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.
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.