Settled as a mail stop for the Butterfield Overland Stage, Benson welcomed first the Southern Pacific Railroad (now Union Pacific) then Interstate 10. Railroad aficionados, plan to stop at the Benson Visitor Center, a replica of the historic railroad depot. Singing Wind Bookshop, with its great selection of books about the Southwest,is a must for bibliophiles.
Benson, home of Kartchner Caverns State Park, is 35 miles from Sierra Vista via Hwy 90.
Bisbee’s Old Town and Lowell districts are charming glimpses into the early 20th Century. Explore narrow streets, steep stairways, funky shops, and divine eateries. Be sure to stop at the Queen Mine and ride the narrow gage trolley into one of Bisbee’s former copper mines. Looking for unique? You’ll find it here.
Bisbee is 33 miles from Sierra Vista via Hwy 90 or Hwy 92
The gateway to Agua Prieta, this bicultural community is one of the Top 100 Small Towns in America. Tucked between historic places like the John Slaughter Ranch and Hotel Gadsden, Douglas celebrates its history and multinational status with festivals and events throughout the year.
Douglas is 57 miles from Sierra Vista via Hwy 90, merging onto Hwy 80 East.
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. You’ll find plenty of western shops and attractions to fill a day.
Tombstone is 18 miles from Sierra Vista via Charleston Road.
The village of Tubac is home to more than 100 eclectic shops and world class galleries. The meandering streets of this little community are dotted with hidden courtyards, sparkling fountains, and statuary—a wonderful way to spend the day immersed in Southwestern culture and art. Find beautiful arts and crafts, paintings, ceramics, photography, as well as fashion and antiques.
Tubac is 80 miles from Sierra Vista, via Hwy 90 to Hwy 82, then I-19 North.
Willcox is fast becoming known for wine production. Its fertile soil produces about 90 percent of Arizona’s wine grapes and recently earned the area an American Viticulture Area designation. Plan to spend a day exploring tasting rooms and surrounding vineyards, but be sure to work in a detour to the Chiricahua National Monument and Cochise Stronghold. Both geographically unique and historically significant, these two destinations put the “Oh!” in Arizona.
Willcox is 71 miles from Sierra Vista via Hwy 90 and I-10. You’ll pass through Texas Canyon on the way and is worth a stop if your schedule allows.