Benson Visitor's Center
Benson hosts a beautiful replica of the original train depot - built over a century ago. It is now home to the Visitor's Center. There you can sit down as Engineer at the replica AAR Control Stand and operate the Center's "G" Scale train around 96 feet of track. You can even earn a souvenir Benson Train Engineer Certificate! It's better than Xbox anyday.
249 E 4th St, Benson AZ 85602 | (520) 586-4293 | Website
Forever Home Donkey Rescue
Forever Home Donkey Rescue & Sanctuary began in 1997. Their primary objective is to provide a sanctuary for donkeys that have ran out of options. As a private sanctuary, they are limited on how many animals they can take in. But "hope we never have to say no, to a donkey that REALLY needs a home."
Directions: 12 miles north of I-10 at exit 306 (Pomerene exit) near Gammons Gulch | 360 E. Rockspring Ln, Benson, AZ 85602 | Call for appointment: (520) 212-5300 | Website
Gammon’s Gulch Movie Set
Gammons Gulch is located north of Benson, in the High Desert of Cochise County. “Step back into time” as founder Jay Gammons has and enjoy the fond memories of days gone by. Imagine yourself stepping back in time, walking down the main street of an old west town. In the distance you hear sounds of a honky-tonk piano slip in and out of the still, eerie silence as you walk past the saloon. At any moment you expect to see a cowboy step out of the doorway, or hear the pounding of a blacksmith’s hammer.
331 W. Rockspring Ln, Benson, AZ 85602 | (520) 212-2831 | Website
Singing Wind Book Shop
At Winifred Bundy’s Singing Wind Bookshop, the wind sweeps more than it sings. With the mountains in the distance and the trees crowded along the river, there’s nothing to stop it from howling through windows or beating on the door. But the wind isn’t the only visitor to Bundy’s outpost. This book lover’s haven sits on a ranch with no paved road or parking lot, no Web site, no advertisements—and no shortage of customers. They come because they’re curious, or because the rain drives them indoors, quips Bundy, who usually goes by “Winn.” But mostly they come for her expansive and eclectic collection, much of which is about the Southwest.
700 W. Singing Wind Rd, Benson, AZ 85602 | (520)586-2425 | In the News
Old Bisbee Ghost Tour
The Old Bisbee Ghost Tour is the only one of its kind. Your Ghost Host will lead you on this walking tour through Old Bisbee's streets, stairways and old alleys after dark on an adventure to discover and learn about the ghosts that haunt this hundred twenty-five year old town. Learn their history and favorite haunts while seeing Old Bisbee when haunts of Julia, a lady of the evening who enjoys the company of men staying alone in her room, Nat the miner who owed money to the Money Man and paid for it with his life and the Lady in White who saved the lives of three children. Note: The Old Bisbee Ghost Tour is a walking tour consisting of hills, steps and loose pavement. Please bring with you good walking shoes, water, a camera, flashlight and a spirit for adventure!
Begins 7:00 P.M. Thursday-Monday | Reservations: (520) 432-3308 | Website
Queen Mine Tour
Tour one of the most productive copper mines of the 20th century. Don the mining lanterns, hats and slickers of the miners....ride the mine train deep into the mine....search for remaining veins of copper, gold, turquoise, silver, lead and zinc....and, experience the lives of miners as they toiled in the subterranean tunnels. Listen for the little people known as “Tommy Knockers” who were said to warn miners of danger by knocking on rocks. Tours last approximately 1 hour. The mine is a cool 47 degrees year-round. Dress warmly, wear closed-toe shoes, and arrive 20 minutes prior to the tour. Open 7 days per week. Tour times: 9:00 AM, 10:30 AM, Noon, 2:00 PM & 3:30 PM.
478 N Dart Rd, Bisbee, AZ 85603 | (520) 432-2071 | Website
Carr House Visitor Center - Sunday Afternoon Programs (seasonal April - October)
The Carr House Visitor Center in Carr Canyon offers displays and exhibits of historical and natural significance. There are nature trails for strolling and more adventurous hiking that leads to scenic overlooks, trailheads, and a seasonal waterfall that’s breathtaking. Allow 2–3 hours. Visitor Center open weekends April–September.
Directions: Hwy 92 South, 7 miles; west (right) onto Carr Canyon Road, 2.1 miles to Carr House (on the left) | (520) 378-0311 | Website
Sierra Vista Aquatic Center - The Cove
Take all the thrills of a great aquatic park, put them under one roof where the weather is always perfect and the water is always a comfortable 84 degrees, and you have The Cove. This unique water park has something for everyone. A zero-depth beach-style entry pool and a variable wave machine with 8 categories of waves is only the beginning. There are also two water slides (tubes), a warmer water pool with jets, sunning decks, kids’ lagoon with a water slide, a snack bar, diving pool, 8-lane competition swimming with a submersible bulkhead, and locker rooms for men and women - even a separate one for families.
