Southern Arizona Travel Guide

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Plan Your Southern Arizona Vacation

Southern Arizona can do little to escape its cliché-ridden image as a landscape of cow skulls, tumbleweeds, dried-up riverbeds, and mother lodes—but it doesn’t need to. Abandoned mining towns, sleepy Western hamlets, rugged rock formations, and deep pine forests beckon visitors for birding, hiking, and horseback riding, as well as more tame adventures like wine-tasting, stargazing, and moseying down historic main streets. This diverse range of activities, along with the feel of stepping back in time, affords a rich and satisfying tour.

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Southern Arizona Hotels

There are plenty of chain hotels found throughout the southern region of Arizona, especially along the interstate highways,... read more

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Southern Arizona Restaurants

In southern Arizona cowboy fare is more common than haute cuisine. There are exceptions, though, especially in the wine... read more

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Things To Do in Southern Arizona

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  • Top Reasons to Go to Southern Arizona

    Tour Kartchner Caverns: The underground world of a living "wet" cave system is a rare and wonderful sensory experience. You’ll... Read more

  • Experience the Wild West

    Arizona’s identity was forged like horseshoes by cattle, copper, and the men who chased both. The "Old West" stretches as long as a... Read more

  • Rodeo Lesson

    In the late 19th century, cowboys vied for recognition as best roper and rider. Skills contests have evolved into weeklong county fairs in... Read more

  • Giddy’up

    Horseback Riding: The most iconic pictures of the American West include men on horseback: Geronimo, John Wayne, and Wyatt Earp all... Read more

  • The Legend of Wyatt Earp and the O.K. Corral

    Popularized in dime novels and on the silver screen, the legend of Wyatt Earp follows the American tradition of the tall tale. This... Read more

  • History of Geronimo

    The fearless Apache war shaman Geronimo, known among his people as "one who yawns," fought to the very last in the Apache Wars. His... Read more

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