Friday, January 10, 2014

Chiricahua Mountains History and Nature scheduled for release January 28, 2014

With elevations above nine thousand feet, dense vegetation and unique rock formations, the Chiricahua Mountains are a unique wildlife refuge and natural botanic reserve. Inhabited by Apaches and then homesteaders, the U.S. Cavalry, miners, outlaws and tourists, this range has retained its allure through time. Apache legend Geronimo surrendered in 1886 to General Nelson Miles in Skeleton Canyon, on the east side of the Chiricahuas in the neighboring Peloncillo Mountains. Johnny Ringo and Curly Bill Brocius led the outlaws in the short-lived town of Galeyville. Chiricahua National Monument was created in 1924, and the Civilian Conservation Corps arrived in the 1930s to build trails, rock structures and fire lookouts. Join author William Ascarza as he tours the natural and human histories of this magnificent Arizona mountain range.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Check out my new weekly column for the Arizona Daily Star

Mine Tales is a new weekly column exploring the region's rich mining history. Email writer William Ascarza at

Old site in Tucson Mountains was active for a century

Mine Tales: Mowry made quite a profit

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Join me for a booksigning


Western National Parks Association
12880 N Vistoso Village Drive
Tucson, Arizona 85755


Wednesday, May  22 at 12 noon and 2 pm
Sentinel to the North: Exploring the Tortolita Mountain Range 

Presented by author William Azcarza 

William’s talk will cover the history of the Tortolita Mountains, including geology, geography, flora, fauna, mining and ranching. It will include a general history involving American Indians and homesteaders. He will also discuss hiking trails and other areas of interest in the Tortolita Mountains. Reservations required: please call 622-6014 during business hours, beginning one week prior to the event.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Join me for a Book Signing at

2013 is the 80th Anniversary of the CCC
Tuscon, Arizona

Saguaro National Park West, Tucson, AZ

April 13, 2013

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Red Hills Visitor Center

-William Ascarza

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Join me for a book signing March 23, 2013 in Benson, Arizona

William Ascarza

March 23, 2012. More mad-cap fun at the museum. Come and shop local artisans, and the two gift shops on the museum premises. 8:30 am to 3 pm. Hope to see you there!