Originally the memorial was a wooden structure with the names of local Veterans and the branch of the service they were in. In 1990 the Disabled American Veterans erected a stone memorial to the disabled Veterans and the Willcox Centennial Committee donated a memorial for the MIA's.more
Make sure you stop at the Southern Pacific Railroad Depot Museum. The restored 1880 Southern Pacific Depot now serves as City Hall for Willcox. The depot’s displays give an understanding of the history of the region, the town, and its people. While in historic downtown Willcox visit the unique shops and experience a historic carriage ride. Hours...more
Next to the Pablo Soto House, at 124 E. Stewart Street, is the historic Schwertner House. It was built in 1880, and served as a hotel for a short time. It was constructed using the Stick/Eastlake style of architecture. It is currently being restored by the Sulphur Springs Valley Historical Society and is used by the Willcox Women's Club. It is on...more
1251 N Virginia Avenue, Willcox, Arizona, 85643, United States
Good for: Business
1100 W Rex Allen Dr, Willcox, Arizona, 85643, United States
Good for: Business
The rooms are simple, with a Southwestern theme. The facilities are pretty good--washing machines,...more
The decor of Rodney's is like the owner; no frills, no gimmicks, just simple down home style. It looks like what you would see at a family reunion or a church social (except for the pictures of entertainers and the obligatory Rex Allen memorabilia). I sat at the new Rodney's Annex; there is also a patio out back. I had to follow Rodney back to the...more
The Plaza Restaurant is co-located with a Chevron Station. The decor is like a diner with Formica and metal. The food, however, is better than the surroundings might suggest. Portions are large too. Our waitress was attractive and attentive. She was a little distracted though. I think this was because she was at the end of her shift. I had the...more
It's one of your hole-in-the-wall restaurants, and the best ever at that! Rodney serves up everything from Barbecue beef to green chile burritos to Poor Boy sandwiches. You can eat in the back or the front, and the back is heated during the winter. Rodney's is wedged in between the bar (so if you want a drink...) and the pet store, but it's not too...more
The Palace Saloon and Pool Hall was built in 1905 and is regsitered on the list of National Historic Places. During prohibition it was a meat market. Today it still serves as a local drinking place and has two pool tables and a big screen TV to show sporting events. The decor is a curious mixture; with a large old wooden bar and the normal modern...more
It's one of three things you can do in the evening (and if you're under 21, it's one of TWO things you can do)...and it's go see a movie. The Rex Allen Theater shows two flicks every weekend (and during the summer, I believe if shows every night). It's a small theater, but hey...it's something to do. Dress however you like, but casual is pretty...more
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Willcox may be a small community, but walking around it could be hazardous to your health. For one, it's very warm in Willcox during the spring, summer, and early fall, so you could get dehydrated easily. The sun is relentlessly bright, which contributes in great part to that risk of dehydration. Late summer is monsoon season, so you could get soaked in seconds. It's horribly windy during the spring and fall. Most people who live in Willcox drive, too. They tend to stare when people are walking on the side of the road, so that might cause an accident, too. These are all reasons to drive. Another reason is that, since everything you need in Willcox is so close in proximity, there's really nowhere else to walk to. You certainly have to drive to get to all of the National Monuments, and you definitely have to drive to get TO Willcox!
They sell books, antiques, cosmetics, Western films, books by local authors, jewelry, and tons of other goodies. This shop is special because they give funds from books to the Public Library. Also, the books are VERY cheap here--and not all of them have been used.
What to pay: On books, anywhere from 10 cents to 5 dollars a book, and I've never seen one for 5 dollars! The other things sold there cost a bit more, but it's all worth it.
Most people in Willcox are pretty friendly, and will talk to you willingly. However, if someone LOOKS like a crazy character (or anyone you wouldn't want to talk to), then you should probably trust your instincts and end the conversation before it begins. The local yokels aren't all bad--just a select few.
NEVER go down Bisbee Avenue between the hours of 7:30am-8:00am, 12:25pm-1:20pm, 3:00pm-3:15pm. Why? Because the middle and high schools are located on this street, and both have right-handed exits only. There is is much clogging traffic and confusion (mostly outside of the high school), that it's not even funny. If you do go down there, beware of...more
There is no lodging in the Monument. The nearest hotels and motels are in Wilcox, Arizona, 26 miles north.Backcountry camping is prohibited in the Monument. Rock climbing is prohibited in the Monument. Pets are not allowed on wilderness trails or inside park buildings. Mountain bikes are restricted to established paved roads. From DesertUSA's...more
Apple Annie's gives you that real-time country feeling--you can pick your own fruit and vegetables, dine on apple burgers and apple ice cream, and buy country-themed trinkets from the loft. Thousands of people come through every weekend--which makes it really hectic and...sometimes claustrophobic. The canned preserves are kind of expensive, as is everything else. It's all well-worth it. Just be careful where you park, and don't buy a little of everything--you'll go broke.
Unique Suggestions: Sit in the shade if you eat, park on the edge of a row (so you don't have any accidents or have your car smashed into), wear comfortable clothing (I've seen people picking fruit in stilletos and dress slacks), and enjoy the atmosphere--just have fun.
Luggage and bags:
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Jeans or shorts (depending on the time of year or your planned activities), tennis shoes, an umbrella (summer), sunglasses, maybe even a bandanna if you're super allergic to dust.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Band-aids are good anywhere, I always say. If you go out to the farms or monuments, there's a chance of getting scraped up--just a simple First Aid Kit will do.
Miscellaneous: Don't forget water. Willcox is in the desert, it's hot and dry and sunny--and sooo easy to get dehydrated. Even the people who live in Willcox get dehydrated!
On Railroad Avenue, across from Rex Allen Park, is a little store called "Friends of the Library." There is a table of old, dusty books out front, and the door is a bit difficult to open. Inside however, are hundreds of books for super-cheap prices, Avon products, Western movies, tourism information, and tons of other stuff. This little treasure trove is a place you should definitely step into. I guarantee it'll be a while before you step out of it!
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.
Equipment: 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.
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.
Fondest memory: 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!