in time. Bisbee’s Queen Mine Tour provides a glimpse into the community’s 1800s heyday. Ride the train deep into the mountain, search for remaining veins of copper and gold, and experience the lives of miners as they toiled in the subterranean tunnels.
Craving your video games? Benson holds a beautiful replica of the original train depot built more than a century ago, which is now home to the visitors center. There you can sit down as engineer at the replica AAR Control Stand and drive the center’s “G” Scale train around 96 feet of track. You can even earn a souvenir Benson Train Engineer certificate. It’s better than XBox any day.
Cochise County is the Land of Legends, but that didn’t happen overnight. Neither will your resolution results. Cochise County is key to a legendary makeover, whether you resolve to drop pounds, gain new traditions, find adventure, spend time with your family or just relax. But you have to make the first move.
Discover the Wild West with gunfight reenactments, stagecoaches and railways. Savor a smorgasbord of treats, from food trucks to fine dining, microbrews to award-winning wine. Explore where cowboys and conquistadors walked before you. Small towns, legendary results – Cochise County, Arizona.
Brought to you by the Cochise County Tourism Council, (520) 432-9215, www.ExploreCochise.com.