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Brown's Canyon Ranch, Sierra Vista

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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 Old Ranch House is fun to see, it is totally authentic. In back of the ranch house there is a year round spring fed pond. It is not unusual to see lots of birds around the pond. There are picnic t...  more »
  • We were renting a place just down the road from Brown's Canyon Ranch and went looking for a moderate 3-4 mile hike. I had researched the trails on line prior to our visit but the descriptions weren't ...  more »
  • This is a lovely spot to hike and the house and grounds are interesting, too. You can picnic, walk thru the house and hike the trails. We saw deer and lots of bluebirds there! Great place to let your ...  more »
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  • Great place to get away from the day to day just make sure you bring water n please stick to the beaten path if your not exp. I also noticed there's volunteer security usually all day every day his names Threeper he's a very polite man he's former military n volunteers his free time making sure the ranch house n other areas are safe for families he usually has his service dog which is the most well behaved English bull I've ever met. He also has first aid n water if anyone is in need of first aid Check at the ranch house he wears desert digital camo he is masked but not a threat it gets cold n Sandy when the wind blows so its understandable enjoy all .
  • 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.
  • Any one els looking for forrest fenn's treasure
  • Beautiful and peaceful place where kids and adults can learn a lot about local history, the environment, and more.
  • 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.