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!




Dry Lake Park - something for (almost) everyone


SAFFORD - One of the most versatile parks in the Gila Valley may be one of its best-kept secrets.


Dry Lake Park, north of the Gila River near Safford Regional Airport, consists of an archery course, paintball course, radio-controlled model airplane landing strip, rifle range, small arms/pistol range, and a trap and skeet shooting range. City of Safford Web site also lists camping, hiking, open space, covered ramadas and restrooms as amenities at the park. Click here for the full story.


Hiking Club in the Gila Valley?



Interested in some Gila Valley Day Hikes? Click Here to see the 2014 calendar of hiking events. Click here to to see the list of hikes.


Off to the Tall Ferns - July Hike of the Month


Clark Peak Hike on
Saturday July 19, 2014


Can you believe there is a place on the mountain where the ferns grow up to your chest? We are off to find them at the end of the road. The trail meanders along the ridge out towards West Peak providing views of both sides of the mountain. To the north you glimpse the Gila Valley, the Santa Teresa mountains and the towns of Safford, Thatcher and Pima. Off to the south and west, the Winchesters, the Galiuros, West Peak and the Sulphur Springs Valley stretch to the horizon.


About two miles out, between Hurricane Pass and Taylor Canyon, you will travel through a huge open meadow of tall ferns.


Time and Place: 8:00 am - Main gate of the County Fairgrounds
(Right off Hwy 191 across from the LDS Chapel, and Church at Safford.)


Center for the Arts


The Railers
Friday, August 8, 2014 at 7:00 PM


When brothers Jordan and Jonathan Lawson, raised right here in the Gila Valley, met lively Arizona native Cassandra in the mountains of Flagstaff, Arizona, the foundation was laid for the adventure of a lifetime. All three classically trained students had plans of making the 2,600 mile journey to Music City to follow their dreams. But it wasn't until an impromptu concert in Phoenix that the trio realized there was an undeniable blend between their musical styles. “We had no idea that night would plant the seed of becoming a band”.


In January of 2002, the eldest brother Jonathan was the first to pack up his little truck and make the 28-hour drive to Nashville Tennessee. Cassandra followed suit 6 months later, with Jordan not far behind. For the next several years, they each paid bills by working various industry jobs, playing for several country artists including Sara Evans, Josh Turner and Lorrie Morgan.


But it wasn't until May of 2008 when they met the easy going Indiana drummer, Tyler Oban, that the story was set in motion. After a couple years of fitting shows in between rigorous touring schedules and school, they reached a crucial fork in the road. On April 11, 2010 they all took a deep breath and a leap of faith, signing their names on a crumpled café napkin that said " September 11, 2010 or Bust."


Mt. Graham Sunset






Apple Annie's has announced their 2014 events!

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Stage 2 Fire Restrictions

Dry Conditions Trigger Increased Fire Restrictions in Southeastern Arizona

Tucson, AZ --- Effective Thursday, June 5, the Bureau of Land Management Gila District, all districts of the Coronado National Forest, Saguaro National Park, Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, Coronado National Memorial, Chiricahua National Monument, Fort Bowie National Historic Site, Tumacácori National Historical Park, and Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument will increase campfire and smoking restrictions in southeastern Arizona, consistent with Arizona State Forestry Division fire restrictions already in place statewide.


For more information, click here.



Drivers Reminded to 'Pull Aside, Stay Alive' During Monsoon Season

Pull Aside, Stay Alive. That’s the familiar message to drivers from the Arizona Department of Transportation as another summer monsoon season approaches. Click here to read more



Highroads' July/August 2014 Edition:

Gimme a Hamburger

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Zoomer Magazine

Magical Southeast Arizona: Exploring Spots often Overlooked

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Arizona Highways May 2014 Edition:
Safford & Mi Casa Tortilla Factory

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Official Travel Guide 2014 Visit Tucson Magazine:

Science, Scenery, and Salsa Trail

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Gateway to Copper Corridor Spring 2014 Edition:

Coronado National Forrest and Bird Watching

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Graham County Weather


Latest Safford, Arizona, weather


Historic SaffordSafford is home to the Graham County Chamber of Commerce and is the hub of activity in the region.  A lot of people have a notion of what “Hometown America” is and that is exactly what you will experience when you walk the streets of downtown Safford, stroll through the town square, and visit with the people you meet on the street.  As a matter of fact, it’s like that in all the Graham County communities – just plain friendly folks.


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

Salsa Trail


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



Salsa Trail BrochureHistoric Walking and Driving Tour








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Brochures available upon request at the front desk of hotels and motels in Graham County.