The town of Pearce was established in 1894 by miner and cattleman James Pearce. The remains of the Old Town of Pearce are located out Ghost Town Road. Prominent amongst the remains is the Old Pearce General Store which was built in 1896. It is only open to the public on very specific occasions. The Old Pearce General Store is listed on the Hational...more
Also in the parking area, they have a monument to Cochise. Cochise died in 1874 somewhere here in the area he loved. He was secretly buried here by the Chokonen Band, his follwers. Only one person outside the band was allowed to attend the ceremony and know the spot of his burial, Thomas Jeffords.more
Near the main parking area, and the restrooms, is the trailhead for the .12 mile Inetrpretive Trail. This trail offers quite a bit of information about Cochise, the Chiricahua Apache, and the area. The Dragoon Mountains where Cochise Stronghols is locatedwere formed 30 million years ago. The towering cliffs, granite formations, deep canyons and...more
The area near Pearce-Sunsites is full of mountain formations made of Monzogranite where Cochise and his band used to hide from the US Army. It is a very rugged and beautiful place. They have a .12 mile interpretive trail with a number of informative signs about the history of the area; a .5 mile nature trail; and a rather challenging 5 mile hike up...more
The Sunsites Country Cafe, which is located in the town of Pearce not Sunsites, is a small family run cafe near the entrance to Cochise Stronghold. After a hard day of walking around the stronghold it is a nice place to stop for something to eat or drink. The cafe has paintings on the wall and a typical southwestern decor. The menu is more...more
Margie's is a fairly small place in the Sunsites portion of Pearce-Sunsites. The decor is an odd mixture of southwest cowboy; antiques and art. There is a tiny room with paintings for sale of the dining area. They serve breakfast lunch and dinner and the fare is typical of the area. Omelets, eggs and bacon, pancakes etc for breakfast. Soups,...more
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TJs is a small town bar situated in Pearce. They serve pizza and sandwiches and have a fuller menu on Fridays and Saturdays. I had a pretty good grilled cheese sandwich there. The lady behind the bar and the patrons, seemed very friendly to strangers. Prices are cheap. Dress casual.more
Being too exhausted after early starts and full days we didn't sample any clubs or pubs but once onto the ranch we were treated to a live performance from the ranch band - they were excellent!For guests at Grapevine only but I believe they do perform locally as well. As you aremore
The closest major airport is in Tucson. Pearce is less than an hour and a half southeast of Tucson. A car is a necessity.
I would recommend an SUV since many of the sites require off road travel.
If you are looking for handmade stoneware pottery with a Southwest flavor, try the Old Pearce Pottery located across from the Old Pearce General Store by the Old Pearce Post Office. They also do some custom pottery for individuals so if there is a particular style/design or perhaps color that you've been wanting to have in a piece of pottery. They...more
If you are in the area and want to find some cheap books, look no further than the Friends of the Library Bookstore. The prices are dirt cheap, the selection fairly good and profits help the local library. They have differnt rooms for different types of books. They had some paperbacks for 10 cents and hardbacks for as low as a quarter.more
This is unique in my experience. Goods are made on the premises from the milk of the resident goats.Recommended to us by a young lady working on the ranch and well worth a visit - either for things to take home or just to spoil yourselves with. Rich and creamy hand and body Lotions, handcrafted soaps, shaving creams, toners and scrubs are but a...more
Just be sensible. Check shoes before you put them on. Do not overturn rocks or other debris with your hands. In our 2 weeks we only saw one snake (in the wild) - not sure what it was, and were lucky enough to see a large fat Gila Monster (lucky to be on top of a horse at the time). It seems there is no antidote to the bite of one of these lizards...more
When visiting southeastern Arizona one must be sure to have water available when traveling. If you are going off the beaten path you should let someone know where you are heading.Also, you should be aware of the wildlife in this part of the country. There are rattlers, scorpions, tarantulas, gila monsters and cougars. The chance of an encounter is...more
Luggage and bags:
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: In the summer hats and sunglasses are a must.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen is a must. Also anyone having bee allergies should have a kit.
Serious hikes might consider a snake bite kit.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Be aware of flash floods and never travel in dry washes or dry creeks without knowing the weather conditions.
Miscellaneous: Water, water, water.
The ranch experience was something very special. The trails took us out into the desert and the dragoon mountains, just the sound of the horses hooves and the occasional buzzard overhead.
For sightseeing the Grand Canyon is unsurpassed but be prepared to share your experience with lots of others.For us our week at Grapevine was something we shall never forget and it is impossible to convey the feeling of belonging that we had when there. We shall miss the people at the Grapevine Canyon Ranch.more
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