Welcome to Discover Southeast Arizona, your place to find information about Cochise County, Arizona, and the surrounding area.
New: Agave plants in flower with close-up photos of blossoms.
In addition to information about the major attractions such as Tombstone, Chiricahua National Monument, Kartchner Caverns State Park, southern Arizona's Wilderness Areas and the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area, you'll find here sections devoted to each of the major communities--Benson, Bisbee, Douglas, Sierra Vista / Fort Huachuca, Tombstone, and Willcox. An extensive wildlife section describes in detail many of the plants and animals of the high desert, and our continually expanding bird list contains the birds you're most likely to be looking for here in southeast Arizona, hummingbirds, roadrunners, and sandhill cranes among many others. The section on outdoor fun covers everything from birding to golf to rock climbing, even fishing!
New! Eyewitness accounts of southwest history
General Crook in the Indian Country by Captain John G. Bourke, illustrated by Frederic Remington.
Journey with artist Frederic Remington to a cattle ranch in Mexico as you read An Outpost of Civilization as it appeared in Harper's magazine, December 1893. Two more articles written and illustrated by Frederic Remington -- Horses of the Plains and A Scout with the Buffalo-Soldiers -- appeared in The Century magazine in the 1890s. These articles are available in html as well as in FREE e-books.
Take a peek at life in the United States Cavalry in 1885. Read Across Country with a Cavalry Column, by Rufus Fairchild Zogbaum, illustrated by the author. This article appeared in Harper's new monthly magazine / Volume 71, Issue 424, September 1885. All of these articles are also available as a free e-books.
In 1864 J. Ross Browne travelled through "the Purchase" with Charles Poston. He recounts their journey in Adventures in the Apache Country.
Also available are A Campaign against the Apaches by Lieutenant Marion Maus and Lawton's Pursuit of Geronimo by Leonard Wood. Click here to see the complete list of the free e-books currently available. If you do not have the Microsoft e-book reader, you can download it free from the Microsoft website.
Articles on the Coronado Expedition, Father Kino, the Terrenate presidio, the Buffalo Soldiers, Fort Huachuca, Faraway Ranch, the Stafford Cabin and old Tombstone give a glimpse of the fascinating history of this little piece of the world, called by some the Bermuda triangle of wild west history, because so much happened in such a small space.
Bookmark this site and check back often because new things are added frequently. Whether you've lived here for years, are just making a short visit, or have never set foot in Arizona at all, we hope you'll find something here that interests you.
Historical photos are from the National Archives and Records Administration, the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), and the Library of Congress' American Memory historical collection. Some of the animal photos are from the US Fish and Wildlife Service Image Library. These and many other interesting wildlife photos are in the public domain and can be downloaded from http://images.fws.gov/ In many cases these photos are also available in higher resolution files that are suitable for printing. If you use these photos you should credit both the USFWS and the individual photographer if his name is given.
Other photographs are from our personal collections. Except for the USFWS, National Archives, and Library of Congress photos, all photos are copyright by InformAction and its licensors. For copyright information, see the credits page of the Photo Gallery.
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