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Every fall, thousands of Sandhill Cranes winter here at Whitewater Draw. They arrive mid to late October and migrate back north mid March. Whitewater Draw is only 1/4 mile, as the crow flies, and 6 minutes by car from Sandhill Crane Cottage.
Whitewater Draw, originally Rio de Agua Prieta, [Spanish: river of dark water], is a tributary stream of the Rio de Agua Prieta in Cochise County Arizona. It was called Blackwater Creek by Philip St. George Cooke when his command, the Mormon Battalion, camped at a spring on its course on December 5, 1846.
Whitewater Draw has its source at an elevation of 8,520 feet at 31°50′16″N 109°17′49″W in Rucker Canyon in the Chiricahua Mountains in the Coronado National Forest and flows generally westward, skirting the north end of the Swisshelm Mountains, then southwest and south through Sulphur Springs Valley into Mexico at Douglas, Arizona and Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico. It flows southward as Rio de Agua Prieta then southeast to join the Rio de San Bernardino at an elevation of 3,084 feet / 940 meters, at La Junta de los Rios about 24.5 miles southeast of Douglas, Arizona.The Bavispe River flows south by southwest to the Yaqui River and eventually to the Gulf of California at Ciudad Obregon, Sonora.
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Tombstone is an historic city in Cochise County, Arizona, founded in 1879 by prospector Ed Schieffelin in what was then Pima County, Arizona Territory. It became one of the last boomtowns in the American frontier.
Tombstone is only about 30 minutes from Sandhill Crane Cottage.
The town grew significantly into the mid-1880s as the local mines produced $40 to $85 million in silver bullion, the largest productive silver district in Arizona. Its population grew from 100 to around 14,000 in less than seven years. It is best known as the site of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral and presently draws most of its revenue from tourism.
The town was established on a mesa above the Goodenough Mine. Within two years of its founding, although far distant from any other metropolitan area, Tombstone had a bowling alley, four churches, an ice house, a school, two banks, three newspapers, and an ice cream parlor, alongside 110 saloons, 14 gambling halls, and numerous dance halls and brothels. The gentlemen and ladies of Tombstone attended operas presented by visiting acting troupes at the Schieffelin Hall opera house, while the miners and cowboys saw shows at the Bird Cage Theatre.
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With lots of art galleries, shops, restaurants, and bars, you'll find Bisbee is a great place to roam around for a day or enjoy the nightlife! There are many events around town throughout the year, from the 1000 stair climb, to pirate's weekend, to music festivals and the like.
Bisbee was founded as a copper, gold, and silver mining town in 1880, and named in honor of Judge DeWitt Bisbee. In 1929, the county seat was moved from Tombstone to Bisbee, where it remains.
Every Saturday from 9 am - 1 pm in Vista Park is the Bisbee' Farmer's Market, where you can find fresh local produce and locally farmed meats.
If you like birds, then this is the place for you! This place is a haven for many birds of the desert, and migratory birds as well. Located near Sierra Vista, Arizona, and with 50 + species of hummingbirds, you can't go wrong. Oh, and bring your binoculars! Only 45 minutes away!
You really must visit The Amerind Museum while you are here in Cochise County! It is set in a spectacular setting of "Mars Landscape" like rocks of red and adobe.
The collections of historical artifacts and Native Americans and their history is astounding.
Established in 1937, the Amerind foundation and Museum seeks to foster and promote knowledge and understanding of the Native Peoples of the Americas through research, education, and conservation.
The museum is only an hour away.
Located on the International border with Mexico, this ranch is a tranquil place to explore.
Take a step back in time as you visit the historic John Slaughter Ranch near Douglas, Arizona. Texas John Slaughter was one of the Southwest’s most beloved characters and most feared lawmen. And here, at his ranch, originally known as San Bernardino Ranch you can enjoy the scenery, wildlife, and atmosphere that has been left largely untouched since Texas John Slaughter’s time. Contact us today for more information!
This area is full of hiking trails, wildlife, and some spectacular scenery. A definite must see!
Cochise Stronghold is located in the Dragoon Mountains just west of Sunsites, Arizona at an elevation of about 5,000 ft. It lies in an area of granite domes and sheer mountain cliffs in which the great Apache Chief, Cochise, and his people took refuge.
This natural fortress, rugged by nature was, for some 15 years, their home. Cochise and about 1,000 of his followers, of whom around 250 were warriors, stood strong against the US Army in the 1860's and early 1870's.
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