Six Free Things to Do in Graham County, Arizona
While the downturn of the economy has limited our spending money, there is no better time than now to find something that doesn’t break the bank. Just a few hours away from Phoenix, Graham County located in southeast Arizona offers 6 FREE things to do and see that can fit any budget. Each of the free things to do and see are rare ways to use the day, or part of the day, whether you are with your family, meaningful other, or enjoying some time alone. Travelers can experience museums, historic towns, and the spectacular scenery surrounding and connecting the communities within Graham County, Arizona.
Free things to do and see in Graham County Arizona include:
Cruise Arizona’s Salsa Trail® – Arizona’s Salsa Trail® is all about terrific Mexican food and down-home friendliness. Sprinkled by the small Southern Arizona communities that surround Safford are a dozen Mexican restaurants, a family owned tortilla factory and a lady who grow chilies who have all joined together to make up the Salsa Trail®. In a world where change seems continued, the continued on the Salsa Trail is good food and consistency of service that spans decades. Chances are that the person who greets you, the waitress who serves your food, and the cook who prepares the traditional Mexican recipes, have been on the job for 10, 15, 20 years or more. Gotta eat, so take in the sights and meet some really friendly people!
Incredible Native American Art – The Mills Collection contains Indian artifacts from what is known as the Salado Period (1250 A.D. to 1450 A.D.), and is an extensive characterize of the culture and lifestyle of the people who inhabited the Graham County vicinity long ago. Artifacts ranging from pottery to arrowheads to jewelry, The Mills Collection can be viewed from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday by Friday, located on the first floor of the Eastern Arizona College Student sets Building, 615 N. Stadium method, Thatcher, AZ. Learn more about the Mills Collection by visiting Eastern Arizona College’s website.
Hike, Bike, Rockhound, Bird Watch, Soak in a Hot Spring – Graham County is home to millions of acres of public land – state parks, two National Forests, wilderness areas, 10,000+ foot tall Mount Graham, lakes, canyons, flows and amazing scenery. If you enjoy the out of doors, you’ll love Graham County! Check out all the things to do & see at Visit Graham County’s website.
Graham County Historical Society and Museum – The Finest Rural Museum in Arizona, 15 Rooms filled with historical artifacts, books, documents, articles, map guides, historical books and more. This museum offers an impressive collection of archeological material linking the past with the present. Museum hours are 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Saturday, 3430 W. Main Street (Hwy 70), Thatcher, AZ.
Discovery Park Campus – Discovery Park is an entertainment retreat, emphasizing the science and culture of the Gila Valley, from mining and agriculture to space exploration. A complete-motion simulator takes guests on a ride past Mt. Graham to tour the solar system, and the character’s hideaway riparian habitat, just east of the campus. The Vatican Observatory loans several displays to the park, including an astrolabe made in 1608. An astrolabe is an ancient astronomical computer used for solving problems relating to time and the position of the Sun and the stars in the sky. Learn more at Eastern Arizona College’s Discovery Park’s website.
SALSAFEST – SalsaFest is great, affordable family fun for all! The 2010 SalsaFest will include salsa making contests, a festival marketplace, salsa music and dancing and if you’re brave enough – jalapeño and salsa eating competitions! Kids can enjoy the Kids Corner, where they can smash piñatas, get a confront painting and play in the bounce house. Come see the Balloon Salsa Glow on Friday evening, as hot air balloons line Main Street and light up the sky and then watch the balloons lift-off on Saturday morning during the 2nd Annual Balloon Festival! Downtown Safford Town Square, Friday and Saturday, September 24th and 25th, 2010. Visit the SalsaFest page on the Salsa Trail’s website for more information.