Updated: Apr 15
The Southeast corner of Arizona has delicious food, amazing vistas, and is home to the vineyards that grow 75% of the grapes for Arizona wines. First-time visitors, or those looking to explore more of the area, will love this itinerary for great recommendations all throughout the county. This is a land of open roads, zero traffic, no crowds and awe-inspring beauty around every corner. Read on to learn more about what Cochise County has to offer!
The Chiricahua National Monument is a place full of magical and gravity-defying hikes that have some of the most unique geography around. Come out to this National Monument and find breath-taking rock formations and some Cochise County history. Looking for more information on the hikes? Visit their website for a day hiking itinerary here.
While you're in Willcox, stop at one of their many tasting rooms on Kansas Settlement Road, including Bodega Pierce Vineyard, Flying Leap Vineyard & Distillery, Pillsbury Wine Company, Keeling-Schaefer and Zarpara Vineyard. Grab a delicious glass of wine, relax and observe the beauty of the area.
Finally, get a taste of Willcox at La Unica. A delicious Mexican restaurant with great food options! For a full list of all the places to wine and dine in Willcox, visit their community profile on the Local First Arizona Foundation website here.
Spend some time outside in the beautiful Sierra Vista wilderness and experience Ramsey Canyon with over 170 varieties of birds, also home to some of the most varieties of hummingbirds! Or start hiking a piece of the 800 mile Arizona National Scenic Trail, the first 21 miles are in Sierra Vista.
Take a wine and dine night with Sierra Vista's Tandem Upscale Dining and Lounge and a stop at Hoppin' Grapes where they offer a wide range of wine and beer, along with small bites, all of which can be ordered to-go/curbside.
Main Street photo courtesy of John Allen
Cafe Roka is a delicious experience in Bisbee featuring locally sourced ingredients, exciting flavor combinations, and regional influences. Currently, they offer multiple to-go options, featuring a different region every weekend. Follow them on social media to see the rotating menu.
Go for an urban hike on one of the thousands of staircases that wind throughout Old Bisbee and offer breathtaking vista views and photo ops. Then stop in at The Old Bisbee Brewing Company for one of their many artisanal brews.
Stroll down the historic Main Street and visit any number of Bisbee's locally owned shops and galleries. For a full list, virtually visit our shops here.
Grab breakfast to-go from the incredible Mana Restaurant and Bakery and then head to a park downtown to enjoy your meal. After, you can visit the 2,369-acre San Bernardino refuge along the U.S. and Mexico border that was originally established to protect the remnants of the unique wetlands of the area.
While you are in Douglas don't forget to make an appointment to visit the Art Car World, the only museum that displays some of the most infamous art cars. The museum is bilingual and open by appointment.
Tombstone Brewing Company was founded to bring world class beer to the Town Too Tough to Die. They seek to create an inviting, laid-back environment where people can casually gather for a pint.
More of a wine drinker? Silver Strike is a family owned, fully operating winery, with all their wines produced on site with grapes from their own sustainably grown vineyard as well as locally harvested varietals.
Looking to get outdoors? Contact Tombstone Adventure Company. Whichever adventure you choose, you will experience boundless natural beauty at 5,200 ft elevation with up close views of the Cochise Stronghold region and a bird’s eye view of the San Pedro Valley into Mexico.
Dragoon Mountains photo courtesy of Explore Cochise
Located in Benson, Kartchner Caverns was founded in 1974. Here you’ll find stunning living caverns that are an incredible sight to behold. Make sure you schedule a tour to see all it has to offer! After, you can grab lunch at Stronghold Cafe who offers fresh food made with fresh ingredients as locally sourced as possible.
Want to get outside and stay safe? Stop for some more beautiful views from the Dragoon Mountains and check out Cochise Stronghold, one of the best spots in Arizona for rock climbing!