Willcox, Arizona - Things to Do
Arizona is known for outdoor sports such as hunting and hiking, and visitors will find there are a variety of attractions that make this a culturally rich and exciting state. Pick your own fruit at Apple Annie's Orchard. Learn about cowboy music legend Marty Robbins. Taste wine at a mountain vineyard or explore an Old West town. You'll find Holiday Inn Express Willcox in the middle of everything southeast Arizona has to offer!
Chiricahua National Monument.
Known as the "Wonderland of Rocks," Chiricahua National Monument is home several wonderful attractions for visitors, particularly those who love exploring the great outdoors and learning about American history. Chiricahua includes 17 miles of hiking trails and the Faraway Ranch Historic District. For those who can spend the day hiking, they'll be rewarded with rock formations graced with unusual names such as Kissing Rock, Duck on a Rock, and Punch and Judy.
Friends of Marty Robbins Museum.
Marty Robbins was an actor, singer, songwriter, and NASCAR driver. He is known as the "Father of Western Gunfighter Ballads" and was honored with a Country Music Hall of Fame Award in 1982 just before he died. During the first weekend of March, a celebration of his life and accomplishments is held annually in Willcox. To learn more, visit http://www.friendsofmartyrobbins.org/
Apple Annie's Orchard & Produce.
Families are encouraged to take a break from the hustle and bustle of their busy schedules when they visit Apple Annie's Orchard. Four months of the year during harvest season, visitors can pick their own apples, pears, and peaches-right from the tree branches. In addition to the Orchard is Apple Annie's Produce & Pumpkins, where visitors can see how their food is grown. Apple-smoked burgers are available for lunch. Apple Annie's is located in Sulphur Springs Valley. Visit http://www.appleannies.com/
Coronado Vineyards & Winery.
Open since 2006, Coronado Vineyards welcomes visitors to its tasting room every day. This mountain winery offers several distinct wines from a wide spectrum of grapes, and includes the gold medal winning Dolce Veritas. Coronado Vineyards is a lovely location for special events such as weddings. For more information, visit http://www.coronadovineyards.com/
Serving Cochise County with campus classes as well as online learning, Cochise College is a community college from which students often transfer to universities. About 14,000 students get professional training as well as associate degrees in a variety of disciplines. Cochise College is made up of two campuses and three learning centers, one located in Willcox, AZ. http://www.cochise.edu/
Located in the Little Dragoons Mountains' Texas Canyon, 22 miles east of Willcox, AZ, the Amerind Foundation is a museum and interpretive center for Native American history. Learn all about the culture and traditions of the native peoples of Arizona through artifacts and art. For more information about visiting Amerind Foundation, go to http://www.amerind.org/
Kartchner Caverns State Park is just 45 miles from Willcox, AZ. Explore these caverns, which were "discovered" in the 1970s. Visitors will see underground palaces of stalagmite and stalactite caves during one of the interpretive guide-led tours. There's also an onsite visitors' center, deli, and hummingbird garden. Holiday Inn Express Willcox offers an all-inclusive Kartchner Caverns Package
, which makes visiting this natural wonder even more affordable and fun. http://azstateparks.com/Parks/KACA/index.html
Situated in the Mule Mountains of Arizona, Bisbee was a once an Old West boomtown. Copper mining put Bisbee on the map, although all the mines closed in the 1970s. There are plenty of things to see and do in this quaint, charming town. Explore Old Bisbee and take a Queen Mine Tour-hard hats required. The Bisbee Museum is full of relics and memorabilia from the town's storied past. Visit http://www.bisbeemuseum.org/
A U.S. Army base, Fort Huachuca is the site of several important military operations. Located about 60 miles from Willcox, AZ, and 15 miles from the border of Mexico, the Fort was deemed a national landmark in 1976. Fun fact: Libby Army Airfield is situated on the army post, and is equipped to handle a space shuttle landing, although no such need has yet occurred. Visit http://www.huachuca.army.mil/site/Visitor/index.asp
Old Tucson Studios.
A fun filled day for all awaits at the Old Tucson Studios. A movie set for cowboy classics like Gunfight at the OK Corral, Lone Ranger
, and Tombstone
, Old Tucson Studios is also a tourist attraction that includes live shows, rides, shopping, and eateries. Watch cowboys shoot it out and saloon girls dancing in their frilly costumes. Take a ride on the locomotive into the desert. Other attractions include horseback rides, a carousel, and the Old West buildings that house shops and places to eat. Movies, commercials, and TV shows are still often shot at Old Tucson Studios today. http://www.oldtucson.com/
Mt. Graham Observatory.
Cochise County, Arizona is known for its big, starry night skies. At Mt. Graham Observatory, visitors can learn all about those stars-as well as planets, galaxies, and the universe. A good place to start is with Discovery Park Campus at Eastern Arizona College in Safford. The official visitors' center there provides the public with tour information. Visit http://mgpc3.as.arizona.edu/Visitor.htm