GrasslandsTo us, Cochise County means natural beauty & adventure. Here are great outdoor opportunities for hiking, rock climbing, camping, picnicking, & bird watching. This County also has great opportunities for peaceful relaxation, particularly at the many Inns, B&B's, & guest ranches. Whether it's adventure or tranquility you seek, you can easily find it here.

Cochise County is vast & diverse, with long stretches of open road between settlements. Here you will find high mountain forests, such as the Chiricahuas where Cochise, and later, Geronimo once hunted and sought protection for their people. Cochise County is named after the great Apache Chief Cochise whose story can be found here.

Cochise County has seas of grasslands with circling raptors, playas where Sandhill Cranes winter, and magnificent preserves, like Ramsey Canyon & the San Pedro River, with their wild critters, including black bear & coatimundi, and dozens of rare bird species.

This beautiful landscape is dotted with modern vineyards & wineries, from Sonoita to Dos Cabezas to Willcox. Just south of Benson is Karchner Caverns State Park, one of the West's premier cave tours.

Fort Bowie Ruins

Fort Bowie Ruins

Haunting the landscape are ghost towns, such as Gleeson & Pearce, and sites of seriously historic importance, such as Fort Huachuca, home of the Buffalo Soldiers, and Fort Bowie, built to protect the Butterfield Stages that carried mail & passengers through the extreme danger of Apache Pass on their way from St. Louis to San Francisco.

Cochise County is also home to two historic cities that should be ghost towns, but are very much alive today: Bisbee & Tombstone. Only 25 miles apart, you can experience the Old West of the 1880;s and the New West of the early 20th century.

Southern Arizona Guide has dozens of original videos, slideshows, and articles about the living history that is Bisbee & Tombstone, plus many dining & lodging reviews to help our visitors make informed choices.

For more information about Cochise County in general and Bisbee & Tombstone in particular, just click on their respective hot spots on our Cochise County map or find link below.

Visit some of the cities in Cochise County. Some more famous than others.
Benson - Home of Kartchner Caverns State Park.
Bisbee - Home of the Queen Mine. A quirky town with some very good restaurants.
Ghost Towns -  Courtland, Douglas, Gleeson, Pearce, Paradise, Portal
Sierra Vista - Sierra Vista claims Ramsey Canyon Preserve, The Hummingbird Capital of the U.S. and The Fort Huachuca Museum, as well as the San Pedro River National Conservation Area.
Tombstone - The Town too Tough to Die lives on. Whether you go for history or tourism you can't help but enjoy yourself.
Willcox - A quaint cowtown slowly being taken over by wineries.

For things to do in Cochise County, Click on any hotspot. Clicking on the name in the pop-up balloon will bring up an article. Further below you will find plenty of suggestions and other articles of interest.

Tombstone: The Town Too Tough To Die Almost Did

By the 1930’s, Tombstone was dying. The mining boomtown of the 1880’s was long gone. In 1882, Tombstone residents numbered between 6,000 and 7,000. By the time these photographs were taken, the nation was deep in the Great Depression, and Tombstone was almost a ghost town.

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Wyatt Earp and the Earp Vendetta Ride

Wyatt and Doc

The Gunfight at the OK Corral in Tombstone was only the beginning of the murderous conflict between Wyatt Earp, his brothers and their friends, and the outlaw gang known as ‘The Cowboys’. ‘The Cowboys’ were about two-dozen hard riding, hard drinking ranchers and rustlers, their hired hands and gunslingers. Most … Continue reading

Send Some Apaches To New York. That’ll Show ‘Em!

Chiricahua Apaches 1886

Like so many others, I enjoy local histories. Understanding history is how I get a sense of the places and people I visit as I travel around Baja Arizona creating my videos, photographs, stories, and reviews to share with you on my Southern Arizona Guide. Of late, I have been reading extensively about the Apache […]

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Ghost Town Slideshow – Gleeson, Pearce, Courtland, Cochise, AZ

Cochise Hotel

Ghost Town Trail: A road trip through Southeastern Arizona from Gleeson to Courtland to Pearce to Cochise.
These were all mining boomtowns in the early decades of the 20th century. While each had its own distinct character, they all succumbed to the same fate. When their mines played out, the inhabitants left for better pickings.

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