Explore the wonders of Southern Arizona that go beyond the Tucson metro area. From the old west time capsule that is Tombstone to the artistic and enchanting historic town of Bisbee to multiple towns known for their world-class wineries, Southern Arizona is sure to surprise you.
History abounds in Arizona's self-proclaimed frontier land. See reenactments of the famous Gunfight at the O.K. Corral and tour one of the nation's oldest copper mines in the towns of Tombstone, where walking down the street feels like stepping back in time. Ride a real stagecoach and shop for your own authentic cowboy garb.
Set against the Gila River and majestic Mount Graham, the land comprising and surrounding the cities of Pima, Thatcher, and Safford is a historical homeland of the Apache Indians. Today, the area's natural wonders attract city dwellers seeking adventure and relaxation - backpacking through Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness, hiking alongside Bonita Creek, floating down the Gila River, fishing on Roper Lake, or relaxing in natural mineral hot springs.
Tucson is the starting point for many wondrous day trips into Southern Arizona. You can reach the twin communities of Sahuarita and Green Valley, which share a border alongside the Santa Cruz Riverbed, in under 30 minutes by heading south from downtown on I-19. Or drive U.S. Route 89 for a more leisurely journey.
Located in the central part of Arizona, 70 miles northwest of Tucson, Pinal County is the third-largest county in Arizona and one of the fastest-growing in the United States. Pinal County was formed in 1875, and as of 2010, its population was 375,770.
Southern Arizona may not be the place that instantly comes to mind when you hear "wine country", but this area has the perfect climate and soil composition to grow fantastic grapes, and more importantly...delicious wine. Between the small towns of Sonoita and Elgin, there are about a dozen wineries that specialize in a range of varietals.
In Southern Arizona, the Santa Cruz Valley National Heritage Area has stories to tell based on ten heritage experiences that highlight distinctive aspects of this region: The Sky Islands and Desert Seas, Streams in the Desert, Bird Habitats and Migration Routes, Native American Lifeways, Desert Farming, Ranching Traditions, Spanish and Mexican Frontier, Mining Booms, U.S. Military Posts on the Mexico Border, U.S.-Mexico Border Culture. more