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Benson, Arizona

Benson, Arizona

Benson serves as the western gateway to the scenic and historic attractions of Cochise County and has copyrighted the name "Home of Kartchner Caverns State Park".

The city is a growing community with a population of nearly 4,000. It is a community that offers the warmth and friendliness of a small town while at the same time providing quality education, medical, cultural, and recreational opportunities. Its close proximity to the Tucson, Arizona metropolitan area makes a wide range of specialized services available to the residents of Benson.

The City of Benson was incorporated in 1924, approximately 40 years after the completion of the Southern Pacific Railroad through southeastern Arizona. Benson was named for Judge William B. Benson of California, a friend of the president of the railroad.

In the early 1900's, the community grew along with the demand for copper and silver. These metals were mined in the San Pedro Valley and shipped to Benson for smelting and distribution via the railroad.

The railroad established Benson as a transportation hub and it remains a transportation hub to this day. In the early days of the automobile, it was an important stop along the region's new east-west highway. Today it provides important services to travelers on Interstate 10 (I-10) and functions as a gateway for tourists visiting southeastern Arizona.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Benson Historic Walking Tour

Stop in the Benson Visitor Center for your brochure on our Historic Walking Tour. This walk through Benson's past will tell you a bit about the town'

Benson, AZ Tours


Gammons Gulch Ghost Town Movie Set

An 1890's Town and Mining Camp recreated like the Wild West really was, antique cars, movie memorabilia, nature path, bird area. Everything in Gammon'

Benson, AZ Pioneer History


Vega-Bray Observatory

Located on a hill overlooking the beautiful San Pedro River valley near Benson, the Vega-Bray Observatory has eight major telescopes ranging from 6 to 20 inches in diameter. The facilities include a planetarium and a science classroom and museum.

Benson, AZ Observatories

Things to do near Benson, AZ

The Pioneer Home Museum

The Pioneer Home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and stands as a memorial to the early pioneers....

Kino Springs Golf Club

Kino Springs, though relatively short, challenges all golfers. Its two distinct nines feature small greens and narrow fairwa...

Torres Blancas Golf Club

Course Access: PublicHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 7 days...

Cochise Lakes

Cochise Lakes, adjacent to the Willcox Playa, is a verdant wetland that attracts a variety of bird species including ducks an...