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Cochise County

When you think about the Old West you think about Cochise County.  Located in Southeast Arizona, Cochise County is home to some of the most scenic country in America.  The Chiricahua National Park located in Eastern Cochise County is sometimes called the land of the standing rocks.  The Chiricahua Mountains along with the Dragoon Mountains and Cochise Stronghold was a favorite hiding place for Apache Indians including Geronimo and Cochise.

Tombstone is probably the most famous of the local towns.  It was founded around 1877.  Silver mining was the beginning of Tombstone and all the history that follows.  Some of the most famous characters in and around Tombstone were Doc Holiday, Wyatt Earp and his brothers.  The Gunfight at the O K Corral is one of the most famous talked about tales of the area.  Today Tombstone is mining the Tourist trade.

Kartchner Caverns State Park located in Benson is one of Arizona’s newest parks.


Cochise County is home to approximately 142,000 people.

Cochise County is served by the main line of Union Pacific Railroad running from New Mexico West through Bowie, Willcox and Benson on to Tucson and the West Coast.  The San Pedro & Southwest Railroad serves the local businesses in Benson and Willcox.  The Eastern Arizona Railroad connects freight from the Bowie/San Simon area to Safford, Globe and the Copper mines located in that area of Eastern Arizona.


Interstate 10 follows the same route as the railroad making the County a major transportation center for products moving across Arizona East and West also to markets in Mexico.  US/80 going south from Benson connects Interstate 10 to Tombstone, Bisbee and Douglas.  US 191 between Benson and Willcox carries traffic and commerce from Interstate 10 South to the Port of Douglas.

Cochise County has two main ports of entry into Mexico.  The port of Douglas is growing and soon will be a major port of entry for trade with Mexico.  The port in Naco, just South of Bisbee is a major crossing for products and service from the Copper mine in Cananea, Mexico.

The US Army post of Fort Huachuca is the largest employer in the County.  Located next to the City of Sierra Vista, the Fort is home to approximately 6000 active duty soldiers.   The Fort was established around 1877 to protect the travelers and settlers in Southeast Arizona.  The Fort provides approximately $2.5 Billion to the local economy.


Visit the Asset Inventory at Cochise County’s new economic development website.



Cochise County Agriculture

Agriculture is a significant part of the Cochise County lifestyle and economy.  A major portion of the agricultural production is in the Sulpher Springs Valley, Bowie/San Simon area and some production is in the San Pedro Valley.
Some of the top crops include corn pecans, vegetables.

Livestock inventory items include cattle, horses, goats and bee colonies.

There are approximately 1065 farms in the county, with a total acreage of around 825,000 acres.  Most of the growth of the number of farms occurred in small farms, 180 acres and less.  The market value of products sold in the last few years in the area of $117 million.

There are several Farmers Markets in Cochise County.   They are having success due to people wanting more home grown products.


Sulphur Springs Valley

Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative, Inc.The Sulphur Springs Valley is located in the eastern half of Cochise County, Arizona, spanning from the Chiricahua MountainsDos Cabezas Mountains on the West, and San Simon Valley on the northeast and San Bernardino Valley on the southeast, forming a large area of flatland.  Two water basins serve the area, Willcox Playa (famous for bird watching) in the north half of the Valley and the Yaqui River drainage in the south half that drains into Mexico through Douglas. Although part of the Sonoran Desert, plentiful rains help support wildlife and substantial agricultural activity.  The area is rich in American history featuring cowboys, Native American tribes, outlaws and their hideouts, and several battle sites.  The north-south highway, U.S. Route 191, serves as the main road through Sulphur Springs Valley, connecting Douglas, AZ through Double Adobe, McNeal, Elfrida, Sunsites-Pearce to Interstate 10 and Willcox.  Davis Road provides access east and west across Sulphur Springs Valley. 


As the Douglas US-Agua Prieta Mexico Border Crossing is expanded, new opportunities are emerging for businesses supporting import-export activities, warehousing, packing, and transport services.  The relatively flat land, access to water and abundant sunshine provides ample opportunities for solar energy and hydroponic agriculture.  Real estate in Sulphur Springs Valley provides affordable opportunities to purchase small to large size parcels of land, with good access to the highway and a ready labor force.


Chiricahua Health Clinic is the main source for immediate medical care.  Hospitals in Douglas, Willcox and Sierra Vista provide major medical care.  Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative serves the area and several providers offer broadband access.  Arts and cultural events take place throughout the year.  Many residents are actively engaged in volunteering to promote art, education, and other civic activities.  A variety of restaurants, bakeries, specialty and hardware stores, mechanic services, gas stations, banks, public libraries, fire protection, emergency medical care, and other services are available.


The wide open panoramas of Sulphur Springs Valley gives breathing room to those who want it while still being close enough to the services they need.