Experience Graham County
Small town friendliness, over 4 million acres of National Forest and protected Wilderness lands, pristine high desert beauty, the lush Gila Valley, and towering pines on Mount Graham. Graham County is filled with so many things to do in its terrific little communities and has some of the most beautiful scenic terrain in the entire Southwest. It’s no wonder first time visitors frequently come back for more…naturally!
Governor Proclaims September Salsa Trail® Month
Governor Brewer proclaimed September Arizona’s Salsa Trail® Month, a month in which salsa was celebrated at the 7th Annual SalsaFest, September 27 & 28, in the City of Safford Town Square. The SalsaFest is a the hottest event in Southern Arizona with hot air balloons, live entertainment, delicious food, Chihuahua races, a doggie costume contest, and the chance to sample some of the greatest salsas in the Southwest. Arizona Office of Tourism Director Sherry Henry will lead the panel of judges to award prizes for the best salsas at this year’s Salsa Challenge.
Arizona Highways' Featured Scenic Sunday Drive:
Stockton Pass Road
By Roger Naylor
Photos by Randy Prentice
"Sometimes, big things really do come in small packages. And big scenery often comes on little roads. State Route 266 is one of the shortest state highways in Arizona - with just under 20 miles of pavement cutting across the rugged rangeland south of Safford- but ever mile dishes up dramatic vistas as the road rambles westward along the fringe of the Pinaleno Mountains, making this quick journey a big one for memories."
Pick up an Arizona Highways January 2013 Issue to read the entire article!
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Foodies will find Dining in Graham County a treat. The Salsa Trail restaurants serve up some of the best Mexican food in Arizona and you’ll find lots of dining options all through the county.
There’s a lot to choose from – rockhounding to astronomy, hiking to museums, bird watching to mountain biking…something for everyone. If you need help deciding or have questions, Contact Us with a call or an email. We’re glad to help!
Salsa Trail & SalsaFest
Arizona’s Salsa Trail® is all about terrific Mexican food and down-home friendliness. Sprinkled through the small Graham County communities are a dozen Mexican restaurants, a family owned tortilla factory and a lady who grows chilies who have all joined together to make up the Salsa Trail®. In a world where change seems constant, the constant on the Salsa Trail is good food and consistency of service that spans decades. There is an annual SalsaFest every September where people compete for the title of best salsa! To learn more and find authentic salsa recipes visit Salsa Trail online.
Mt. Graham International Observatory Tours
Mid May through October Discovery Park at Eastern Arizona College offers Mt. Graham International Observatory tours. The tours feature a 40 mile trip to the MGIO site near the summit of scenic Mt. Graham and focus on the mountain’s rich history, geology, and diversity of life. The cool mountain air and a delicious sack lunch at the U.S. Forest Service’s Columbine Visitor’s Center will energize you for the guided tour of the three Observatory facilities. The tour van leaves the campus at about 9:30 a.m. (must arrive by 9:00a.m.) and returns about 4:30 p.m. Lunch is included in the ticket price of $40 per person.
Contact the Discovery Park for reservations and further information at 928.428.6260 or visit their website.
Graham County Brochures
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Brochures available upon request at the front desk of hotels and motels in Graham County.