Willcox waylay free weekend

Just a short drive from Tucson is a hidden gem Willcox once spelled Wilcox. The weather is 15+ degrees cooler and is a green scenic gem.   There is plenty to do in with the locals at an affordable price. The Museums Rex Allen, Friends of Marty Robbins, Chiricahua research  range from $1-3 a person and they are full of unique history.  We found an old dining car with great BBQ and an old train depot (open M-F only)  in the historic district. The Pioneer Cemetery has the smell of history and the views are peaceful. This is the final resting location Warren Baxter Earp brother of Wyatt Earp. Warren was shot on July 6, 1900 by Johnny Boyet.  We spent a 1/2 day hiking Ft. Bowie. The 2 hour hike each way is well worth it.  The grave stone of Little Robe marks the resting place of one a Geronimo’s sons and Col. John Finkel Stone (1836 – 1869) honored by Tucson naming a street after him. The Chiricahua’s are a 30 minute drive next to the Coronado’s camping area is closed during the summer and reopen in September.   If you want to take a break from the hiking opportunities stop by one of the local wine tasting rooms.  We even did a little treasure shopping.  I am now the proud owner of an antique trumpet.

Organ Pipe National Monument

Did you know?
The major difference between a national park and a national monument is the manner in which they are created. A national park is established through an Act of Congress, and the land may originate from a variety of sources, including public and private land. A national monument is established by Presidential proclamation, and this land is to be taken only from existing public (federal) ownership.

Organ Pipe National Monument is about a 2 hour drive from Tucson.  Some quick facts.  The park was established  in 1 937 Franklin D. Roosevelt. Most of the mountains in the monument are volcanic in origin in the Ajo range. The highest peak in this range, as well as in the park, is Mt. Ajo, which elevates to a height of 4,808 feet.