Wednesday, December 19, 2013
Duration: 9 AM to4 PM
Start/Finish: Tucson, AZ
Fun day trip through Southeastern Arizona. Today's destination was Naco and Bisbee. Most people have heard of Bisbee, a historic mining town that has re-invented itself as a tourist and artist destination. Most people have never heard of Naco, a border town with history and great food!
We headed out of I-10 East to AZ 90 South towards Sierra Vista, continuing South on AZ 92 to Hereford and Palominas. AZ 92 then heads east towards Bisbee. Before reaching Bisbee and after crossing the San Pedro River (with water today) turn right on Willson Road towards the US-Mexico border. There are two towns named Naco, on in Arizona and one in Sonora, Mexico. Our trip was to Naco, AZ.
The first stop was at Camp Naco. The pictures below give the history. There a quite a number of adobe buildings at the end of Willson Road. The site is not accessible by the public, but interesting to see.
Continuing east on Newell Street you arrive at the Turquoise Valley Country Club. This building was built by the WPA in 1938. The golf course and restaurant are open to the public. There is also a RV park across the street. My parents played golf here and enjoyed the views. We have eaten at the restaurant for many years and enjoy all of the food, especially the Mexican fare. It is open 7 AM to 3 PM, and Friday evenings.
Turquoise Valley Country Club
TVCC - bar and aquarium
After enjoying a very tasty lunch we headed to Bisbee, about 10 miles away. Our first stop was at the Bisbee Mine Tours building to get smashed pennies. A new machine was placed there recently. This open pit mine is enormous, the sunlight interfered with getting a picture to show the scope of the pit. The road cut shows some of the incredible variety of rock found in this area.
Bisbee Mine Tour
Bisbee Open Pit
Bisbee Road Cut
We found a new letterbox hidden in the hills above this very hilly town. Whew, a climb on a full tummy takes effort. Spectacular weather, mid-60s made it a great day to be out and about.
Bisbee town view
Copper Queen Hotel
After walking around town we headed back to Tucson on AZ 80, old US 80 that once went from Savannah, GA to San Diego, CA. Along the way you pass Tombstone, no stop for us today, but always a fun place to visit.
26 license plates- 1/2 of US seen in one day. Winter in AZ
Bisbee Mine Tours - 4 pennies
1, with a steep climb on a very rocky trail.
Arizona Gray Squirrel
Feral Rock Dove