Places to go, things to do and local eateries to visit while staying at Ramsey Canyon Cabins. We are very fortunate to be so removed and yet so close to everything!
A short list of local eateries, we have way too many to list!
The Ramsey Canyon Preserve is just .25 miles and a few minutes walk or golf cart ride away. Southeastern Arizona is an ecological crossroads, where the Sierra Madre of Mexico, the Rocky Mountains, and the Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts all come together. The abrupt rise of mountains like the Huachucas from the surrounding arid grasslands creates “sky islands” that harbor tremendous habitat diversity and form stepping stones to the tropics. This combination of factors gives Ramsey Canyon its notable variety of plant and animal life, including such southwestern specialties as Apache and Chihuahua pines, ridge-nosed rattlesnake, lesser long-nosed bat, elegant trogon, and Rivoli's and Anna's hummingbirds. There are numerous trails to hike at the preserve as well as its connection to the Hamburg trail. Click here for more information.
Brown Canyon Ranch is only 1 mile down the road and offers several hiking and mountain biking trails. The canyon is full of wildlife and its trails also connect to larger trail systems that exist in the Huachuca mountain range and Coronado National Forest. Step back to the turn of the 20th Century with a visit to Brown Canyon Ranch. First permanently occupied around 1800, the ranch was acquired by the U.S. Forest Service as part of a 1998 land swap to become part of the Coronado National Forest. Tour the adobe ranch house, storeroom, and corrals, where the old windmill still pumps water, and the tree-surrounded pond provides a cool view and home to wildlife. Allow 2 hours. 800-288-3861 or (520) 378-0311 (US Forest Service, Sierra Vista Ranger District). $8 per vehicle day use fee or Coronado National Forest recreation pass/annual pass.
Another one of our neighbors right next door is the Arizona Folklore Preserve. They offer live music shows shows every Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Go to their website for more information about the property as well as a schedule for upcoming show and artist information. Click here for information about the Arizona Folklore Preserve
Tombstone, AZ is 26 miles and 39 minutes from Ramsey Canyon Cabins - After getting its start as a silver mining claim in the late-1870s, the settlement grew along with its Tough Nut Mine, becoming a bustling boomtown of the Wild West. From opera and theater to dance halls and brothels, Tombstone offered much-needed entertainment to the miners after a long shift underground. In 1886, the mines flooded and hit rock bottom, and the miners moved on to the next claim. Click here to find out more!
Bisbee, AZ is 31 miles and 41 minutes away. As with all worthwhile treasures, Bisbee is a hidden gem tucked just beyond the point where you think you’ve gone too far as you approach Arizona’s southernmost border. In Bisbee, however, there’s no such thing as going too far; unless of course, you live more than 70 steps up on one of Bisbee’s 350 historic staircases. Recently voted “Best Historic Small Town in America” by USA Today Readers and “Frommer’s Best Places to Go in 2018, Bisbee is a unique place where the past collides with the present in a kaleidoscope of passion, art, color and kindness. Click here to find out more!
Fort Huachuca Museum is 14 miles and 20 minutes away. The Fort Huachuca Museum serves the Fort by collecting, preserving and exhibiting artifacts representing its own history and the larger history of the military in the Southwest. Opened in 1960, the Museum houses several thousand objects and documents, many on display in attractive exhibits telling the Fort’s one hundred and thirty-five year story. The Museum is located in two buildings on the Fort’s historic Old Post, and is open to the public without charge. Click here for more information
Kartchner Caverns is 30 miles and 39 minutes away. The park has several hiking trails and beautiful views but the main attraction is the caves. In November 1974, Gary Tenen and Randy Tufts were exploring the limestone hills at the eastern base of the Whetstone Mountains. They were looking “for a cave no one had ever found” and found it. The two kept the cave a secret until February 1978 when they told the property owners, James and Lois Kartchner, about their awesome discovery. Find more information here!
San Pedro House and San Pedro River Riparian Habitat is 16 miles and 20 minutes away. San Pedro House, a historic ranch house restored by the Friends of the San Pedro River, is a bookstore and gift shop run by volunteers. Around the San Pedro House, there are interpretive signs of various native plants of the area, riparian habitat and wildlife. The American Bird Conservancy has identified the San Pedro River and its environs as being significant for world bird conservation and it is designated as a globally important bird area. Click here for more information!
