Sunsets flame over the horizon, majestic lavender mountains embrace the region, and national forests undulate in everchanging hues under vast blue skies–while high mountain ranges provide a welcoming climate year-round.

SIERRA VISTA – Whether hiking, biking, birding, or climbing, enjoy the majestic mountain views. Known as the Hummingbird Capital of the United States, the area hosts hundreds bird species, including 13hummingbird varieties. The city is rich with culinary selections, including Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, Chinese, Italian, German, Asian-fusion, and Thai cuisine. Annual events allow the city to share its cuisine, heritage, and outdoor adventures. The Tour de Zona bike tour and Sky Island Summit Challenge test bikers and hikers, while the two-day Oktoberfest celebrates with a carnival, food, and music.

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BISBEE – Once a booming mining town, Bisbee has transformed into a vibrant artist community with over10 galleries. Be delighted by adorned historic homes, colorful murals throughout town, and imaginative designs on its Heritage Stairs, which beckon visitors to climb their steps. Bisbee holds events embracing its diverse heritage, like the Copper City Classic Vintage Base Ball Tournament, Return of the Turkey Vultures, and a Mariachi Festival.

WILLCOX – Delve into the ranching traditions of Willcox, home to “Arizona’s Cowboy” Rex Allen and once Cattle Capital of the World. Discover vineyards that cultivate 80% of Arizona’s wine grapes and U-Pick locations abundant with fruit and vegetables. Delight in the bi-annual wine festivals (May and October),recognized by Fodor’s Travel as a “Top 10 wine festival in North America.” An event you–and your wineglass–won’t want to miss.

DOUGLAS – Captivating stories await in this charming town. Linger in the famous Hotel Gadsden, adorned with a marble staircase, gold-leaf ceilings, and a stunning 40-foot Tiffany-inspired stained-glass window. Visit local museums full of history and artistic creations. The Douglas Days celebration delivers enchanting music and charismatic community. Point-and-click your camera to capture some of America’s most breathtaking landscapes, from fascinating National Park Sites to majestic canyons and mountains with awe-inspiring vistas.

CHIRICAHUA NATIONAL MONUMENT – By far the most noticeable natural features of the Monument are rhyolite rock pinnacles–for which the park was created to protect. The “Wonderland of Rocks” provides a unique opportunity to experience birds, wildlife, plant life, and fauna of four major ecosystems. Located outside Willcox, the Monument is being considered for National Park status.

KARTCHNER CAVERNS STATE PARK – Just northwest of Sierra Vista, the Caverns lay claim to one of the world’s longest soda straw stalactites; “Kubla Khan”–the tallest column in Arizona; and the world’s most extensive formation of brushite moonmilk. It is an International Dark Skies Park and has three hiking trails, an extensive discovery center, and a hummingbird and butterfly garden.

Get real in Cochise County, and prepare to fill up on fresh air, brilliant stars, and clear blue skies in southeast Arizona. Plan your adventure at www.ExploreCochise.com!