Things To Do In Duncan Arizona

Historic Simpson Hotel B&B
Simpson Hotel Lobby. Duncan, AZ
3 Sisters Bakery: Duncan, Arizona
3 Sisters Bakery: Duncan, Arizona.
A little park area adjacent to 3 Sisters Bakery: Duncan, Arizona.
An Old West seating area next to the bakery in Duncan, Arizona.
Farmers' Market in the park: Duncan, Arizona.
Opera House: Duncan, Arizona. The front of the opera house serves as a stage for outdoor performances.
Stone Church: Duncan, Arizona.
Germaine's Emporium: Duncan, Arizona.
Germaine's Emporium: Duncan, Arizona. An amazing collection of old stuff in every room.
Germaine's Emporium: Duncan, Arizona. Here, one could hunt for antiques & collectables for days. .
Germaine's Antique Gun Room: Duncan, Arizona.
Germaine's Lonesome Dove Building: A collection of old cowboy paraphernalia.
Duncan Bank Building next to the Simpson Hotel B&B.
Saloon: Duncan, Arizona.
Riverside Lounge: Duncan, Arizona.
Antique fire trucks displayed on the main drag of Duncan, Arizona.
Duncan Theater on the main highway through town.
Ms. Karen purchases a few items at the Duncan Farmers' Market on the way outa town.

Simpson Hotel: Duncan, Arizona. For travelers, this is the most important place in Greenlee County. This beautifully restored old hotel is now a fine B&B. The Simpson first opened in 1914. It's a perfect base from which to spend a couple of days exploring Southeastern Arizona.

Simpson Hotel Lobby. Duncan, AZ. Deborah Mendelsohn is an excellent innkeeper who prepares a wonderful breakfast for her many guests.

3 Sisters Bakery now inhabits this restored brick building build in the early 20th century.

3 Sisters Bakery in Duncan is a very popular place.

A little park area adjacent to 3 Sisters Bakery: Duncan, Arizona.

An Old West seating area next to the bakery in Duncan, Arizona.

Farmers' Market in the park: Duncan, Arizona.

Opera House: Duncan, Arizona. The front of the opera house serves as a stage for outdoor performances.

Stone Church: Duncan, Arizona.

Germaine's Emporium: Duncan, Arizona. Antiques, collectables, guns, and a lot of miscellaneous stuff.

Germaine's Emporium: Duncan, Arizona. An amazing collection of old stuff in every room.

Germaine's Emporium: Duncan, Arizona. An amazing collection of old stuff in every room.

Germaine's Antique Gun Room: Duncan, Arizona.

Germaine's Lonesome Dove Building: A collection of old cowboy paraphernalia.

Duncan Bank Building next to the Simpson Hotel B&B.

Saloon: Duncan, Arizona.

Riverside Lounge: Duncan, Arizona.

Antique fire trucks displayed on the main drag of Duncan, Arizona.

Duncan Theater on the main highway through town.

Ms. Karen purchases a few items at the Duncan Farmers' Market on the way outa town.

The first time we visited Duncan we were on a 3-day road trip that included Clifton & Morenci as well as Black Hills Back Country Byway. Click HERE if you would like to see some of the interesting places not far from Duncan.

Here are our recommendations for Things To Do In Duncan Arizona; plus dining, lodging, & local history.

Duncan is a small farming town 5 miles west of the New Mexico border on Hwy 70 (Old West Highway). The town of Duncan was actually established in 1883 with the coming of the railroad, but the early settlement here was started in the 1870′s along the Gila River on an important stage & freight route. Duncan is named for the managing director of the Arizona Copper Company, Duncan Smith.

Duncan Merchantile 1895

Duncan Mercantile 1895

Duncan prospered until the Interstate Highway (I-10) was build further south. The new highway re-directed traffic away from Duncan and businesses began leaving the area. In 2001, local citizens formed the Duncan Pride Society and began restoring and re-purposing some of the old buildings. So far, they have done a splendid job.

Duncan Merchantile 1895

Duncan Drug Store 1895

There are primarily three reasons to visit Duncan. First, it’s a quaint little town worthy of a good walkabout. You can get a self-guided walking tour map at the Duncan Visitor Center on the main highway through town. It will guide you to more than 50 points of historical interest.The Visitor Center shares space with an interesting little shop called Country Chic Art Gallery & Crafts Boutique at 205 SE Old West Highway: 928-359-1955. Read More

Black Hills Back Country Byway

Old Safford Bridge built with convict labor over the Gila River on what is now the scenic Black Hills Back Country Byway.

Other than to explore the abandoned old downtown and a few scattered artifacts, there isn’t much to do in Clifton except take photographs and say you’ve been there. But there is a reason to go to Clifton. Clifton is the northern entrance to the Black Hills Back Country Byway, a … Continue reading