Closer to Country Living
It may be one of the things I complain about as a resident of Willcox, but that good old fashioned country lifestyle truly is the best element of Willcox. Places like Apple Annie's Orchard really showcase that lifestyle and make it available for tourists to enjoy. My fondest memory of Willcox is filming documentaries in Rex Allen Park for my Arizona History class. Trust me--if you ever pass through Willcox and see a bunch of kids filming in the park (maybe even dressed up like cowboys or Native Americans...or even dead presidents), it's for a class project. I got to play a drunken Levi Strauss in the park...if anyone was in Willcox at that time and saw me, it was all for the grade!
A Hike in the Right Direction
Hiking in the Chiricahuas is fun, refreshing, often challenging, and most importantly, a great way to observe the intense beauty of the Chiricahua National Monument. There are several trails ranging in difficulty from easy to hard, and all of them going right through the heart of the Wonderland of Rocks. All you really need is comfortable shoes and clothing, lots of water, a camera, and perhaps a snack if you think you'll be gone a while.
Willcox-Home of Rex Allen
Willcox was called "Maley" when it was first founded in 1880. Willcox was a whistle stop on the Southern Pacific Railroad. It was renamed "Willcox" in 1889 after a visit by General Orlando B. Willcox., and was incorporated in 1905. Willcox has always been a kind of a transportation hub as a number of railroad lines went through here. Willcox is halfway between El Paso and Phoenix along Interstate 10. Cattle and agriculture are also important to the town and there is a big cattle auction here each week. Almost 4000 people call Willcox home.
"Rex Allen and the Railroad"
Two of the most important influences on the town of Willcox were the railroad and Rex Allen the singing cowboy. Both have museums here (see my tips).
There are a number of hotels and restaurants in Willcox to support the tourist trade. If you like Southern Style home cooking; try Rodney's on Railroad Avenue (see my tip).