Crops & Cattle.  While Clifton-Morenci mining activities were on the rise, the Gila Valley drew homesteaders and new ranches the late 1870’s. The towns of Richmond and Purdy, now Virden and Duncan, were established alongside the banks of the Gila River.  1884 saw the beginning of the XXX Ranch alongsideContinue Reading

Wild West Legends.  Mountain men, like James Pattie, ventured up our rivers and creeks in 1825. They were looking for “soft gold” in the form of beaver pelts. Geronimo, born in 1829 “where the three rivers meet” tells his own tales of the county. Insisting he was born in Arizona,Continue Reading

Whether you are a touring cyclist or a mountain biker, our roads and trails will supply new challenges! Tour Biking A major tour bike route through Greenlee County is the Adventure Cycling Association’s Southern Tier (Section 2) Route. This segment is all on US Highway 70 (The Old West Highway)Continue Reading

From RV Parks to Forest Service campgrounds to primitive camping, Greenlee County has it all! See camping options here!Continue Reading

Greenlee County’s rivers flow year-round! Fish for catfish, brook trout, Apache trout, grayling, and others. Also, try Aker Lake. Fishing and hunting are plentiful with many year-round rivers for stream fishing and thousands of National Forest acres that are home to bear, lion, elk, deer, turkey, antelope, javelina, bighorn sheepContinue Reading

Hike forests, river valleys, wilderness mountains, and desert terrains!  Maybe all in one day! And … you may be alone on the trail. Entering Greenlee County via US 70 brings you near Ash Peak. Ash Peak itself is split in half and shared between Arizona’s Greenlee and Graham Counties. AshContinue Reading

Birding / Bird Watching The Gila River Watershed in Greenlee County is rich with diverse wildlife habitats that are attractive to bird watchers. Research by Arizona Field Ornithologists confirmed significant bird populations thoughout Greenlee County in all seasons. Over 300 species of birds visit Greenlee County including the Sandhill Crane,Continue Reading


The legendary Coronado Trail Scenic Highway (US 191), aka “The Devil’s Highway” (Old Route 666) leads travelers from high desert landscapes to alpine forests (or vice versa) via more than 200 switchbacks and many hairpin turns so the views are ever-changing and as beautiful as they are varied. The BlackContinue Reading