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Brown's Canyon Ranch, Sierra Vista

Categories: Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.3/5 based on 35+ reviews on the web
Brown Canyon Ranch, formerly known as the Barchas Ranch, is a historic ranch located in the foothills of the Huachuca Mountains, near Sierra Vista, Arizona.HistoryThe land Brown Canyon Ranch is on was first settled around 1880 by John Thomas Brown, who owned a hotel a few miles away in neighboring Ramsey Canyon. Following a succession of owners, the land eventually ended up in the hands of the brothers James and Tom Haverty. Between 1905 and 1907, James and his brother built what is today the most prominent building in the canyon, a modest three-room adobe home, now known as the Brown Canyon Ranch House. James and his wife Lessie homesteaded the ranch in 1912 and lived there until 1921, when it was sold to William and Margaret Carmichael.The Carmichaels were major landowners in the Sierra Vista area and did not take up residence at the house. Instead, they rented it out to a local miner named Harvey James and later a Yaqui Indian named Chico Romero and his family. In 1946, the Carmichaels sold the ranch to Roy and Stella Rambo, who raised cattle on it until 1957, when it was again sold to Samuel and Cecile Barchas. The Barchas family did not live on the ranch, either, but they raised livestock on it all the way up until 1997. One year later it was deeded to the United States Forest Service in a land exchange.Efforts to preserve and restore the historic ranch house, as well as its associated outbuildings, has been underway since 1998. In addition to the ranch house, there is also a one-room adobe storeroom adjacent to the house, a wooden corral and outhouse, the stone ruins of a barn, and a pair of man-made ponds, which are now used as a preserve for the endangered Chiricahua leopard frog. Further up the trail is a small graveyard known as the Brown Canyon Cemetery, followed by the ruins of an old house and the remains of the Pomono Mine. The ranch is open to hikers and picnickers, free of charge, for day use only.
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  • The house was occupied as recently as the 1950s be fell into disrepair until a foundation fixed it up and added historical information recently. Hiking trails, frog/duck pond, windmill, and, corral al...  read more »
  • This ranch demonstrates how people would have lived in the recent history. Everything is intact...more or less. Cool place to take kids. 
  • Brown's Canyon Ranch is walking distance from home, and a pleasant little spot, with picnic tables and benches to enjoy the mountain view, the pond and the old ranch buildings and accessories. 
  • Any one els looking for forrest fenn's treasure
  • This is my favorite spot for hiking. There is a 5 mile hike that takes through tall trees and rock formations. The ranch house area is an awesome area if you want to relax and take in the scenery. There's a pond on site, an old windmill, and horse staging area. Great place for picture taking.
  • My family was visiting from Texas. my sister and her three young children enjoyed looking around inside and out of the historic ranch house. We also did the short nature trail including her 6 yo son in his wheelchair.
  • I have been hiking and mountain biking Brown Canyon for the last 8 plus years. Beautiful area., great biking challenge🚲🚲🚲
  • Nice place to do a little hiking with some history. A family was there having a picnic and enjoying the area all day.
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