“Mucho Gusto” – Nice to meet you; a greeting likely heard more than once while strolling along the roomy sidewalks of Douglas, AZ. Similar to ecosystems in the surrounding Sonoran & Chiricahua Deserts, the culture of Douglas is a blended one; as seen in its multi-cultural architecture, Church Square (a unique intersection containing four different churches on each corner), and the 1st International Airport of the Americas. A mere mile from the Mexican border, Douglas considers itself a town without boundaries; seeing its history and its future through a bi-national lens.

With family at its core, Douglas is a community deeply rooted in traditional values. Respect, chivalry, and harmony resonate across generations with a distinct feel of patriotism and pride in both community and country. Recently featured as ‘One of the Best Places in America for Millennial Start-Ups’, and 3rd in the nation ranked Cochise College, Douglas is a place that has always embodied opportunity. While visiting, don’t miss an opportunity to experience historic Hotel Gadsden, with its majestic marble staircase and breathtaking Tiffany-style glass mural; or stop by to honor the Wall of Faces and the many veterans from the Douglas community that have fought so bravely for our country.

From world-renowned, authentic Mexican food to quaint “tienditas” that line the downtown streets, Douglas offers an escape from the chaos of the large city in a quiet environment that continues to embrace diversity and encourage inclusivity. No matter who you are or where you are from, you will find a family in Douglas, AZ.

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Arts & Culture (Recommended up to 2)

The charming border-town of Douglas has adapted an artistic spirit that matches the cultural influences around them. Experience the creativity of the Southwest in Douglas and leave with new inspiration for your artistic endeavors.

A museum dedicated to the celebration and preservation of over 42 Art Cars. The museum is open by appointment, bilingual and hosts international festivities, including the magnificent ArtCar Fest! 

Art Car World

A platform for creative expression providing the borderlands community an immersive arts district through bi-national art walks, film festivals, workshops, performances, public dialogues, and artist residencies.  

Border Arts Corridor

Run by the Douglas Art Association and housed in a building constructed in 1902, this gallery hosts rotating exhibits, cultural events, lectures, and classes for community members and visitors to enjoy.

Douglas Art Gallery

Promotes research and education out of the Douglas-Williams House with one of the state’s most comprehensive photographic collections, chronicling the city’s historic past. Step inside and back in time.

Douglas Historical Society

History, Heritage, & Tradition (Recommended up to 4)

The deep history and heritage of Douglas are seen all throughout the town. Douglas’ history dates back to the 1500’s when Cabeza de Vaca established a route from Mexico. From the grand staircase at the Gadsden Hotel where Pancho Villa and his horse Siete Leguas left a chip on the grand staircase to Douglas’ historic district and the secret tunnels of El Chapo, come to experience a rich history, deeply embedded in tradition.

In 2016, notorious Cartel member El Chapo Guzman escaped from prison through an underground tunnel below his jail cell. See the entrance to the tunnel that set the stage for one of the best-kept secrets underground.

“El Chapo” Guzman’s Tunnel

Promotes research and education out of the Douglas-Williams House with one of the state’s most comprehensive photographic collections, chronicling the city’s historic past. Step inside and back in time.

Douglas-Williams House

This abandoned railway line was constructed in 1901-1902, as the route from Douglas to El Paso. The building left standing now serves as the Douglas Police Department, with a skatepark and the Visitor Center on the same property. 

Douglas Visitor Center & Southern Pacific Railroad Depot

A national treasure, the history of the Gadsden is almost as grand as its lobby, which includes a white, marble staircase and 42ft Tiffany-inspired glass mural. As a hidden secret, ask about the Rathskeller!

Historic Gadsden Hotel

Curated by Ginny Jordan and Hector Leon to honor Vietnam veterans across the country. The Wall of Faces includes photographs, letters, stories, and memorabilia from more than 500 Douglas men and women, who served in the Vietnam War.

Wall of Faces - Veterans Commemoration Project

Wine & Dine (Recommended up to 4)

Douglas is a true mecca for delectable delights and truly authentic flavors representing both nations connected along the border. With quaint, and cozy cafes serving up delicious morning dishes to restaurants and cocinas offering Mexican cuisine that cannot be found anywhere else, Douglas’ claim to fame may very well be their food and dining experiences.

Visit Asadero El Guero for their famous carne asada. Try this favorite in a burrito or taco, or over nachos with cheese and green chiles. Load their fries with cheese and onions for a delicious side dish. 

Asadero El Guero

What could be better than a locally-owned cafe that changes its menu with the seasons? Blueberry Cafe never disappoints, offering Perfect Pumpkin Pecan Pancakes and hot Tortilla Soup or gourmet coffees and lattes; just to name a few!

Blueberry Cafe

Grab breakfast at Border Taco to enjoy Mexican and American favorites, from chilaquiles to pancakes. Their full menu boasts a wide variety of options, including seafood, salads, and their delicious chile rellenos. 

Border Taco

Sits at the base of the Historic Gadsden Hotel; named after the most haunted hotel room on the property. Come in and enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner with delicious menu items like the Spinach & Feta Omelette or Green Chili Casserole. 

Cafe 333

A unique mix of Fine Mexican Food along with Steakhouse favorites. Known for their fajitas and their mesquite-fired steaks, Chatitas also offers specialty menu items like Cilantro Cream Chicken and six different chicken wing flavors.