Directions: Hwy 90 North, 0.5 mile; west (left) onto Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, 1 mile; entrance on the left. | 2900 Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy, Sierra Vista, AZ 85635 | (800)288-3861 or (520)417-4800 | Website
University of Arizona-South Patterson Observatory
With advance notice, the observatory complex is available to the public for viewing of celestial objects, as a scientific resource for K through graduate school and local educators, and as a research instrument for local astronomers. Thanks to its development by the University South Foundation, Inc., the Patterson Observatory on campus is the first public astronomical observatory in Cochise County. Every month, the observatory gives the public a guided tour of the skies.
Directions: Hwy 90 north, 0.6 mile; north (left) onto N. Colombo Ave.; northeast (right) onto Campus Dr.; Observatory is about 500 feet northeast of the parking area. | 1140 N. Colombo Ave, Sierra Vista, AZ 85635 | Information: (800)288-3861, Reservations: (520)458-8278 x2161 | Website
Big Iron Shooting Gallery
Big Iron Shooting Gallery offers fun and excitement for the whole family. Come test your aim and shoot real life Cowboy guns just like Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday! Feel like the deadliest pistolero in town while you shoot our custom .45 caliber paint ball rounds. Take a look at the cowboy holster and variety of Cowboys guns we have for sale, or purchase yourself a box of our One of a Kind Tombstone Brass and Ammo.
510 E. Allen St., Tombstone, AZ 85638 | (520) 457-2430 | Website
The Bird Cage Theatre
The Bird Cage Theatre is Tombstone’s most authentic attraction and one of the west’s most famous landmarks. Legend has it that 26 people were killed in The Bird Cage. Reportedly haunted circa-1881 landmark that once housed a brothel & gambling hall in Tombstone.
535 East Allen Street, Tombstone, AZ 85638 | (520) 457-3421 | Website
There are many graveyards in the West called Boot Hill or Boothill, but the most notable is in Tombstone, the resting place of the three cattle rustlers (Billy Clanton, and Frank and Tom McLaury) involved in the infamous OK Corral shootout, and who didn’t make it out alive. Besides the famous, there are others, many who lay to rest in unmarked graves. Boothill Graveyard was laid out as a burial plot in 1878. Called "The Tombstone Cemetery," it was the burial place for the town's first pioneers and was used as such until sometime around 1884, when the present plot was opened as a burial place. For years after this, Boothill was spoken of as the "old cemtetery." It lay for years neglected and much of the old cemetery has gone back to nature. Years of research and hard work by interested citizens of the town have helped to preserve the main part of the cemetery as you see it today. Because of the many violent deaths of the early days, the cemetery became known as Boothill Graveyard. It is possibly a true symbol of this roaring mining town of the early 1880s. Buried here are outlaws with their victims, suicides, and hangings, legal and otherwise, along with the hardy citizens and refined element of Tombstone's first days. So much of the good and so much of the bad of early Tombstone lies buried here, and over the graves of both is growing--the true crucifixion thorn. In compiling this list, each history has been checked with all available sources of information, including relatives, old residents and the Arizona Historical Society records.
Daily 8:00AM - 6:00PM | 408 AZ-80, Tombstone, AZ 85638 | (520) 457-3300 | Website
Get a glimpse of the true old West at Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park. Built in 1882 in the shape of a Roman cross, the two-story Victorian structure once housed the offices of the sheriff, recorder, treasurer, board of supervisors, jail, and courtrooms of Cochise County. Today, the 12,000 square foot courthouse is a museum filled with the glitter and guns of those who tamed the territory. Exhibits portray the authentic history of Tombstone as a frontier silver mining boomtown. Learn about miners, cattlemen and pioneers, and see a reproduction of the courtroom and sheriff’s office. Displays include a tax license for operating a brothel and an invitation to a hanging. A replica of the gallows in the courtyard represents where seven men were hanged. The park includes a museum, exhibits, a gift shop, restrooms, and shaded picnic areas.
Daily: 9:00AM - 5:00PM | 223 E Toughnut St, Tombstone, AZ 85638 | (520) 457-3311 | Website
The Gunfight Palace
Make us your first stop in Tombstone and learn the history of this great town before you see it. We give you a magnificent history lesson and reenact actual shootings & killings that took place here back in the wild days as well as their back stories. Let us take you back in time, starting with the Apache Indians, the Mexican-American War, the Army's influence, the silver mining and of course...the gunfights! You'll love our live, exciting show and walk away prepared for your trip through Old West Tombstone!
