Greenlee County

A place where you have time to dream and space to make a difference. This web of diverse mining, ranching, and farming communities sits within a breathtaking sliver of land tucked in below the White Mountains with the Navajo and White Mountain Apache Reservations to the north, and along the fabled Coronado Trail at the state line bordering New Mexico to the east. Comprised of a handful of small mining and farming towns including Clifton, Duncan, Guthrie, Sheldon, Morenci, York, and Franklin; Greenlee is certainly off the beaten path - but what a path it is! Surrounded by unmatched scenic beauty, this is a drive that so few takes but so many will take again. The beautiful Gila River valley with its open fields, abundant wildlife, and rockhounding areas accent the ring of resiliency that can be felt on every surface and seen in every building in the area.


If the mine provides the backdrop for Greenlee, the people provide the story. You won’t visit a place across this great state that is more welcoming than Greenlee. Maybe it’s the importance of collaboration that binds them, or maybe it's pure heart and dedication, but each person has carved out their own way to contribute to the success of their community. From the restoration of the Morenci Miners Local 616 Union Hall to the revitalization of the Hotel Reardon in Clifton and The Simpson Hotel in Duncan, you can see the fortitude of so many to restore and maintain the history of Greenlee. Visit Greenlee and take a journey where arrival at your destination is only the beginning.

Arts & Culture (Recommended up to 2)

In a place as rich in industrial history and mining heritage, you may not expect to find the passion for art that Greenlee exudes. With hidden artistic and cultural gems spattered across the area like “The Strike” mural or the art collection of The Simpson Hotel, the area touts unique art just waiting to be admired by locals and visitors alike.

Duncan’s Visitors Center includes a unique art gallery and gift shop, and a wealth of information on Duncan Valley’s history. Pick up a self-guided map here, and enjoy a day-tour through Duncan exploring its historical buildings.

Country Chic

History abounds on Clifton's Chase Creek Street, as one of the wildest camps in the West. Although the brothels and saloons are gone, the architecture and spirit of that era live on in the historic small businesses that remain.

Downtown “Chase Creek” Historic Business District

Unique experiences and authentic small town hospitality can be enjoyed during this gala. The Art Exhibit celebrates copper’s array of rich pigments and its importance to life by showcasing many artists who include its magic in their work

Galleria Coronado/Colors of Copper Art Gala

This Historical Society is dedicated to the preservation of historic and cultural resources. The building is an artifact in itself - built in 1913. Stop by on select days and get to know the people and their achievements of the past years.

Greenlee County Historical Museum

This overlook offers spectacular views of the ever-changing Freeport-McMoran’s Morenci Mine. A haul truck tire is displayed showing the true scale of the heavy equipment being utilized below. From above, the machinery looks toy-like.

Morenci Mine Overlook

This shop houses a collection from all around the world - accumulated through decades of rockhounding, buying, and trading. This shop offers local elements of fire agate and petrified wood, handcrafted items, Afghans, jewelry, and beyond.

Rock-a-Buy Rocks & Gifts

This Hal Empie classic “Greenlee”, hangs in the cafeteria of the Duncan High School. It depicts an amazing 40 characters, including people, animals, landmarks, lifestyle, transportation, and local flora and fauna.

The Hal Empie Mural

Visit a century-old inn, a gourmet bed & breakfast, and discover a region of rivers, mountains, canyons, backroads, farms and ranches, and real cowboys. They also have the largest collection of original art hanging.

The Simpson Hotel

Built in 1916, the hall is home to the famous mural commemorating the 1983-1986 United Steelworkers strike. The mural commemorates the legendary labor activist Cesar Chavez, among other symbolic figures.

Union Hall “The Strike” Mural


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

With a proud history deeply staked in the railroad and traditions representative of ranching, farming and Native American heritage, Greenlee embodies a time where hard work and determination built a foundation for many generations to come.

The locomotive of the Coronado Railroad now sits next to the Clifton Cliff Jail. The Jail was blasted from solid rock and built into the side of the cliff in 1881. Visitors can enter to experience the conditions of justice of the old west.

Clifton Cliff Jail

“Copperhead,” was the first baby-gauge locomotive to arrive in AZ from 1897-1922. After being rebuilt from parts of engines, the locomotive was put on display at the Clifton Plaza in 1937 and can be seen in front of Clifton's Cliff Jail.

Copperhead Train

This Historical Society is dedicated to the preservation of historic and cultural resources. The building is an artifact in itself - built in 1913. Stop by on select days and get to know the people and their achievements of the past years.

Greenlee County Historical Museum

This Historical Society is dedicated to the preservation of historic and cultural resources. The building is an artifact in itself - built in 1913. Stop by on select days and get to know the people and their achievements of the past years.

Greenlee County Historical Museum

 Home to “America’s Long Walk for Freedom” hiking trail with a 300’ steep climb which leads to a scenic overlook of South Clifton. This trail honors all US armed forces veterans with many who visit considering it a “place of healing”.

Mares Bluff Veteran’s Memorial

This machine represented the cutting edge of mining technology in the late 19th century. When the mine shut down in 1923, it was stranded for 67 years. The "No. 5" was eventually put on display in the Morenci Plaza on January 18, 1991.

No 5 Baby Gauge Locomotive

The Clifton Visitor Center should be your first stop for information all about Greenlee. Located in a historic train depot, volunteers will guide you on places to see, things to do and help you make the most of your time in Greenlee.

Train Station & Visitors Center


Wine & Dine (Recommended up to 4)

Greenlee is a place where you’ll always find yourself dining in a ‘locals' favorite’ greasy spoon. With locally owned restaurants in every town throughout the area, you can be assured that Greenlee’s food selection will satisfy any craving.

