Get off the beaten path and explore the vibrant communities of Southern Arizona. From the fine wines of Sonoita and Patagonia to the rich history of Bisbee and Tombstone, experience something new outside the city limits.
Optimo Hatworks Milliner and Renovator
Everyone has a different reason to want a custom-made hat, from
fashion savvy to head shape, and Optimo Hatworks Milliner and Renovator
, located 90 miles southeast
of Tucson, is the premier place to find them. A bonus: The store is in Bisbee--a
cool, funky, and fun place for a day trip.
Bisbee 1000 The Great Stair ClimbForget the StairMaster--get outside and power through a challenging run up and around the mile-high town of Bisbee during this endurance-testing 5k race, Bisbee 1000 The Great Stair Climb, on the third Saturday of October. What began as an effort to save Bisbee's 1,000 historic steps has turned into a unique trek through the former mining community. There's also an Ice Man Competition--participants must carry 10-pound blocks of ice up 155 stairs with antique tongs--plus serenading musicians, arts & crafts booths, merchant discounts, and more.
Bisbee Visitor Center
Nestled 90 miles southeast of Tucson, Bisbee
mbines a laid-back atmosphere with old-world charm. Visitors to this former mining town savor Bisbee's unique allure--a blend of creativity (check out the art galleries), friendliness (converse with locals in Brewery Gulch), romance (stay at a quaint B&B or historic hotel), and annual events (like the Bisbee 1000 stair climb)--in the intriguing Mule Mountains
Queen Mine Tours
Experience cooler temperatures as you delve below ground and become a miner for a day in Bisbee's 47-degree caves, 90 miles southeast of Tucson. The Queen Mine Tour
--a fun, safe, and authentic mining tour--offers five trips daily (each are 75 minutes long), and reservations are recommended
Steve Getzwiller's Nizhoni Ranch Gallery
Steve and Gail Getzwiller provide a dazzling display
of prized Navajo masterpieces directly from the talented hands of nearby artisans that come into Sonoita's Nizhoni Ranch Gallery
. Amongst the glory of blankets, baskets, rugs, table runners, and pottery, I feel like I'm at a trading post in the Old West. Well, I'm fresh out of rabbit pelts; may I trade cash?
Expect the unexpected at Arlene's in Tombstone
family-owned gallery, opened since 1978, showcases some of the Southwest's most
iconic items. Shop for everything from turquoise jewelry to Native American artifacts
to fine art, pottery, and more. A visit to the Western town of Tombstone--with
dusty streets, gunfights reenactments, carriage rides, and Shady Ladies--wouldn't
be complete with a stop at Arlene's for authentic regional treasures.
Big Nose Kate's Saloon
The historic watering hole in Tombstone known as Big Nose Kate's Saloon
is jam-packed with entertainment and enough ambiance to transport anyone back to the unbridled days of the Old West. Big Nose Kate is most infamous for her tumultuous relationship with Doc Holliday, but her tough attitude toward working the prostitution business is really what set her apart from the women of her time. Step into the saloon today for sights--and tastes--of the past.
O.K. Corral Gunfight SiteO.K. Corral Gunfight Site
, located southeast of Tucson in
Tombstone, is home to what is generally regarded as the most famous gunfight in
the history of the American Old West. The fight took place on October 26, 1881,
between Doc Holliday, the Earp Brothers, McLaurays, and Clantons, and has since
come to represent a time in American history when the
frontier was an open range for outlaws roaming the vast West.