San Simon Valley

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San Simon Valley
Valley
CountryUnited States
StatesArizona, New Mexico
Borders onSan Simon, AZPeloncillo Mountains-NE
Dos Cabezas MtnsChiricahua Mtns-W & SW
Bowie, Arizona-NW
Road Forks, NMLordsburg-E
Rodeo, NM-S
Lowest pointSan Simon River
Length65 mi (105 km), NW x SE
Width20 mi (32 km)
 
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San Simon Valley
Valley
CountryUnited States
StatesArizona, New Mexico
Borders onSan Simon, AZPeloncillo Mountains-NE
Dos Cabezas MtnsChiricahua Mtns-W & SW
Bowie, Arizona-NW
Road Forks, NMLordsburg-E
Rodeo, NM-S
Lowest pointSan Simon River
Length65 mi (105 km), NW x SE
Width20 mi (32 km)

The San Simon Valley is a broad valley east of the Chiricahua Mountains, in the northeast corner of Cochise County, Arizona and southeastern Graham County, with a small portion near Antelope Pass in Hidalgo County of southwestern New Mexico. The valley trends generally north-south but in its northern portion trends northwest-southeast. The San Simon Valley separates the Chiricahua Mountains, Dos Cabezas Mountains and Pinaleno Mountains on the west from the Peloncillo Mountains and the smaller Whitlock Mountains to the east.

Geography

At the northern end of the valley, the ephemeral San Simon River-(creek) flows northwest through the valley to Safford in Graham County where it enters the Gila River. At its southern end the valley merges into the separate San Bernardino Valley which trends southwest-northeast. The junction of the two valleys is at the height of land between Squaw Mountain and Pasamore Crater just south of the town of Apache. Interstate 10 crosses the valley east-west. U.S. Route 191, runs north from I-10 to Safford. The White Mountains lie north of the northern end of the valley.

Culture

The San Simon Valley is noted for the ceramics of native American Indians called the Roosevelt Red Ware, one type being named for a site in the valley, the Nine Mile Polychrome.


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Coordinates: 32°48′06″N 109°37′58″W / 32.8017327°N 109.6328555°W / 32.8017327; -109.6328555