The Rosetree ranch has a long and fascinating history. It was originally a Spanish Land Grant in the early 1600's and is one of the few ranches in the Sonoita Valley to be fairly intact from its origin. It also had the distinction of being a ranch that has continuously raised cattle over its long history, amazing in itself to have avoided development to other uses. The ranch is over 12,000 acres and consists of deeded land, State Land permits, and bureau of Land Management permits. This area in the Sonoita Valley was under the control of the Apaches until the later part of the 1800's, a fact that suggests that if your great grandfather or great grandmother has decided to take a “Rotary Trail Ride” at that time, there was a high probability that it wouldn't have ended very pleasantly. This was the heart of Cochise country. Although Cochise surrendered to the army in 1971, his leadership of the Chiricahua Apaches was succeeded by Geronimo after Cochise died in 1874. Geronimo continued the defense of his homeland until 1886. This area only became hospitable to white settlers about the time Tombstone became settled in the early 1880's. In the early 1600's grapes were grown on the Rosetree to provide wine for the Catholic mission in the Santa Cruz Valley . This enterprise essentially disappeared by the late 1600's because of the forays of the Apaches. Other features of the Rosetree Ranch include Indian ruins and petroglyphs from prehistoric time.

 

 
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