Attractions. The SEAGO Region’s major visitor attractions include Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest; Arizona National Scenic Trail; Black Hills Back Country Byway; cities of Bisbee and Tombstone; Coronado National Forest and Coronado National Memorial; Chiricahua Mountains and Chiricahua National Monument; Fort Bowie National Historic Site; Fort Huachuca; Kartchner Caverns State Park; international border cities of Nogales, Arizona—Nogales, Sonora, Mexico and Douglas, Arizona—Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico, along with the smaller border towns of Naco, Arizona—Naco, Sonora, Mexico; Mt. Graham and Mt. Graham International Observatory; Patagonia Lake State Park; Roper Lake State Park; San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area; Southern Arizona Wine Country; Tubac Presidio State Historic Park and Village of Tubac; and Tumacácori National Historical Park.
Activities. Popular activities in the SEAGO Region include adventure sports; archaeology; birding and wildlife viewing; boating and water sports; camping; driving and scenic tours; farmers markets and U-Picks farms; fishing and hunting; ghost town tours; ghost and haunted place tours; golf; hiking and cave exploring; history and historic tours; horseback riding; military museums and historic sites; motorcycling, bicycling, and mountain biking; Native American culture, museums, and monuments; rock climbing; skiing and snow sports; stargazing and astronomy; and wine tasting and wine tours.
Travel Spending. According to a study by Dean Runyon Associates, commissioned by Arizona Office of Tourism, direct travel spending in the Region increased steadily from 2012 through 2014, after declining in 2011. In 2014, direct travel spending in the Region totaled $748.1 million, up 4.1% from 2013 and 11.6% since the 2011 trough. In 2014, spending in food stores accounted for the largest share of visitor destination spending at 26%, followed closely by retail at 25%. Food service was the third largest share of visitor destination spending at 22%. It is anticipated that as the Region emerges from the recession, tourism and tourism spending will continue to increase. Anecdotally, the recreational vehicle parks throughout the SEAGO Region are experiencing significant increases of winter visitors between the months of November and May.
Source: Dean Runyon Associates, Arizona Office of Tourism, and UsEconomicResearch.com
Note. Spending figures in millions of dollars. Source: Dean Runyon Associates, Arizona Office of Tourism, and UsEconomicResearch.com