Daily at 11:00, 12:30 & 2:30; Closed Tuesday & Wednesday | 524 E Allen St, Tombstone, AZ 85638 | (520) 508-5736 | Website
Old Butterfield Stage Coach Tour
Ride the Old Butterfield Stage Coach and enjoy a 20 minute narrated tour of Historic Old Tombstone. Adults $10.00 - Children $5.00 - Kids under 6 ride for FREE.
Days of operation vary; open 9:00AM - 5:00PM | Ticket booth: Allen street, in front of the OK Corral | More Information
Old Tombstone Tours
Old Tombstone Tours is owned and operated by a fourth generation Tombstone Native Family. Their Great Grandfater John Escapule arrived in the Tombstone area in 1877, before the town was founded in 1879. The tour come from first hand information that has been passed down through the generations. It is the best way to start your visit to Tombstone. We tell you about the buildings, mines, Apache Indiuans and the famous gun battles and where they happened. The tour takes fifteen minutes and will give you a “wagon load” of history about Tombstone A. T. “The Town Too Tough To Die” and the surrounding areas.
Daily 9:00AM - 5:00PM | Located in the center of Tombstone's Historic District on Historic Allen Street across from the world famous Crystal Palace Saloon | (520) 457-3018 | Website
Old Tombstone Western Theme Park
The Wild West Rides again in Old Tombstone Western Theme Park, home of the famous, award-winning Tombstone Cowboys! The troupe performs a high-energy show set in 1880s Tombstone featuring thrills, chills, laughs, stunts, and of course, SHOOTOUTS! Old Tombstone Western Town is perfect entertainment for the whole family with amazing tours, attractions, food, and performances.
339 South 4th Street, Tombstone, AZ 85638 | (520) 955-3090 | Website
Shootout at the OK Corral
The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral was a 30-second gunfight between outlaw Cowboys and lawmen that is generally regarded as the most famous gunfight in the history of the American Wild West. The gunfight took place at about 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 26, 1881, in Tombstone, Arizona. See Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Virgil and Morgan Earp fight the McLaurys and Clantons in daily reenactments at the O.K. Corral®. Stand beside life-size figures of the eight gunfighters located on the very spot where the Gunfight began according to a map on display drawn by Wyatt Earp himself. Hear what caused the 30-second showdown that left three cowboys dead, Virgil and Morgan Earp wounded. Walk through the O.K. Corral® as it appeared in the 1880s.
326 E Allen St, Tombstone, AZ 85638 | (520) 457-3456 | Website
In July 1881, a disgruntled miner writes the Tombstone Nugget newspaper stating that instead of finding their "Eldorado" of riches, many men ended up washing dishes or other menial jobs, finding instead, their "Helldorado". The term stuck. Helldorado is Tombstone's oldest festival celebrating its rip-roaring days of the 1880's. Helldorado, started in 1929, is sponsored by Helldorado, Inc. whose membership is composed of residents in Cochise County. Check out the most rip-roaring celebration in Tombstone during Helldorado Days! Helldorado is held every third weekend in October and consists of gunfight re-enactment shows, street entertainment, fashion shows and a family oriented carnival. In addition, come and watch the Annual Helldorado Parade on Sunday at 11am.
(888) 457-3929 | Website
Apple Annie’s Orchards & Country Store
During season July 1 - October 31 visitors can pick apples, peaches, pears, vegetables, pumpkins, and more. Bring the entire family - and remember your camera - for a very special, fun filled day in the orchards. There are pick-your-own apples, pears, and peaches in many different varieties! Join Apple Annie's early in the season for juicy peaches and shortly after for pears and apples galore. Each season the produce farm is brimming with crisp vegetables ready for the picking. Stroll into the pick-your-own produce fields to fill your bucket and your table full of nutritious hand-picked veggies for you and your family. At the Country Store, browse the sensational assortment of butters, salsa, jams, jellies and other great gifts! Let your nose guide you to homemade pies and breads as they fill the store with the sweet smell of apples and cinnamon. Bakery delights in serving baked goods made with hand-peeled apples from our orchards!
Fruit Orchards: (520) 384-2084; Pumpkins and Produce: (520) 384-4685; Country Store: (520) 766-2084 | Website
Chiricahua National Monument
A "Wonderland of Rocks" is waiting for you to explore. The 8-mile paved scenic drive and 17-miles of day-use hiking trails provide opportunities to discover the beauty, natural sounds, and inhabitants of this 11,985 acre site. See beautiful Ryolite formations, lots of wildlife and Faraway Ranch.
Directions: From Willcox follow Arizona State Highway 186 for 32 miles to the junction of Arizona State Highway 181. Turn left and 4 miles later you will be at the Chiricahua entrance station. | Website