1631 South Highway 92
Sierra Vista, AZ 85635
Phone: (520) 458-7900
Fax: (520) 459-2603
The San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area is one of the few remaining river ecosystems in Southern Arizona that has remained intact. Even though it has shrunk considerably over the past decades due to climatic and environmental changes, the river still hosts an amazing variety of wildlife, including 300 species of migrating and wintering birds. Start your hike at the place where the river meets AZ Highway 90 between Sierra Vista and Bisbee, about 1 1/2 hours southeast of Tucson. Access is free, but a small donation is requested. Info and souvenirs are available at the gift store.
Coronado National Memorial is a National Park that is a tribute to Francisco Vásquez de Coronado, who led the first European expedition into the United States in the mid sixteenth century. It's great for hiking and has some very interesting nature trails.
If Southern Arizona is a bird watcher's paradise, this place must be bird watcher's heaven. The staff at the observatory in Bisbee offers a wide range of no-cost and low-cost activities, such as hummingbird banding (free) and birding walks in the Chiricahuas. Nature workshops and bus tours into surrounding birding areas of Cochise County; packages include lodging at bed & breakfast inns are available, too.
This spectacular limestone cavern has become such a popular destination that it is now virtually impossible to get inside without making reservations weeks in advance because the number of walk-up tickets per day is limited. However, the massive multicolored cave formations may be well worth the call and the required 49-mile drive from Tucson. There is a visitor center, shaded dining area, picnic area and campground.
Turquoise Valley is the oldest continuously operated golf course in the state and will be the first to reach 100 years in 2008. Home of the 747 yard "Rattler!" The only Par 6 in Arizona, the Rattler is the Longest Golf Hole in the Grand Canyon State, probably the Longest Golf Hole in the Old West and according to a 2007 Forbes Traveler online magazine* story, tied for 5th Longest Golf Hole in the United States.