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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  • July 10, 2017
    Brown Canyon Ranch is a perfect site for a family picnic and short walk, or for a day-long adventure in the mountains. You can park near the historic buildings and set off into the beautiful Huachucas...  more »
  • May 25, 2017
    Brown Canyon Ranch used to be a working cattle farm nestled at the base of the Huachucas near Ramsey Canyon, near Sierra Vista, AZ. It is now visited by individuals and school groups to show how life ...  more »
  • May 10, 2017
    The one wanderful piece and quiet and just outstanding views i have been here in Sierra Vista Az my intire life born an raised up here in these mountains theres so much to connect to i would just love...  more »
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  • November 4, 2016
    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 .
  • May 31, 2016
    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.
  • February 6, 2017
    My favorite place to bike, hike and explore. There is beauty throughout the seasons with lots of wildlife.
  • November 11, 2016
    Beautiful and peaceful place where kids and adults can learn a lot about local history, the environment, and more.
  • February 11, 2017
    Very beautiful and tranquil place, just a few minutes from Sierra Vista

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