About the Area

Wild ... Beautiful ... Undiscovered

Straddling the border, Greenlee County, Arizona, and Hidalgo County, New Mexico, are blessed with some of the wildest and most ruggedly beautiful land in the Southwest. The twin counties are traversed by the Gila River, the Southwest’s longest river and the reason why this area was the site of extensive settlement by the Hohokam and Mogollon peoples.

In the mid-1540s Francisco Vasquez de Coronado may have crossed the area in search of the Seven Cities of Cibola. The Butterfield stage line passed through in the mid-1800s, touching off a quarter century of conflict with the Apache Indians.

Lordsburg (population 2500) was founded in 1880 when the Southern Pacific reached the area on its way east in a quest to complete the second transcontinental railroad. Duncan (population 600) dodged certain death at least twice: in the 1970s, when Interstate 10 was opened about 30 miles to the south, and in 1978, when the Gila River burst its dikes and hit the town with a nine-foot wave of water.

Today Duncan and Lordsburg remain true Western towns, primarily dependent on ranching and mining and remarkably free of the runaway development that plagues so much of the Southwest. Here real adventure is still possible, following lightly-traveled mountain roads and trails to important natural, cultural and historic sites unknown to all but a handful of visitors.

Greenlee County Supervisor Richard Lunt: "It's what small-town America is all about, and that's why I love this place!"
Gila River cliffs
Dramatic canyon cut by the Gila River

What to Do in Duncan and Lordsburg

For the Birds

Explore one of the most biologically diverse "underbirded" areas in the Southwest.

Duncan birding trail MORE

Get Out of Town

Hike, bike or bushwhack your way to an unforgettable outdoor adventure.

San Francisco River MORE

Rock Out

Rockhound in an area famous for fire agates. Guided trips available.

Rockhound Area MORE

Where to Stay in Duncan

Simpson Hotel

Simpson Hotel — Travel back in time to this lovingly restored 1914 classic small town hotel. Great atmosphere, the largest collection of original art in any Arizona hotel, good beds and superb breakfasts along with a variety of gardens to sit in, a library with lots of local history, and no TV. Book the Sweetheart Room and take a relaxing soak in an extra-long clawfoot tub. The Simpson books up far in advance for The Javelina Chase, but you can plan a fun ride on your own at a different time and use the hotel as your base.

Chaparral Motel

Chaparral Mini-Mart and Motel — Enjoy down-home comfort at the Chaparral Mini Mart, a store, gas station and motel on the Old West Highway in Duncan, Arizona. The Chaparral also books up for The Javelina Chase way in advance.


There is free dry overnight camping and RV parking for Javelina Chase participants at the Greenlee County Fairgrounds. Additional camping will be available at the old cotton gin on the Virden Road.

Where to Stay in Lordsburg

Budget Motel

Budget Motel — 816 Motel Drive / (575) 542-3567
$40.00 plus tax—1 person—1 queen bed
$48.00 plus tax—2 persons

Comfort Inn

Comfort Inn & Suites — 400 West Wabash Street / (575) 542-3355
· Free Wi-Fi
· Free breakfast
· Pet friendly
· Meeting rooms
· Fitness center
· Indoor pool and sauna
· Laundry amenities
· RV & Bus parking available
· Walking distance to restaurants
$80.00 plus tax—2 queen beds
$85.00 plus tax—1 King Bed
$90.00 plus tax—2 queen beds suite

Days Inn

Days Inn & Suites — 1426 West Motel Drive / (575) 542-3600
Free Wi-Fi
· Free breakfast
· Pet friendly
· Indoor pool
· Fitness center
· RV & Bus parking
· Walking distance to Love's Travel Center.
$55.00 plus tax for all room types (1 king/2 queens)


Econo Lodge — 1408 South Main Street / (575) 542-3666
Free Wi-Fi
· Free continental breakfast
· Pet friendly
· Pool (outdoor)
· RV & Bus parking
· Walking distance of restaurants
$49.00 plus tax—all rooms have 2 queen beds
Rooms fit 2-4 persons
$5.00 each additional person

Hampton Inn

Hampton Inn & Suites — 412 West Wabash Street / (575) 542-8900
· Free Wi-Fi
· Free breakfast
· Indoor pool & sauna
· Fitness facility
· Meeting rooms
· Pet friendly
· Walking distance to restaurants
$79.00 plus tax for all room types (1 king/2 queens)