El Corralito provides a friendly atmosphere with a wide variety of Italian and Mexican cuisine and is the place to stop for a calzone with a glass of beer or wine when in the area. 

El Corralito

Serving up specialties like Shrimp & Lobster Sauce and Mogollon Beef, Golden City is a perfect place to dine in or take out a Chinese meal. Call in advance to confirm hours, but when open they are a great option in the area.

Golden City Restaurant

Located in York Valley, the Greenlee County Golf & Country Club is open 5 days/week, Tues-Sat and offers a full bar and diverse American menu. Membership is not required and the clubhouse atmosphere is comfortable and clean.

Greenlee County Golf & Country Club Lounge

Serving up Sonoran-Style Mexican & American food, breakfast lunch dinner; 7-days a week, Hilda’s is the place to eat while in the area. Top next door at their quaint food market and butcher shop while you’re there!

Hilda’s Market & Kitchen

Humble Pie in Duncan is actually the original owner of the name and not affiliated with popular city chains, but you will find delicious Sicilian-style and Chicago-style pies. A great stop to feed your pizza craving.

Humble Pie

Los Mendoza has a cool, retro vibe providing mostly take-out authentic Mexican tacos, burritos and more. Try their carne asada fries and anything with their fresh and delicious pico de gallo.

Los Mendoza Taco Shop

The friendly staff welcomes you into this lively haunt, clearly a favorite of the locals. Michelle’s offers a good variety of craft beers along with a diverse menu of Mexican cuisine and pub food, all with a spicy twist.

Michelle's Bar & Grill

This little restaurant has amazingly good food and a very friendly atmosphere. A few of the often mentioned highlights here include their homemade pies, anything with gravy including their chicken fried steak and their enchiladas.

PJ’s Cafe

A local place, often used for delivery but offering pizza, wings and a salad bar along with a friendly staff. Try something different with their teriyaki wings or one of their pizzas and you’re sure to have a fulfilling meal. 

R&R Pizza

Just ask for the Big Rig - a hidden item not on the menu but the meal you were looking for that you didn’t know could exist for the price. The Single Jack Restaurant is attached to the Morenci Motel and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Single Jack Restaurant

A local favorite and now run by the original wait staff, The Miner’s diner serves up a Mexican-American menu with a separate bar next door so you can get a drink with dinner. Come in for a game of billiards or to catch the latest game!

The Miner’s Diner & Bar

Spend quality time with friends and bowl a few games while enjoying a menu of sandwiches, pizza, salads.

The Morenci Garage & Bowling Alley

Looking for a meat and potatoes kind of meal? The Ranch House is the place to stop for ribs, wings and of course, steak along with a full menu filled with American fare options and a bar

The Ranch House


Outdoor Sports & Recreation (Recommended up to 2)

There are few places that showcase as diverse a natural environment as Greenlee County, Arizona. If you are planning your next outdoor adventure, Greenlee has miles trails for anyone on two wheels that take you from the low lying desert, all the way up to the thick forest pines. Greenlee also touts an array of well-documented birding and wildlife locations that bring many visitors to the region each year.

Known to locals as Old Safford Road, this route boasts spectacular vista views of the Gila and San Francisco River Valleys. There are many opportunities for camping, bird watching, fishing, mountain biking, hiking, and river floating. 

Black Hills Backcountry National Scenic Byway

Formerly known as Route 666, The Coronado Trail connecting Clifton to Alpine is one of the greatest roadways in the US. The trek retraces the journey of the Spanish Conquistadors of the 1500s, offering breathtaking scenery along the way.

Coronado Trail

Check out the Javelina Chase, a spring cycling event with hundreds of cross-country cyclists every year. The area has been featured on Adventure Cycling’s route map, with cycling rapidly becoming a significant economic input for the region.

Cycling

All along the Coronado Trail, explore trails, parks and rec areas. Check out Granville and Blue Recreation Areas, along with Strayhorse, Eagle Creek, Hannagan Meadow and the Cold Creek area along Highway 78 from Three Way to Mule Creek.

Fishing, Hiking, & Camping

If birding is your passion, this is a one-mile walking loop located in Duncan on the east side of Main Street before heading north across the Duncan Bridge, to easily catch a glimpse of over 300 species of birds that inhabit the area.

Gila River Birding and Wildlife Trail

A source of recreation featuring a rodeo arena, boarding stables and mud drag race track. Board your horses during a stay here, and gear them up for one of our small town country parades or a ride trails found throughout the area.

Greenlee County Fairgrounds

This center serves as a hub of many of the activities offered in the area through Parks and Recreation, as well as other clubs and interests. The center houses a fitness center, indoor water park, kid care facility and rock climbing wall.

Morenci Recreation Center

Easily find fire agate, quartz crystal rose, geodes at the one of the nation’s largest rockhounding sites amongst a snow-like blanket field of chalcedony just waiting to be picked up off the ground.

Round Mountain BLM Rockhound Area

In honor of the Lazy B Rancher’s daughter, Sandra Day O’Connor, who grew up in the Duncan Valley. After beautification efforts, this park is an easily enjoyed walking/jogging path, and a site to behold while traveling eastbound on US 70.

Sandra Day O’Connor Walkway Park

Formerly the location of the 1913 Freiheit Building, this is a great place to picnic with a white gazebo, antique clock, tree-lined grass, picnic tables, flower beds, and an old western facade backdrop with a planked boardwalk. 

Spezia Square Park

The Clifton Splash Pad is a new, fun outdoor experience for the whole family. Open from May to September, the splash pad contains something for everyone to stay cool.  

Splash Pad


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