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.
Bisbee Visitor CenterNestled 90 miles southeast of Tucson, Bisbee combines 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 ToursExperience 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.
Bisbee 1000 The Great Stair Climb
Forget 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.
Optimo Hatworks Milliner and RenovatorEveryone 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.
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?