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Willcox is a small town in Cochise County, Southeast Arizona, and a convenient gateway to Chiricahua National Monument and other scenic sights in the region.


Get in[edit]

  • By car. Willcox is approximately half way between Tucson and the New Mexico state line, on I-10 (Interstate 10). If you're driving to town on I-10, be aware that the road is one of the United States' major east-west commercial arteries, and is full of truck traffic, much of it traveling at speeds well beyond the posted 75 mph.
  • Tucson International Airport (TUS IATA), 250 S Tucson Blvd, +1 520-573-8100. Served by a number of airlines, this is the closest airport with commercial service.
  • 1 Greyhound, 100 S Arizona St (in front of the Oasis Arcade), toll-free: +1 800-231-2222. As this just a pick-up and drop-off point, tickets should be purchased beforehand online or over the phone.

Get around[edit]

The historic core of Willcox is easily explored on foot. To see things further afield, a car is necessary.


Rex Allen Museum
The former Willcox Southern Pacific Railroad Depot, now City Hall
  • 1 Chiricahua Regional Museum and Research Center, 127 E Maley St, +1 520-384-3971. M-Sa 10AM-4PM. A small museum with displays focusing on local history. $2.
  • 2 Rex Allen Arizona Cowboy Museum and Cowboy Hall of Fame, 150 N Railroad Ave, +1 520-384-4583, . M-S 10AM-4PM. Displays memorabilia from the life of cowboy singer Rex Allen, whose favorite horse is buried in the park across the street. $2 (adults). Rex Allen Arizona Cowboy Museum and Willcox Cowboy Hall of Fame (Q7319133) on Wikidata Rex Allen Arizona Cowboy Museum and Willcox Cowboy Hall of Fame on Wikipedia
  • Vineyards. Various, some by appt. Many Arizona wines are produced from grapes from this region. Willcox makes a good base to explore local vineyards, many of which have opened tasting rooms here.
  • 3 Willcox Southern Pacific Railroad Depot, 155 S Railroad Ave. Built in 1881, this is the only surviving depot from the southern transcontinental railroad. The building has been fully restored, and now houses Willcox City Hall. There is an interpretive railroad display in the lobby. Free.
  • 4 Willcox Pioneer Cemetery, N 3rd Ave (dirt road heading north from E Steward St). An atmospheric abandoned pioneer cemetery. Warren Baxter Earp, the youngest of the Earp brothers of Tombstone, is buried here. Watch out for fire ants and rattlesnakes.


Apple Annie's Orchards
  • 1 Apple Annie's Orchards, 2081 W Hardy Rd, +1 520-384-2084. Daily 8AM-5PM. Pick your own apples, peaches, and other produce. In October they host a popular pumpkin festival. The orchards close for the season at the end of October.
  • Rex Allen Days. A festival celebrating the life of the singer Rex Allen and featuring such events as parades, concerts, and a rodeo. Held annually in October.
  • Wings Over Willcox Birding and Nature Festival. Held annually in January, the festival features lectures, workshops, art exhibits, and guided tours to see birds on the Willcox Playa and in the neighboring wetlands.
  • Willcox Wine Country Festival. A semi-annual event held in the spring and fall, featuring wines from local vineyards.


  • 1 Strive Vineyards, 180 N Railroad Ave Suite C (near the Rex Allen Museum), +1 920-850-1075, . Selling wines from Arizona's own "Willcox Bench" (said to be the premier wine producing area of Arizona, i.e. around Willcox).
  • 2 Apple Annie's Country Store, 1510 N Circle I Rd. M-F 8AM-5:30PM, S-Su 8AM-4PM. Operated by Apple Annie's Orchard (see listing above), this shop sells seasonal produce, pies and baked goods, and jams, syrups, and salsas.

Grocery stores[edit]

  • 3 Safeway, 650 N Bisbee Ave, +1 520-384-3952. Has a deli.



There aren't many restaurants in Willcox besides fast food chains. The best are listed below.


Rex Allen shrine at the Historic Palace Saloon
  • Mack’s Bar, 116 E Maley St (near the Rex Allen Museum), +1 520-507-4646.


  • 1 Dos Cabezas Spirit and Nature Retreat and Bed and Breakfast, 7101 E White Pacheco St, Dos Cabezas (Hwy 186, 14 miles SE of Willcox), +1 520-384-6474. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 10AM. Comfy historic, adobe guest house bed and breakfast in the ghost town village of Dos Cabezas, just twenty minutes to the Chiricahua Mountains. Great for birding, hiking, meditation. Enjoy complete privacy as the bed and breakfast hosts only one party at a time, up to 5 people. $139 for two.
  • 2 Holiday Inn Express Willcox, 1251 N Virginia Ave, +1 520-384-3333, fax: +1 520-384-4534, . Free breakfast and wifi, pets accepted. $79-129.


Go next[edit]

Routes through Willcox
TucsonBenson  W  E  LordsburgLas Cruces
Eagar-SpringervilleSafford  N  S  PearceDouglas

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