DIRECTLY TO THE SOUTHWEST lie the Mule Mountains and the
historic old mining town of Bisbee, site of the famous and
colorful Lavender Pit Turquoise Mine.
TO OUR WEST
are the majestic Dragoon Mountains; site of Cochise Stronghold,
an area which is a natural wooded fortress surrounded by
spectacular cliffs that enabled the Apache leader, Cochise and
his small band of warriors to hold out against the U.S. Army’s
thousands for several years. This area now draws sightseers,
campers, hikers, nature
lovers, artists and photographers. Adjacent to the Dragoons is
Texas Canyon with its extraordinary rock formations. The Amerind
Foundation and Museum is located there.
SUNSITES is an attractive
community of 1,500 people whose well-maintained homes surround
its championship golf course which graces this area with its
greenery and duck ponds. A medical clinic and a fire and rescue
department are always ready if needed. A convenience store,
restaurants, library, churches and a new community center are
accompanied by many diverse businesses. Large apple, peach,
pecan and pistachio orchards thrive here, as well as many small
family sized orchards and vegetable gardens. Almost anything
grows here- from grapes, melons, and tomatoes, to peanuts,
rhubarb, strawberries and raspberries. Farm produce such as
wheat, milo, corn, alfalfa, chili peppers, pinto beans, cotton
and popcorn and feed corn are also grown in the valley.
ONE MILE SOUTH OF SUNSITES
is the old mining town of Pearce, founded in 1893 and the last
of Arizona's gold and silver stampede towns. The Commonwealth
Mine made Pearce a boomtown with a population of 3,500. At that
time the mine Produced more gold that any other mine in the
southwest. Although Pearce is considered a ghost town, there are
still several families living there. The original school is
still in use today with recent additions. A scattering of
deteriorating adobe and frame buildings remains in the Pearce
along with the old cemetery.
GHOST TOWN TRAIL begins at
Pearce and winds its way through the ghostly remains of the town
of Courtland and Gleeson, then on to Tombstone " The Town To
Tough To Die".
WILLCOX AND BENSON are
each a half-hour drive away and both offer fully equipped
hospitals. Tucson, which is approximately one and one-half
hour's drive offers all the amenities of a large city. Douglas,
Arizona and Agua Prieta, Mexico are an hour's drive and provide
that "South of the Border" experience.