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 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Sundays and holidays which is usually posted on signs. However sometimes it's written on a sidewalk or kerb (commonly called a curb in the USA) painted in green. I don't know how local police enforces this law as there are neither parkometers nor parking clocks behind windshields of parked cars (I've never seen them in the USA). Well, they always may wait 15 min. to ticket you.
Although local Bisbee police is told to be friendly and rather slow about ticketing :-), never stop by a kerb painted in red or by a fire hydrant often called a fire plug in the USA. Stopping there is banned everytime except for emergency vehicles in action. Well, Bisbee downtown had already been completely destroyed by fire in 1908.
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 net of perpendicular and paralel streets in Bisbee. Streets of Historic Downtown are mostly narrow, rarely straight and they often run less or more down or up. Additionally there are numerous one way streets that makes navigation tricky.
Anyway, I enjoyed my driving around Bisbee with no map. At the end, not to get lost, I hit my car downhill till I reached Highway 80 running along the lowest part of the canyon. However, keep in mind that Bisbeetains don't like traffic lights and sometimes you must wait very long in front of a stop sign. Be patient, keep smiling, you are in Bisbee :-).
Despite the above inconveniences, I think that driving in Bisbee works much better than in many European old towns usually partly closed for traffic. Even don't think about such crazy law in the USA. You have to buy own land to make it closed for public traffic in the USA :-).
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 pm on business day in April when I was there.
All shops and galleries along Main Street were closed as well. Most of them are open daily 10 am - 5 pm , but some closed on one business day a week.
The Copper Queen Public Library is open Mon: noon - 7 pm, Tue-Wed: 10 am - 7 pm, Thu-Fri 10 am - 5 pm, Sat: 10 am - 2 pm.
Post Office - Copper Queen is open Mon-Fri 8.30 am - 4.30 pm.
The Muheim Heritage House Museum is open daily except Wednesdays 10 am - 4 pm.
The Bisbee Restoration Association & Historical Museum is open Mon - Sat 10 am - 3 pm; closed holidays.
CONCLUSION: come to Bisbee early, many attractions close as early as at 4 pm.
I have to admit that Bisbee is a very difficult place for even experienced photographers at least for four reasons:
1. large contrast in natural colours of dark trees and brick houses and light hills in the background (picture 4-5),
2. large contrast between areas lighted by sun and shadowed ones (pictures 1-5),
3. large distance between the first and the second scene and background in common composition (picture 1-4),
4. tangle net of telephone and power cables in the air (picture 5).
Unfortunatelly it's often impossible to improve fully a "bad" picture using computer editing software (compare my pictures 1-3).
A few advices relating to the above points:
1-2. bad weather (cloudy, I mean) is good weather in this case, on sunny day avoid taking pictures around midday, the best ones with long and soft shadows (the best for architecture) are those taken close to sunrise or sunset although for pictures of hills/mountains other time may be better to avoid large dark, shadowed areas on a picture (see picture 1 taken before sunset - wrong time),
3. it's natural to have sharp first plan not the distant background, thus fix sharpness for the first plan which should be enough large on the picture, avoid compositions with objects placed at numerous (say, 3 or more) various distances from your camera,
4. no way, you have to move, walk down and up a lot to find wire-free space for your picture, good luck! :-)
As Bisbee is a mining town (or was) there are many holes still in the ground. In the main entrance to town there is a water runoff basin for the water runoff that comes through town when it rains. This area is off limits to every one. There is a big sign reminding you to STAY OUT!
As Old Bisbee is a very hilly small town with steep, narrow and very twisty streets, so it is essential when parking to remember that you may have to reverse out into a busy road on a steep hill when you leave. Safety ideally requires that your passenger or a local guide you out when the road is clear. Accordingly I would highly recommend parking so that you can drive out forwards, especially if you are travelling alone.