Cochise County, AZ
Collected by Joseph Cyr, AFAR Local Expert
AZ's SE corner--this one county is larger than several states in New England. Mountains and high grasslands...and the realities of life along the border...
1232 E Fry Blvd, Sierra Vista, AZ 85635, USA
People come to the SE corner of Arizona for its Wild West vibe: the saloons of Tombstone, the mining town of Bisbee, the Apache stronghold in the Chiricahua mountains...But German food? Unexpected--but deliciously present! On a nondescript side...
6 Main St, Bisbee, AZ 85603, USA
In the backstreets of the mile-high mining town of Bisbee, Arizona, some unlikely art: a stencil of Mona Lisa? blindfolded? framed by Buddhist philosophy? This is some of the street-art that inspires residents in this SE Arizona town to display...
Bisbee, AZ 85603, USA
Above this delicious selection of hot sauces, this tongue-in-cheek 'retablo' (altarpiece) says: "My God, thank you, because Poco is open, and I don't have to wash any more glasses and forks..." If you're in this Victorian-era mile-high mining town...
33 Subway St, Bisbee, AZ 85603, USA
A mile high and just up the road from the Mexican border, the Victorian mining town of Bisbee has no shortage of galleries. Artist and gallery owner Poe Dismuke often works by the light coming in from the streetfront window. Here, his easel holds,...
15 Main St, Bisbee, AZ 85603, USA
In the old mining town of Bisbee, a mile high in the mountains near the Mexican border, we found a place for lunch just as it began to snow. Not all of southern Arizona is hot desert... The patio of "Poco's" restaurant is tucked into a shady alley...
E Bonita Canyon Rd, Willcox, AZ 85643, USA
4070 S Avenida Saracino, Hereford, AZ 85615, USA
Last April, I spent a morning hiking along the San Pedro River, just NW of Bisbee, AZ; the caterpillars were astoundingly abundant. When I stopped, I could hear them munching on leaves all around--a surround-sound of crunching, the aural fecundity...
20 Main St, Bisbee, AZ 85603, USA
As "killer bees" (or, more accurately, "Africanized honeybees") continue to make a home in North America, most news stories about them are scary... ...but in Bisbee, you can taste their sweet side. You may have seen the man behind this diminutive...
1221 E Fry Blvd, Sierra Vista, AZ 85635, USA
Unless you are a soldier or an avid bird-watcher, you have probably not heard of Sierra Vista. At the base of the Huachuca Mountains in southern Arizona, this unprepossessing town, attached to Fort Huachuca, is not exactly a tourist magnet...But...
2081 West Hardy Rd, Willcox, AZ 85643, USA
"Orchards" is not the word that comes to mind when most think of southern Arizona...but less than 2 hours east of Tucson, up in the high desert, Apple Annie's is a family farm destination for fresh summer fruit. At an elevation of 4400 ft (1300m),...
27 E Ramsey Canyon Rd, Hereford, AZ 85615, USA
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