Bisbee Travel Guide

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Bisbee Highlights

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     Mule Mountains, architecture, people, slow lifestyle, shopping, art watching 

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     Some of the people are crazy and they speak, too (but they're harmless) 

  • In a nutshell
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     For writers and artists there are few places better than Bisbee! 

Bisbee Things to Do

  • Pythian Castle

    This renovated 1904 Clock Tower is one of the landmarks of Bisbee. Sitting up on a hill, it is prominent and historic. It has jade green cupola and a sphere. access to it is easy as one strolls by the Brewery Gulch. When my sister visited, we strolled up and admired its architecture and the view of the town from there.Except for the new renovation...

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  • Queen Mine Tour

    As much as I hate going under water, I hate going underground more. But to conquer my fear, I have recently been trying to go on tours underground, starting with the tour of the Carlsbad Caverns in 2010. So I'm not afraid to admit that in 2008 when I had the chance to tour the Queen Mine in Bisbee, I did not take it because my fear got the best of...

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  • High Desert Market & Cafe

    We made a stop here when my daughter and I decided to visit Bisbee on one of our weekend road trips. It was an impromptu stop seeing as we did not have any plans going into Bisbee. The market is quite charming; offering the basics as well as Jewelry and a small cafe where we did sit to have a drink. The drinks were chilled and refreshing for the...

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Bisbee Restaurants

  • Great Selection of Coffee

    This is your best bet for outdoor sitting when in Bisbee. The charming view of main street is right with you allowing you to people watch as you sip on a fresh cup of coffee.I loved the variety Coffee they have including Kenyan, Tanzanian, Bolivian, Argentine, Sumatra, Colombian, Brazilian and Costa Rican blends. Naturally I got me a Kenyan blend...

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  • Delectable Sandwiches

    This Cafe exceeded my expectations. After walking around Bisbee with my husband and daughter, we decided to get a drink and a bite. Located on main street it is easy to find. My eyes went straight to the tea pots as I'm a tea drinker and collect tea pots. But that was not what did it for me, it was the sandwich.My sandwich was made of whole wheat...

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  • Authentic Mexican

    Average price in Arizona restaurants is quite simply the going price for anything less than $12 per person. For a tourist town like Bisbee, I was surprised to pay a regular price for food so good and service quite commendable. Santiago's is located at the corner of Howell and Brewery Avenue, quite easy to find.The interior is colorful with charming...

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Bisbee Nightlife

  • Great Hangout Pub

    This review is long coming. I visited St.Elmo pub with my travbuddy friends back in 2009 and recently returned with my husband. Located right up the road from Brewery Gulch, it is a perfect place to hang out with friends in the evening and have some drinks.It is an old building and has been operating since 1902. The inside is rustic and typical of...

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  • Drinking

    In downtown Bisbee (ha-ha) you will find the Stock Exchange Bar. This is a nice place to just sit and have a drink (or two) after a long walk around the town and up and down all of the hilly streets.If it is warm you can sit outside and remember that in AZ you can smoke in a bar.

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  • Local Flavor

    St. Elmo's is a colorful bar where most of the locals hang out. You might consider ita 'dive' but it has lots of character. It's my tradition to have at least one beer hereeverytime I visit Bisbee. They usually have live music on the weekends. Check out Buzz & The Soulsenders if you get a chance, you'll be dancing the night away. Food is available...

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Bisbee Transportation

  • Around Bisbee Historic District

    The town of Bisbee, with an estimated population of 6,500, is crowded into a few narrow, confluent ravines near the heart of the Mule Mountains. So, the town stretches on the distance of about 4 miles along Arizona State Highway 80 called Jefferson Davis Memorial Highway. The town (map here) consists of: 1. residential district called the Old...

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  • To Lavender Pit and ghost towns

    To get to Lavender Pit (picture 4) drive Arizona State Highway 80 East (picture 3), over 1 mile from Historic District. The large parking lot on the right (picture 1-2) was almost empty when I got there on business day in April.Then continue Arizona State Highway 80 futher east a few hundreds feet till you reach the traffic circle interchange...

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  • To Bisbee

    You must have a car to get to Bisbee which is located at Mule Mountains in southeastern corner of Arizona, 11 miles (18 km) north of Mexican border at Naco, 24 miles (39 km) southeast of Tombstone and 96 miles (154 km) southeast of Tucson. I drove Route 82 East from Nogales via Patagonia and took Arizona State Highway 80 (Benson - Douglas) East via...

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Bisbee Shopping

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  • Bisbee T-shirts and more

    I was too late in Bisbee to do shopping and watch art in local galleries. But Brewery Avenue Designs was, too my surprise, open althugh it was about 6 pm, I think. It was the only store open that time in Bisbee or maybe its owner just came to close it. The next door BizzArt Galleries was unfortunatelly closed. I saw aome interesting artworks...

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  • Candle Moon Co.

    This candle shop is managed by the mother of the candle maker. These candles last a long time and have wonderful scents. Grab a brochure to learn how to get your pillars to last there longest and not tunnel. Oil lanterns, candles and candle accessories. Oh, and get a 'dipper' so you can drown the wick so you smell the candle and not smoke when...

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  • Antiques

    Large antique store. Don't forget to check out the upstairs too! Many different kinds of vintage items from many decades. Although they are not antiques, a local artist makes rubber stamps that are just so cool. Our Lady of The Rubber Stamps can custom make your own design too. Each stamp has her contact information on it. It depends on what you...

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Bisbee Local Customs

  • Town of cables and wooden poles

    I have never seen as tall and as numerous utility poles as in Bisbee. The numerous wooden telephone and power poles form thick net of electricity and telephone cables in the air that is unfortunatelly well seen in numerous pictures I have taken in Bisbee. These poles must be tall, sometimes as tall as a 4-floor building, for the obvious reason:...

