Follow the road less travelled to Cochise County, Arizona, the Land of Legends. This was once the stomping grounds of Lawman Wyatt Earp, Apache leaders Cochise and Geronimo, Sheriff John Slaughter, Conquistador Francisco Vasques de Coronado, Mexican Revolucionario Pancho Villa, and the Buffalo Soldiers. Relive their remarkable legacy as you explore the Land of Legends located in the southeastern corner of Arizona.
Find out about indigenous peoples and the evolution of tribal entities at the Amerind Museum in Texas Canyon. Also visit the Chiricahua National Monument and imagine the Apache stronghold as it was in the 1860s while you view the Monument’s amazing balancing rocks, stone columns, and rock spires.
Coronado National Memorial commemorates the first exploration of the American Southwest by Europeans in 1540. In the city of Douglas, where Hispanic, Anglo, and Native American Cultures have mixed for hundreds of year, be sure to visit the Gadsden Hotel where Pancho Villa is reported to have ridden his horse up the marble staircase.
Tombstone, “The Town too Tough to Die” — just the name conjures up vivid images of the Old West, but a visit to Tombstone Courthouse State Park will tell you the real story about Tombstone’s colourful past. Originally constructed in 1882 as the newly formed Cochise County’s Courthouse, the building contains fascinating exhibits and artifacts about ranching, mining, gambling and some notable residents.
If you want to see life as it was on a 19th century cattle ranch, take a trip to Slaughter Ranch Museum. John Slaughter, former Texas Ranger and Cochise County Sheriff, bought the property in 1884 and spent the remainder of his life developing it into a thriving southwestern cattle ranch, despite the harassment from Geronimo and his band as they crossed into Mexico.
The new legend in Cochise County is wine! Vineyards and wine-tasting rooms are springing up everywhere. Most of the grapes for Arizona wines are produced right here in the County near the Willcox area. After a day of hiking and exploring, what better way to unwind than with a taste of the County’s local wine?
The communities of Cochise County, Benson, Bisbee, Douglas, Sierra Vista, Tombstone and Willcox, all have something special to offer a visitor, from antiques and art galleries to museums and mine tours. The County offers a treasure trove of lodging choices too. Legendary birding can be found year-round with sandhill cranes and hawks in the winter and humming birds and the migratory fly through in the summer.