Coronado National Memorial is 16 miles and 20 minutes away. Francisco Vásquez de Coronado entered in 1540 what is now Arizona along the San Pedro River valley, a few miles east of the memorial, then continued north along a route marked today as the Coronado Trail, though there is no trace of his passage remaining today. The site offers several hiking trails through the wooded foothills of the Huachuca Mountains, excellent views over the river valley and south into Mexico, a cave, and an interesting variety of plant and animal life. Find more information here!
Patagonia Lake State Campground is 63 miles and 1:20 minutes away. Tucked away in the rolling hills of southeastern Arizona is a hidden treasure. Patagonia Lake State Park was established in 1975 as a state park and is an ideal place to find whitetail deer roaming the hills and great blue herons walking the shoreline. The park offers a campground, beach, picnic area with ramadas, tables and grills, a creek trail, boat ramps, and a marina. Click here for more information.
Sonoita, AZ is 40 miles and 45 minutes away. For anyone who thinks the idea of sipping local wines while taking in the breathtaking, wide open scenery sounds like a perfect day, Sonoita, is an ideal destination. Sonoita is a part of the state’s original wine country, and tasting rooms and vineyards continue to thrive around the small village. Here is more information about Sonoita and things to do there.
Parker Canyon Lake is 1 hour and 20 minutes away. This medium-sized 132 acre lake is located in the Canelo Hills west of the Huachuca Mountains. It offers a number of recreational possibilities. For those who like to fish, Parker Canyon Lake offers both cold and warm water species, including stocked rainbow trout and resident bass, sunfish, and catfish. There is a fishing pier and a paved boat ramp at the lake, as well as a lakeside paved area and a graveled path along some of the best catfishing shoreline. There is also a concessionaire-operated country store at the lakeshore where you can pick up some last minute supplies, buy a fishing license, or rent a boat. Bird watchers and just plain nature lovers will also find much to enjoy at Parker Canyon Lake. A five mile trail leads around the shoreline never getting more than a few steps from the water. Click here for more information.
Ash Canyon Bird Sanctuary is just a short drive down highway 92. Please check their website for more information.
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2. All New England, plus the state of Pennsylvania would fit inside Arizona.
3. Arizona became the 48th state and last of the contiguous states on February 14, 1912.
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8. Yuma, Arizona is the country's highest producer of winter vegetables, especially lettuce.
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15. The world's largest solar telescope is located at Kitt Peak National Observatory in Sells, Arizona..
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17. Billy the Kid killed his first man, Windy Cahill, in Bonita, Arizona.
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19. Famous labor leader and activist Cesar Chavez was born in Yuma.
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27. Located on Arizona's western border, Parker Dam is the deepest dam in the world at 320 feet.
28. South Mountain Park/Preserve in Phoenix is the largest municipal park in the country.
29. Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, located about 55 miles west of Phoenix, generates more electricity than any other U.S. power plant.
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38. The Saguaro cactus is the largest cactus found in the U.S. It can grow as high as a five-story building and is native to the Sonoran Desert, which stretches across southern Arizona.
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41. The average state elevation is 4,000 feet.
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53. Wyatt Earp was neither the town marshal nor the sheriff in Tombstone at the time of the shoot-out at the O..K. Corral. His brother Virgil was the town marshal.
54. On June 6, 1936, the first barrel of tequila produced in the United States rolled off the production line in Nogales, Arizona.
55. The Sonoran Desert is the most biologically diverse desert in North America.
56. Bisbee is the Nation's Southernmost mile-high city.
57. The two largest man-made lakes in the U.S. are Lake Mead and Lake Powell, both located in Arizona.
58. The longest remaining intact section of Route 66 can be found in Arizona and runs from Seligman to Topock, a total of 157 unbroken miles.
59. The 13 stripes on the Arizona flag represent the 13 original colonies of the United States.
60. The negotiations for Geronimo's final surrender took place in Skeleton Canyon, near present day Douglas, Arizona, in 1886.
61. Prescott, Arizona is home to the world's oldest rodeo, and Payson, Arizona is home to the world's oldest continuous rodeo, both of which date back to the 1880's.
62. Kartchner Caverns, near Benson, Arizona, is a massive limestone cave with 13,000 feet of passages, two rooms as long as football fields, and one of the world's longest soda straw stalactites: measuring 21 feet 3 inches.
63. You can carry a loaded firearm on your person, no permit required.
64. Arizona has one of the lowest crime rates in the U.S.A.