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Traveling to Mexico after June 1

New rules that will be effective on June 1, 2009 will change what you need to cross the U.S./Mexico border at Cochise County‘s two ports of entry.

Make sure you have the required documentation before you travel!

The two ports of entry in the county are in Naco, near Bisbee, and Agua Prieta, next to Douglas.

Before entering Mexico, make sure everyone traveling with you has an active passport or a passport card. If you are staying for more than 72 hours (3 days) or travel more than 21 kilometers (about 7 miles) into Mexico, you and everyone in your party must obtain a tourist card. You must also get Mexican auto insurance and a permit for the automobile.
To acquire a permit, you must submit evidence of citizenship, title for the car, car registration certificate, a driver’s license and credit card in the name of the driver, to the Banjercito branch located at the Mexican Customs office at the Agua Prieta port of entry and pay a processing fee. Naco does not have the capacity to issue car permits.
When returning to the U.S., make sure you have proof of citizenship. As of June 1, 2009, the only accepted proof is a passport or passport card.
For more information about traveling to Mexico, log onto the U.S. State Department’s website. It is recommended you know the current laws on purchasing medication or alcoholic beverages. You can spend U.S. dollars in Mexico’s border towns, but you can also purchase pesos at banks or exchange houses.

There are two Nacos: one in the United States and the other just across the border into Mexico. Naco, Arizona, is about a 15-minute drive from Bisbee, and you can easily walk across the border. Park on the U.S. side and cross directly into the center of Naco, Mexico. There are several good places to eat and some stores. 
Agua Prieta

Agua Prieta is in Mexico, adjacent to Douglas, Arizona. A community of approximately 125,000 people, you have a wide variety of shops and restaurants. Beautiful Mexican floor and wall tiles are available in Agua Prieta. When entering Agua Prieta from Douglas, it’s easy to park your car in Douglas at the secure pay parking lot and walk across. Take Pan American Highway from Highway 80 and turn left on J Avenue (also known as Customs Avenue) just before the border.
South of the Border

If you’re looking for a more adventurous trip south of the border, you might want to take a short trip from either Naco or Agua Prieta can take you to the historic mining community of Cananea, Father Kino’s missions or through the beautiful Rio Sonoran valley.

For more information on traveling to Mexico, talk with the staff at the Douglas or Bisbee Visitor Centers or visit

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Kartchner Caverns’ discounts begin June 1, 2009

Want a deal on an amazing attraction?

Kartchner Caverns State Park announced it will lower admission fees this summer. Tickets for adults (age 14 and up) will be $12 each (regularly $18.95), and tickets for kids (age 7-13) will be $5 (regularly $9.95). Children age 6 and under are free. I’d say that’s a deal!

The park is offering this price through Sept. 4, 2009.  Plan ahead to get a reservation. this cave is one of the top 10 living caves in the world.

For tickets, call 520-586-2283.

The Rotunda/Throne Room Tour is offered in summer. The Big Room Tour is closed in summer because bats use the cave as a nursery. Browse the Arizona State Parks website for Kartchner Caverns cave tour information.


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Tombstone: get info on redesigned website

Looking for information on Tombstone? The Tombstone Chamber of Commerce recently redesigned their website. Check out the new look!

You’ll find easy-to-use info on places to stay, things to do and where to eat.

Photo (c) Cathy Murphy

Photo (c) Cathy Murphy

When you’re planning your trip, check with the Chamber of Commerce. You can call them at 1-888-457-3929 or 520-457-3929. Or, stop by the Visitor Center once you get to Tombstone. It is located on Fourth Street, between Allen and Toughnut Streets. The staff there can help you experience the best of Tombstone!

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