Delve into History

As you visit scenic outlook points, rugged mountains, expansive valleys — and all the nooks and crannies throughout — it’s easy to see why the southeast Arizona terrain created a formidable challenge to settlers and soldiers alike. But the geography of the area provided ample escape routes and hiding spots for the highly mobile Apache. Apache, a word coined by the Zuni of New Mexico, means enemy, and a formidable enemy they were. Two Apache leaders influenced the history of the southwest: Cochise and Geronimo.
Historical Bisbee
Brewery Gulch
Bisbee Main street and Grand Hotel

Coronado National Memorial

In the mid-16th century, Francisco Vasquez de Coronado and his soldiers marched from Mexico into the San Pedro Valley searching for the Seven Cities of Cibola and its fabled gold. The National Park Service operates the 4,750-acre Memorial Park; it’s also the beginning of the famous Arizona Trail, with outstanding hiking and wildlife viewing opportunities.
Coronado Cave Hike
Coronado National View from Highway

Fort Huachuca

At the Fort Huachuca Main Museum you’ll learn about Native Americans like Geronimo, who once fought battles in the shadow of the Huachuca Mountains, and how the state’s oldest active military installation became the home of the Buffalo Soldiers. A number of fascinating ghost towns like Fairbank Historic Townsite lie nearby, while Brown Canyon Ranch offers visitors a glimpse of what life was like 100 years ago. Nestled in the slopes of the Huachuca Mountains, the ranch house is a short drive or bike ride from town but feels a world away.
B Troop – Cavalry Regiment
In 1911, the entire 6th U.S. Cavalry was transferred to Fort Huachuca when the revolution brewing in Mexico exploded.
Fort Huachuca Museum & Annex
There’s nothing like a great museum to shed light on history. Nowhere is this truer than in the Fort Huachuca Museum and Annex, and the Military Intelligence Museum.
Buffalo Soldiers
African-American soldiers called Buffalo Soldiers by the Cheyenne and Comanche during the Indian Wars, proudly served under the moniker through World War II.

The Old West

Though not a ghost town, a discussion about Old West settlements isn’t complete without a nod to this legendary town, rich with ghost stories and spooky tales. Mosey on foot or ride a horse-drawn stagecoach down Allen Street, one of the most notorious streets in the Old West — past Big Nose Kate’s, the Birdcage Theater, and the OK Corral — following the footsteps of outlaws and lawmen like Wyatt Earp, Johnny Ringo, Doc Holliday, and Ike Clanton.