Get real in Cochise County – a wonderland of natural beauty, medal-winning wines, world-renowned birding, and extensive history all tucked in Arizona’s southeast corner.
Stand in awe of real wonders. Chiricahua National Monument (Willcox) was formed by humongous volcanic eruptions some 120 million years ago, then eroded into millions of balancing rocks and hoodoos. Kartchner Caverns State Park’s (Benson) living cave is home to one of the world's longest soda straw stalactites. Its formations continue to evolve and grow. Both park sites have been designated as International Dark Sky Parks by the International Dark-Sky Association. Coronado National Memorial (Sierra Vista) is a nearly 5,000-acre park site inspired by the epic journey through arid deserts and rugged mountains to find the legendary vast cities of gold.
Nosh on real exceptional cuisine. From German to Japanese, Mexican to BBQ, food trucks to white tablecloth restaurants, enjoy a buffet of delectable cuisine. Savor real local drink. The County has five breweries boasting distinctly flavored brews. Plus, 74% of Arizona’s wine grapes are grown in the Willcox area. There are roughly 30 tasting rooms in the region. In the U.S., this region is so unique it was granted AVA status.
Find birding spots that are real “hot.” Approximately 400 bird species call the County home or “hub” at some point during the year, including 14 species of hummingbirds. In fact, Sierra Vista is known as the “Hummingbird Capital of the United States.” Whether birding or biking, hiking or rock climbing, camping or star gazing, enjoy real adventure in wide-open spaces.
Explore the real Wild West history mixed with modern culture. The old mining town of Bisbee is an artist community with quaint charm and a bustling history. Art galleries, antique stores, trinket shops, historic hotels, and old-fashioned saloons make Bisbee unique. Douglas celebrates being home to the first international airport with its Border Air Museum; its smelting town history is captured in the Douglas-Williams House; and the town’s Art Car World provides a glimpse into a unique art culture.
Visit ExploreCochise.com to plan your adventure. Step away from it all and GET REAL.