Pearce/Sunsites, in historic Cochise County, is a
community of both working and retired residents, 85 miles
southeast of Tucson and 28 miles southwest of Wilcox.
Established in 1961, at an elevation of 4,500 feet, Sunsites is
growing into a completely self-supporting unincorporated community.
Surrounding the village are the communities of
Sunizona and Richland as well as other rural development.
Located in a scenic agriculturally oriented valley in Cochise
County, Pearce-Sunsites is experiencing steady growth with
many new privately owned businesses opening each year. The
area's communities provide residential support to the cities of
Wilcox, Douglas, Benson and Tucson where employment is
available in communications, transportation, utility and service
facilities. The majority of Pearce-Sunsites residents, however, are
retired, though younger people are moving here also.
The tourism industry is important to the area because of Pearce-Sunsites
location between I-10 and the southern Cochise
County gateways to Mexico and because of the local color and
In Cochise County, history buffs will find a wealth of information
on the Old West. Sunsites is located along the Cochise Trail,
a route beginning at Wilcox and hitting numerous points of historical
interest in the county--including Bisbee, Tombstone,
Sierra Vista, Fort Huachuca, Douglas and Agua Prieta, Sonora,
Mexico. Ghost towns of former mining camps of Gleeson,
Hilltop, Paradise, Sunglow and Courtland dot the trail.
Cochise Stronghold, once the hideout for Apache Chief Cochise
and his band, is now a camping and picnic ground maintained
by the National Forest Service eight miles from Sunsites.
Chiricahua National Monument and the Wonderland of Rocks
are within a 45-minute drive.
The Amerind Foundation, Inc., located 19 miles from Sunsites, is
a nonprofit archaeological research center and museum specializing
in the Native American culture of that portion of the
Southwest known as the Gran Chichimeca. Museum displays
include prehistoric artifacts gathered from the Southwest and
Northern Mexico, as well as collections of both prehistoric and
historic materials from other portions of the New World-from
the Arctic to the southern tip of South America. (Advance reservations
are required for all tours.)
Pearce, which was a mining town of 1,500 people in 1919, is
the site of one of the richest mines in Arizona. The
Commonwealth Mine produced $15,000,000 in gold during its
years of production. The historic Pearce Store and several ruins