Every community needs a hub for local connection and business activity. A coffee shop and bakery with regular hours, wi-fi and comfortable seating would provide an important ‘place’ for those that get their mornings started early.
ASU performed a study in the area and identified this need, saying, “a drive-in theatre can attract people of all ages in the community and serve as a gathering place where community can develop in a unique and entertaining environment”.
Greenlee County provides a multitude of outdoor recreational experiences including tubing, rafting, kayaking, and cycling.For those that visit to enjoy the surrounding land, there is a need for a recreational supply and/or repair shop.
Specialty Food Market
Although the towns in Greenlee County are rural, many of the residents have relocated from urban areas and are seeking clean, organic and specialty foods that are not currently available in local markets that would cater to all families.
The County supports a booming mining industry, but struggles to provide housing or lodging to new residents and visitors. With affordable land, a variety of vacant buildings and an astounding waitlist provides opportunity for improvement.
Mares Bluff Veteran’s Memorial
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”.
Train Station & Visitors Center
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.
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.
Clifton Cliff Jail
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.
“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.