5 Things to Do in Douglas That You Shouldn't Miss

September 5, 2017 Trinity Boughner

Douglas is a city in Cochise County, Arizona, United States that lies in the north-west to south-east running San Bernardino Valley within which runs the Rio San Bernardino. Douglas has a border crossing with Mexico at Agua Prieta and a history of mining.
Restaurants in Douglas

1. John Slaughter Ranch

6153 Geronimo Trail, Douglas, AZ 85608 +1 520-678-7596
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4.5 based on 32 reviews

John Slaughter Ranch

Reviewed By Bob D - Scottsdale, Arizona

We traveled with friends to outside of Douglas, AZ to see the John Slaughter Ranch. John Slaughter was a rancher, cattlemen and marshal well known for his tough handling of outlaws. We didn't know what to expect and we were so surprised by the lake, the green grass and meadows all fed by artesian wells. The landscape is beautiful, the wildlife plentiful. The artifacts in the ranch house and outbuildings are fascinating. The host at the ranch was great, very personable, helpful and knowledgeable. John Slaughter certainly knew how to pick a spot for his ranch, the amount of water is amazing especially for the desert. If you are near Douglas anytime this is a fun excursion, you will not be disappointed.

2. Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area

4423 W Bagby Rd, McNeal, AZ 85617-9518 +1 602-942-3000
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5 based on 50 reviews

Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area

Reviewed By Jane_A60 - Shawnee, Kansas

Oh my gosh, what can I say. This was amazing. We arrived around 10:30 and it was beautiful and we saw some sandhill cranes, but it didn't prepare us for the show of returning cranes around 11:30 am. Thousands of cranes returning from their early morning feeding. It was an amazing experience, so glad we took the time to come here. If you have kids I think they would also enjoy it. Plan on spending at least a couple of hours here and I noticed they had picnic tables nearby if you want to pack your lunch. There are benches but it is not commercialized, so good bathrooms but nothing as far as a gift shop or snacks available. The pathway to get to the observation areas are good and easy for walking. Great experience! I would love to get here at sunrise sometime to see the cranes leaving but we are two hours away and I'm not a morning person. :-)

3. Douglas Visitor Center

345 E 16th St, Douglas, AZ 85607-1310 +1 520-417-7344
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5 based on 3 reviews

Douglas Visitor Center

Reviewed By Bill R - Mesa, Arizona

Stopped by to pick up brochures on the local area and was greeted at the door by the manager. Went in and they explained the area, what was good to see, and what was best. The staff is friendly and extremely knowledgeable about the area.

4. Border Air Museum

3200 E 10th St, Douglas, AZ 85607-2745 +1 520-364-4927
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3.5 based on 5 reviews

Border Air Museum

Reviewed By DesertBoomers - Green Valley, Arizona

It takes a little effort to see the museum as it does not have regular open hours. After a few calls, we found it is owned and operated by the City of Douglas. We talked to Miguel, the airport manager ( phone not published here as he was on the verge of a promotion ) who asked that we call to confirm our visit when we left our home almost three hours away.
Upon arrival, we called Miguel, and within minutes, he arrived and opened the museum for us.
WOW ..... what a collection of early aviation history !
They have a Trojan airplane on display that was made in Douglas in the 1950's. The museum has displays of American Airlines memorabilia, a wall of history of the Douglas Army Air Field with artifacts, an in-depth history of Aviation in Douglas, history of the Mexican Revolution and aviation in Douglas, Women's Air History, and also a history of Hollywood making films using the airport.
On the airport is an original Hanger that we asked to see. Miguel escorted us to the hanger and WOW again !
Inside is an Antanov AR2 ... this is the actual aircraft that was used in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull ! In the movie, it is shown in Pan Am colors which have been removed by the owner.
Again, it takes a little effort and patience to arrange to see the museum, but sure is worth it !

5. Old Camp Rucker Ranch

Tex Canyon Road, Douglas, AZ 85607
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5 based on 1 reviews

Old Camp Rucker Ranch

Reviewed By firecaptn - Phoenix, Arizona

if u want solitude, quiet and appreciate history, this is the spot for you. a hidden gem of southeastern az!

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