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  • Everything is Copper Queen

    In Bisbee I have visited (but not stayed in) Copper Queen Hotel, I've also seen Copper Queen Building and Copper Queen Library. Later on I've discovered Copper Queen beer and T-shirts. and I gave a try to Coppet Queen Coffee at Copper Queen Plaza. I've also seen Copper Queen local alcoholic drink in a saloon. At the end I've seen closed Copper...

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  • Town of old cars

    I was surprised to see very many old, say over 15-20 years old, cars still in use in Bisbee. They perfectly fit to Old Times charm of Bisbee and local, partly pretty renovated old houses. Although when Bisbee was founded and grew up as a mining boomtown, the world's largest mining town and the largest city between San Francisco and Saint Louis,...

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Bisbee Warnings and Dangers

  • Difficult parking

    Parking a car in Bisbee full of narrow streets is difficult, at least much more difficult than in other US towns of this size but easier than in most mountainous towns in say Spain, Italy or Greece.I arrived to Bisbee on business day in April shortly before 5 pm. Parking on a street in and close to Historic District is mostly limited to 15 minutes...

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  • Difficult driving

    Driving in Bisbee is difficult, at least much more difficult than in other US towns of this size but easier than in most mountainous towns in say Spain, Italy or Greece. Street of Bisbee are crowded into a few narrow, confluent ravines near the heart of the Mule Mountains. That's why, in contrast to almost all American towns I visited, there is no...

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  • Short opening hours

    I arrived in Bisbee definetely too late, before 5 p.m. But I was very dissapointed that Smithsoniam affiliated museum (Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum) closed at 4 p.m. It's open daily 10 am - 4 pm. Well, I was also the last minute consumer at Bisbee Coffee Company which closed at 5 p.m. that day. And generally Bisbee looked almost empty after 5...

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Bisbee Tourist Traps

  • I skipped mine underground tour :-(

    I always feel very uncomfortable when I get to know that I skipped something very unique or interesting on my way especially when I travel very far from my home. Due to lack of both time and information it happened to me in Bisbee.First of all I skipped main attraction of Bisbee: Queen Mine Underground Tour ($12 + tax; 1 hour 15 min.; warm clothes...

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  • The Copper Queen Mine

    You can take a tour of The Copper Queen Copper MIne (no longer being mined), butI don't like to support raping the Earth. But some people find mining fascinating and there is some geology to be learned. There is a "scenic" pull-over to view the open-pit I would try hiking

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Bisbee What to Pack

  • At an elevation of 5,538 ft (1690 m)

    Additional bags for shopping may be necessary. Pack sun glasses and comfortable shoes for hiking the Mule Mountains! Light cotton clothes (shorts, T-shirts) for warm or hot days. Sweater/pullover and/or jacket/coat for colder evenings/nights. Bisbee is situated in the Mule Mountains at an elevation of 4,540 feet (1690 m) thus both days and...

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  • Seasonal

    Because Bisbee is in the mountains, it can get quite cold in the winter so bring heavy clothing & stuff to layer with. It can even snow there. Late summer is monsoon season,so sudden rain is common usually accompanied by lots of lightning. Comfortable shoes because there is a lot of uphill walking. I would stock up on film & batteries before...

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Bisbee Off The Beaten Path

  • Lavender Pit

    It's the largest mankind hole in the earth I've ever seen. The abandoned pit is 950 feet (290 m) deep, that's like almost 100-floor skyscraper. I also paid attention to interesting colours and shape of some rocks down. If your sight is good, you should see very little entrance to an undergraound tunnel far down on the left, above the dark brown,...

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  • Tombstone Canyon, Mule Mts. and mule...

    After leaving hills of smooth slopes, Arizona State Highway 80 (Tombstone -Bisbee) close to Bisbee has entered a very rough terrain, with very steep slopes descending into deep Tombstone Canyon. These quite different Madrean sky islands full of sharp rocky formations with the highest peak, Mount Ballard (7,500 feet; 2,300 m) are called the Mule...

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  • Douglas and Hotel Gadsden

    I didn't visit city of Douglas like an average visitor. I drove Arizona State Highway 80 from Bisbee about 25 miles east to reach Douglas (map here) where I had to stop from natural reasons. By coiincidence I stopped very close to stately, 5-storey building that was perfectlyl signed by la arge roof neon: Hotel Gadsden (map here). The hotel opened...

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Bisbee Sports & Outdoors

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    Warren Tennis Courts

    by Basaic Written Jun 23, 2008

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    If you find yourself in Bisbee and have an overpowering urge to play tennis, there are a few tennis courts in the nearby area of Warren. The courts looked pretty well maintained

    Equipment: You probably need to bring everything with you, I did not see any pre shop.

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Bisbee Favorites

  • Parking

    Parking is at a premium in Bisbee. As you drive toward the old part of town you will see a large parking area on the left. It will cost you $5 to park there. There is also a small parkimg area to the left which is free. Walking through Old Bisbee, looking at the buildings and watching the people.

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  • My Mexican dream itinerary!

    Do not laugh at me, please. My foundest memory from Bisbee is a bit unique and refers to Mexico. Well, I had already been in Mexico two days before Bisbee. But Tijuana was not at all authentic Mexican city. That's why I wanted to visit Mexico again during my US trip. Well, maybe that was creative mountain fresh air that livened up my mind in Bisbee...

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  • A step back in time

    This building was the general office for the Bisbee operations of the Phelps Dodge Corporation from 1895 to 1961.In 1971 it was given to the city of Bisbee by Phelps Dodge and was designated as a national park service.The building has been converted to a civic center and mining and historical museum by the Bisbee council on the arts and humanities.

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