Highlights

  • Explore the birth of the US Southwest
  • Native American and Pioneer History
  • Historic Tombstone
  • Queen Copper Mine and Fort Bowie
  • Winter Camps of the Cochise and Apache
  • Flora and fauna of the high desert

Nearly 100 years before Britain established a foothold in Jamestown, the Spanish had already established themselves in Mexico and in the American Southwest. Known as Tierra Nueva in the 1540's, states like modern day Arizona and New Mexico were still unexplored lands. The search for gold propelled Spanish conquistador Francisco Vazquez de Coronado to lead the first European expedition here. He found no gold, but succeeded in changing the culture of the American southwest. This was the land of the Chiricahua and Apache Indians, and 19 other tribes of indigenous peoples, and the clash of cultures foreshadowed the changes that lay ahead. This Walk celebrates the many ancient cultures who made their home here, as far back as the prehistoric Clovis civilization until today. With respect, we glimpse how this area came to be part of America. Throughout, we're met with overwhelming majesty in the landscape, and the flora and fauna of the high desert. This is a rare look at America, traveling in small towns and out of the way places. Due to the remote nature of this Walk, some hotels and meals may not meet the The Wayfarers' normally high standard for luxury. Rest assured wherever we go, we always opt for the best available accommodation and dining.

Sunday Overnight: Copper Queen Hotel

Meet at Tucson International Airport and transfer to our hotel in Bisbee.

Monday Overnight: Copper Queen Hotel

We begin at the Coronado National Memorial on the Mexican border, and follow the Arizona Trail to the overlook at Coronado Peak for unobstructed views into Mexico. After a picnic lunch, we'll explore the grasslands and woodlands of Brown Canyon. Chances are good for seeing a variety of wildlife with mule deer feeding along the trail and Mexican Jays perched in the pinyons.

Tuesday Overnight: Triangle T Guest Ranch

Learn about the area's rich mining past at the one and only Queen Copper Mine. On a tour led by former miners we'll don hardhats and ride the "man train" down into the mine. Or skip the mine and hunt for Clovis artifacts along the San Pedro River. This afternoon, we head into legendary Tombstone, site of the gunfight at the O.K. Corral, with old-fashioned wood plank sidewalks and stagecoaches rolling through. Dinner is in the Saloon at our guest ranch hotel.

Wednesday Overnight: Triangle T Guest Ranch

Spend the morning at historic Fort Bowie, the famous 19th century US Army outpost that served as the focal point for military engagement with the indigenous Chiricahua Apaches. As we walk, see remnants of this bloody time in American history, including the ruins of the Butterfield Overland Stage Station at Apache Spring. After lunch, we enter the Chiricahua Mountains to see an immense army of columns, pinnacles and spires rising high above the deep canyons.

Thursday Overnight: Triangle T Guest Ranch

We'll take some time this morning to explore the vast grounds of our home, the Triangle T Ranch, full of geologic wonders and history. Eventually we arrive at the Amerind Foundation, home of the one of the finest private collections of ethnographic and archeological materials in North America. This afternoon we head to Kartchner Caverns State Park, where easy walkways and subtle lighting make for an amazing trip to a fantastic underground world.

Friday Overnight: Hacienda Del Sol

Feel the splendor of the Sonoran Desert and the cactus forest as we hike in Saguaro National Park, with the magnificent Santa Catalina Mountains in the distance. The abundance of life among the giant saguaro, chollas, and ocotillos of this arid garden is truly astounding. This afternoon, we'll hike one canyons that descend from the mountains above Tucson. Tonight we treat ourselves to breathtaking views and 4-star luxury. The perfect place to relax and enjoy our last night together.

Saturday

After breakfast, the Wayfarers will transport you to Tucson airport.
Moderate
The Triangle T Ranch was the real deal
Well defined trails. Dry underfoot, with occassional rock streches. Up to 700' elevation gain and altitudes to 6800'.

TRIP DETAILS

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US $4,395.00
Per Person, Double Occupancy
(Single Supplement US $595.00)
Our Wayfarers friends' Price is US $4,175.00

Dates

From Apr 26 to May 2 (more dates)
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Begins: Tucson Ends: Tucson
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Hotels - Where we stay

The Copper Queen Hotel

The Copper Queen Hotel

The Copper Queen Hotel is a historic landmark in Bisbee. Originally opened by the Copper Queen Mining Company in 1902, guests have included mine dignitaries, Hollywood actors like John Wayne and Lee Marvin, and was featured on the TV shows Ghost Hunters and Ghost Adventures. The hotel has been completely renovated to update the historic Victorian era architecture with contemporary comforts, including an outdoor pool. Each room has a private bath, flat screen TV, AC and Wi-Fi.
The Triangle T Guest Ranch

The Triangle T Guest Ranch

The Triangle T Guest Ranch is more than a place to stay. Set on 160 acres in a remote area near the Coronado National Forest, it somehow has managed to be at the center of landmark events in US history. It was for generations the winter camp ground for the Apache Indians, and has been the site of bloody battles between Native Americans and the army of a young and expanding United States. In WWII it served as a secure location for holding high level Japanese prisoners of war, and more recently has enjoyed a more pleasant distinction as the location for numerous movies and TV. The Ranch has hiking and biking trails, horse riding, a labyrinth, and a vast variety of birds nesting on the property. There is an old-time saloon and grill where we'll enjoy at least one dinner. Guests stay in private casitas with full baths and amenities.
Hacienda Del Sol

Hacienda Del Sol

Hacienda Del Sol is a four-star hotel and one of the top-rated hotels in Tucson. Nestled in the Catalina Foothills, in addition to breathtaking views of the South Catalina Mountains, guests can enjoy the spa, Jacuzzi, and outdoor infinity pool, or stroll through the botanical gardens and see the art located throughout the property. The hotel has two award winning restaurants, including a ˜Best of Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator Magazine. Each room has Wi-Fi, TV, cable, and a hair dryer.

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