Visiting Willcox ...
Willcox owes its initial existence to the Southern Pacific Railroad which first chugged through the area in 1880. The renovated historic Southern Pacific Depot is just one of the attractions in the revitalized downtown area of Willcox. The Rex Allen Arizona Cowboy Museum and the Willcox Cowboy Hall of Fame pay tribute to the city's most famous son, Rex Allen, and the ranching influence in Willcox. The Chiricahua Regional Museum houses many artifacts and exhibits of the area, as well as the Chiricahua Apache Indians, their great Chief, Cochise, and renegade Geronimo. The Marty Robbins Museum honors the music of Marty Robbins.
Willcox serves as a starting point for your journey through the Magic Circle of Cochise. The road leads you to the ghost town of Dos Cabezas, as you head for Apache Pass and the Fort Bowie National Historic Site. This outpost marks the battles of the Indian Wars in the late 1880's. The Chiricahua National Monument presents an amazing variety of plants and animals, with more than 20 miles of hiking trails to explore the towering spire rock formations.
City Hall / Depot Rex Allen Museum
Cochise Stronghold stands as a monument to one of the greatest Apache Chiefs, Cochise, who often hid in this box canyon. The Cochise Stronghold includes a 5-mile hiking trail, rock climbing, petroglyphs, and picnic and camping facilities. Chiricahua National Monument
Every winter thousands of Sandhill Cranes migrate to the Sulphur Springs Valley. Cochise Lakes, adjacent to the Willcox Playa, is a verdant wetland that attracts a variety of bird species including ducks and migratory shore birds. Sparrows, quail and many birds of prey also populate the area. The annual Wings Over Willcox Birding & Nature Festival draws many to this premier birding destination.
On the outskirts of Willcox, visitors will find "u-pick farms", which offers pick your own produce opportunities from squash and pumpkins to apples and chilies. The season is June through October.
Willcox blends rough and tumble country with friendly small town attitude. From the solitude of riding a bike where wildlife roams freely to playing a round of golf with your neighbors, Willcox has a sense of community that is proud of its past and mindful of the future. If you would like more information or a vacation package call the Willcox Chamber of Commerce at 1-800-200-2272.