Chatitas Steakhouse

Start with an ice-cold margarita at El Alamo before exploring their delicious food options. Follow that with a cheese crisp or nacho appetizer, then enjoy one of their made-to-order steaks.

El Alamo

Visit El Burron for one of their gigantic burros, big enough for two and served with a side of fries. Finish your meal with their horchata for a sweet, refreshing end. 

El Burron

Enjoy a hearty meal at this local favorite any time of day. Try one of their many breakfast scrambles or burritos for breakfast, or wait until lunchtime to check out their unique soup of the day.

El Chef

Don’t miss 2019’s award-winning El Rinconcito Del Sabor. Have one of their fresh and healthy meals for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Enjoy a salad of fresh vegetables or opt for a heartier option like a burrito, cheeseburger, or carne asada fries. 

El Rinconcito Del Sabor

This festive and cozy cafe offers an inclusive menu featuring several vegetarian entrees. Try their mini chimis or burritos for a light option, but don’t miss their famous hard shell tacos.

La Fiesta Cafe

Lai Lai’s features both a buffet and a full dining menu. For those craving traditional Asian cuisine, Lai Lai’s will fit the bill. Try their Lo Mein or Crab Puffs during your visit!

Lai Lai Chinese Restaurant

Walking in, you will immediately be met with a rustic vibe in a  warm, friendly atmosphere.  Maná is one of Douglas’ favorite breakfast spots and serves up extremely generous portions of delicious home-cooked food. 

Maná Restaurant and Bakery

Recently remodeled, the Saddle and Spur touts a new local draft beer and spirits selection and features drink specials including the signature “Gadsden Cocktail”. Come in and throw some money in the jukebox while you unwind from your day. 

Saddle & Spur Tavern

What makes their sushi different? It’s the Mexican flare. With traditional items like California rolls, fried rice, and spicy shrimp tempura; they also offer rolls topped with Tampico, camaron, and the reyna especial.

Sushi De Papa

One of Douglas’ newest restaurants, The Golden Time serves up delicious chicken wings, burgers on sourdough bread, and curly fries...with bacon if you so choose.Save room for a milkshake or wash it all down with Agua Piña. 

The Golden Time Restaurant

Known for its delightful staff and superb cuisine with a wide array of great selections. The Original Grand Cafe is one of the area's favorite culinary destinations and is sure to offer a unique dining experience every time you visit. 

The Original Grand Cafe

Outdoor Sports & Recreation (Recommended up to 2)

With a more temperate climate than you may think, Douglas is a beautiful place to get away and spend a little time in nature. From camping to ranching, to admiring the wildlife in a region connected in so many ways to the Sonoran & Chiricahuan Deserts, Douglas is a breathtaking place to seek peace and quiet.

The 18-hole public, par 71 golf course measures 6779 yards from the longest tees and has a slope rating of 125 and a 71.3 USGA rating. The course is perfect for all skill levels and offers a nice getaway for the traveling golf enthusiast.

Douglas Golf Course

The Douglas Rifle and Pistol Club features covered shooting positions, a pistol range, a small-bore range out to 100 meters, a rifle range out to 300 meters, and an archery range. The range is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 

Douglas Rifle and Pistol Club

The Skate Park is a great location if you want to take your kids to ride their skateboards or even bikes.  It is located right next to the Visitors Center and is a favorite with the local youth. 

Douglas Skate Park

“Texas John” Slaughter was elected Sheriff of Cochise County in 1886. He was one of the Southwest’s most beloved characters and most feared lawmen. Enjoy the scenery, wildlife, and atmosphere that has been left untouched since his time.

John Slaughter Ranch

Established in 1878 and named after Lieutenant Rucker, this weathered, adobe-style home represents 80 years of ranching history and still sits peacefully in a sea of rolling grass.

Old Camp Rucker Ranch

The 2,369-acre refuge was established to protect the remnants of the wetlands of the San Bernardino ciénega, and now provides recovery for native fish and serves as a migratory corridor from Mexico to the Rocky Mountains.

San Bernardino Wildlife Refuge

Local Lodging (Recommended up to 2)

Douglas is truly unique in its ability to offer lodging stays for any visitor looking to experience something new, or historic. This one of a kind community is full of charm and welcoming hospitality; guests should definitely consider a stay in some of these local lodging options.

With RV-friendly lots, cabins, sunset views, and a backdrop of the surrounding Mule, Swiss Helm, Perillo, Chiricahua, and Dragoon mountains, this campground sits on a 120-acre ranch recently voted for best year round climate in Arizona. 

Desert Oasis Campground

Located in Arizona's Southern Plateau, this campground includes men’s/women’s restrooms, laundry, horse boarding, trap/skeet and sporting clays shooting, and wi-fi throughout, Double Adobe is a camper’s dream.

Double Adobe Campground

A national treasure, the history of the Gadsden is almost as grand as its lobby, which includes a white, marble staircase and 42ft Tiffany-inspired glass mural. As a hidden secret, ask about the Rathskeller!

Historic Gadsden Hotel

A B&B that embodies local history with all the family-style hospitality and homemade meals to perfect the experience. Bonus: Avenue Hotel Bed and Breakfast is pet friendly too!

The Avenue Hotel Bed & Breakfast

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