Established in 1880
Willcox is located on Interstate 10 halfway between Phoenix, Arizona and El Paso, Texas, approximately 90 miles east of Tucson. Willcox is in the northern section of the Sulphur Springs Valley which cuts through Cochise County for nearly 100 miles averaging more than 15 miles in width. Willcox was established in 1880 and incorporated in 1915. Willcox serves as the major trade and service center for agriculture and tourism within the county.
Population / Elevation
4,000 people in city, 11,000 in general area / 4,156 feet above sea level
Weather / Climate
At a high elevation on the eastern edge of the Sonoran Desert, Willcox has a mild, year-round climate.
|Willcox, Arizona - Monthly Climate Normals|
Willcox began as a small cow town and was once known as the "Cattle Capital" of the nation. Cattle are still an important aspect of the economy, and a large livestock auction is held annually in Willcox.
Row crops such as cotton and small grains are significant as well. The diversification of agriculture has resulted in the establishment of apple orchards, pistachio and pecan groves, ostrich farms, grape vineyards and two hydroponics tomato green houses.
A well-established U-Pick-it industry provides fresh produce for all of Southern Arizona and Southwestern New Mexico. There are dozens of U-Pick farms in the Willcox area. A variety of different fruits and vegetables can be harvested, and has become a tradition for many families to travel to Willcox annually to pick their own fresh produce. Tourists, as well as traveling business people also have an important impact on the city's economy.
There are hotels and motels in Willcox with something for every taste and price range. For more information and a complete list. Click Here. (Rates, availability and reservation online)
Things To Do
- January: Wings Over Willcox (Sandhill Crane Celebration) - 3rd Weekend
- February: Miniature Art Show
- April: Southeastern Arizona Fine Arts Show
- May: Rex Allen Golf Tournament
- June: Balloon Festival
- July: Summer Fest Picnic
- July thru October: U-Pick Vegetable Fruit
- September: Magic Circle Bike Challenge - Labor Day Weekend
- October: Rex Allen Days - 1st Weekend. Cowboy Hall of Fame Induction
- November: Holiday House
- December: Christmas Apple Festival - 1st Friday & Saturday
Camping & RV Parks
There are many camping and RV accommodations in and around Willcox. For more information, contact:
- Willcox Chamber of Commerce
1500 N. Circle I Rd., Willcox, Arizona
For more on Rex Allen click on picture
Resources & Nearby Attractions
Cities & Towns
Parks & Monuments
Recreation & Wilderness Areas
- Rustler Park Recreation Area: 80 miles southeast.
- Rucker Canyon Recreation Area: 50 miles south.
- Miller Peak Wilderness: 97 miles west.
- San Pedro National Riparian Conservation Area: 34 miles west.
- Cochise Stronghold Recreation Area: 65 miles southwest.
Historic & Points of Interest
- Cochise Center & Museum: 520-384-2272
- Rex Allen Museum and Theater: 520-384-4583
- Willcox Cowboy Hall of Fame: 520-384-4583
- Historic Downtown and Railroad Avenue: 520-384-2272
- Cochise Lake Bird Sanctuary: 520-384-2272
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Canyon de Chelly National Monument
Canyon de Chelly NM offers the opportunity to learn about Southwestern Indian history from the earliest Anasazi to the Navajo Indians who live and farm here today. Its primary attractions are ruins of Indian villages built between 350 and 1300 AD at the base of sheer red cliffs and in canyon wall caves.
Glen Canyon Dam
Held behind the Bureau of Reclamation's Glen Canyon Dam, waters of the Colorado River and tributaries are backed up almost 186 miles, forming Lake Powell. The dam was completed in 1963. Take a look at this tremendous feat of engineering - the Glen Canyon Dam.
Due to the shale deposits which slope gently to the river here, Lees Ferry was the only place to cross the Colorado River for 260 miles until the Navajo Bridge was built across Marble Canyon in 1927. Join DesertUSA as we explore this historic site.
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
The movie Stagecoach, in 1939 introduced two stars to the American public, John Wayne, and Monument Valley. Visiting Monument Valley gives you a spiritual and uplifting experience that few places on earth can duplicate. Take a look at this spectacular scenery in this DesertUSA video.
Oatman AZ & the Wild Burros
Oatman is a fun place to visit -- an authentic old western town with burros roaming the streets and gunfights staged on weekends. The burros are tame and can be hand fed. Enjoy an exploration!