Holiday Motel

Holiday Motel — 600 West Motel Drive / (575) 542-3535
$45.00 plus tax/1 person—1 bed
$56.00 plus tax/2 person—2 beds


Lordsburg KOA — 1501 Lead Street / (575) 542-8003/(800) 562-5772
· Long, large pull throughs
· Camping cabins
· Deluxe camping cabin
· Clean rest rooms
· Hot showers
· Laundry facilities
· Dumping station
· Grocery
· Propane available
· Activity center
· Playground
· Horseshoes
· Free cable TV
· Recreation room
· Pool (RV supplies)
· Tenters welcome
· Group camping available
Call ahead for reservations & rates

Motel 6

Motel 6 — 1303 South Main / (575) 542-8807
· Free Wi-Fi
· Free coffee in lobby
· Pool (outdoor)
· Walking distance to restaurants
$56.00 plus tax—1 person—1 bed
$62.00 plus tax—2 person—2 beds

Motel 10

Motel 10 — 1202 South Pyramid / (575) 542-8872
· Walking distance to restaurants
$38.00 plus tax—1 person—1 bed
$49.00 plus tax—2 person—2 beds

Where to Eat in Duncan

Ranch House Restaurant

The Ranch House — An excellent grill with a freshly renovated dining room filled with original paintings and other art. The Ranch House is open 7 am to 9 pm seven days a week. It's known for its steaks and burgers and ribs, homemade french fries, seafood options, salad bar and more. It’s the only eatery in town with a bar. On Monday evenings The Ranch House hosts “Taco Night,” a social institution of the town for the last couple of decades. There are other specials Tuesday through Thursday nights. 928-359-2643.

Hilda's Kitchen

Hilda's Kitchen — serves its delicious American/Mexican fare in a spacious, brightly-colored restaurant adjacent to their market. You can pick up good Mexican chocolate, all sorts of hot sauces, sliced meats and cheeses and other groceries while you’re there. We think their mahi-mahi tacos with fresh cabbage are top-notch. Hilda's is open Monday through Saturday 7 am to 8 pm, and Sunday 7 am to 4 pm. 928-359-1771

Humble Pie

Humble Pie — on Main Street, across from the Simpson Hotel, offers pizza, calzones, lasagna and salads at very reasonable prices. There are regular customers who drive 90 miles from Silver City because the food is really that good. Be sure to try their smoky-flavored sliced sausage added to a "vegetarian." The lasagna is superb too, and a single serving is enough for two light eaters. Dinners only. 928-359-9866.

Where to Eat in Lordsburg


Arby's — 1050 East Motel Drive (inside Pilot Travel Center)
(575) 542-3103
· Open 24 hours
· Convenient drive-thru
· Convenience store
· Hot showers
· Public laundry
· Western Union
· Money Orders sold


Denny's — 11 Old Highway 70 (inside Flying J Travel Center)
(575) 542-3320
· Open 24 hours
· Convenience store
· Hot deli
· Showers
· RV parking
· RV dump
· Propane


McDonald's — 1105 Main Street
(575) 542-8819
· Newly remodeled
· Free Wi-Fi
· RV & Bus parking
· Clean restrooms
· Convenient drive-thru

Godfather's Pizza/Subway

Godfather's Pizza/Subway — 900 West Motel Drive (inside Love's Travel Center)
(575) 542-8462
· Open 24 hours
· Free Wi-Fi
· Convenience store
· Private showers
· Overnight parking
· RV dump

Kranberry’s Chatterbox Restaurant

Kranberry’s Chatterbox Restaurant — 1405 South Main Street
(575) 542-9400
· Friendly atmosphere serving breakfast, lunch and dinner
· Mexican & American food
· Open Monday-Sunday
· Soup and salad bar
· Truck and RV Parking

Mama Rosa's

Mama Rosa's — 1312 South Main
(575) 542-8400
· Friendly atmosphere, serving pizza, calzones and subs made to order
· Take out, dine-in or delivery

Ramona's Cafe

Ramona's Café — 904 East Motel Drive
(575) 542-3030
· Friendly atmosphere, small café, great small town feel, matched only by great Mexican food.