Tombstone Travel Guide

  • A piece of American history on every corner
    A piece of American history on every...
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    One of many places to check out
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  • Lots to see and experience of Tombstone history
    Lots to see and experience of Tombstone...
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Tombstone Highlights

  • Pro
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     Architecture, saloons, some shops, mountains and deserts around, handsome cowboys 

  • Con
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     Some kitchy "tourist attractions", handsome cowboys 

  • In a nutshell
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     Discover the American Old West 

Tombstone Things to Do

  • Boothill Graveyard-the USA's "Old West"

    Boothill Graveyard is open to the public without fee, and a popular stop for tourists visiting Tombstone because it incorporates much of the history within the cemetary.Buried here are outlaws with their victims, suicides, and hangings, legal and otherwise, along with regular citizens of Tombstone's first days.The graveyard features the graves of...

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  • Can Can Restaurant 1879

    The Can Can Restaurant ws established in 1879 by Quong Kee. It was one of Tombstone's best know restaurants. In 1886 it was purchased by John Henninger who turned it into a first class eating establishment. It had a number of properietors until 1921. In 1n 1928, it became the Piggle Wiggle Market. In 1945 a Dr. Paul Zin and Father Aull opened the...

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  • The Wyatt Earp Theater

    The Wyatt Earp Theater is a live gunfight & theatrical performance not to be missed! They give you a great history lesson on the town starting with the Native Americans, the Mexican-American War, the Silver boom and the violence which is the reason this ‘town too tough to die’ is still Arizona’s second biggest tourist attraction.Live actors reenact...

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  • Birdcage Theatre Museum 1881

    The Birdcage was the most famous saloon in America from 1881 to 1889. It was one of the most wild night spot and a reputation for a town that would never be forgotten. Back in 1881 -1889 it witness 16 gunfights, 140 bullet holes, stabbings, and murder. What made the Birdcage famous and unique is the 14 bird cage gribs compartments that are...

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  • Ed Schieffelin's Good Enough Mine 1878

    The Good Enough Mine was discovered by Ed Shieffelin in 1878. Nowdays, the Good Enough Mine tour provides an educational look back into Tombstones past with help of its owners, Andree & Shirley DeJournett. The mine tour will take down in the belly of mining shaft and the life and times of a miner.

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  • Tombstone Trolley Tours

    Enjoy a 25 minute Historical Tour aboard the Tombstone Trolley Car as our expert conductors share with you the History, Legands and Lore that has shaped Tombstone into the "Town Too Tough to Die." Save your tickets for discounts on Gunfights, Museums, Mine Tours, Restaurants and more! On/Off Service is available to the Boothill Graveyard....

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Tombstone Restaurants

  • Decent Breakfast

    The Longhorn Restaurant serves a pretty good breakfast. It also has steak, chicken, BBQ, etc. There is a full service bar. Hours are 7AM to 8 PM daily. I had a very good Western Omelet; but the potatoes were overcooked.

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  • One of the Better Ones in Tombstone

    UPDATE: Nellie Cashman's is under new management and has a new name. Will write a tip for the new restaurant soon.Tombstone is not a place full of restaurants serving great food. In this environment, I would rate Nellie Cashman's above average. They serve steak, chicken, seafood, mexican dishes, pasta, and a variety of sandwiches and salads. The...

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  • Rustic Charm~

    This is not just a restaurant, but provides several types of entertainment. They even have a putt-putt coarse. and a stunt wild west show. We ate here and were happy with the food and service. It is rustic, so do not exspect anything fancy. Show times for Hollywood Stunt Show: Daily at 11:30 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm.

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Tombstone Nightlife

  • Historic Saloon

    One of the most popular places to hang out in Tombstone and drink a few is Big Nose Kate's. Big Nose Kate is best known as the girlfriend of Doc Holliday of the shootout at the OK Corral fame. The decor is bright and colorful and historic with some impressive stained glass. This used to be the Grand Hotel (which opened on 9 September 1880),...

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  • Big Nose Kate's Live Western Music

    In this centrally located saloon I enjoyed a lot American western folk music played by a woman guitarist. She was singing cowboy songs and frontier ballads. Western music, directly related to the old English, Scottish, and Irish folk ballads, was originally composed by and about the people settling and working in the American West. Mexican music,...

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  • Old time Saloon

    This old Saloon is where the old Grand Hotel used to be. Back then the bar was downstairs, but that's now a gift shop.The people here are friendly and then beer is not as cheap as next door but once you have a few pints in you, who cares! They server food here as well and have live music.During the day, the place is filled with tourists, and at...

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Tombstone Transportation

  • Fast Track Around Town

    Just as fun as riding a cable car or the tram to the top of Bergamo is the Covered Wagon ride in Tombstone. Feel the hard seat as you realize how uncomfortable that trip to the old west was from Missouri. Smell the dust and the horses, hear the sound of the creaking wagon and listen to the stories from the driver.yippy Ki Yay...

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  • Tombstone is 70 miles You...

    Tombstone is 70 south of Tucson miles from You drive through the Sonoran Desert and you can enjoy the sight of the big Saguaro Cactuses - You immerse yourself in the History of the West and forget the rest -Stagecoach - What else

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  • Around Tombstone

    Tombstone is a little town (population 1,550) easy to walk around. The main streets are below 1 mile (1.6 km) long but the most atractive part of city (Tombstone Historic District) covers less than half of that.Tombstone receives approximately 450,000 tourist visitors each year. So, I was surprised that I so easily found a place on a street to park...

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Tombstone Shopping

  • A Biker Shop Run by Bikers

    NOTE: This shop is now closed because the owner, Paul, passed away. He was kinda young and I am not sure what he died of. The shop may be reopened soon under new management (still bikers).Dreamwalkers of Tombstone just opened in December 2008. It is a biker shop owned and run by bikers, and is the home of the "Birdman Patches". If you want some...

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  • Fight crime... shoot first!

    This was the first gun shop I ever visited. But this large store offers much more than guns and revolvers plus ammunition and accesories mainly of the Old West era. From floor to ceiling it's full of various items and gifts which may remind the American Old West: oil lamps, old photographs, yellow name mugs and T-shirts surely signed Tombstone,...

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  • Wild West and homemade fudges

    This store is quite large inside and offers various western gifts, T-shirts, hats, silver and turquoise jewelry, rocks and minerals, miniatures, magnets, Christmas ornaments and many more. There is also Old Tyme Photo Parlour (old photo studio) for those visitors who need to proof that they were in Tombstone. They also rent costumes and sell their...

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Tombstone Local Customs

  • Cowboy Manners

    The American Wild West had lots of customs, most of which still apply in some variation today. Here are a few of the most important among them:- Rule #1: Never, ever mess with the following three things: a man's hat, a man's horse, and a man's gun. Don't even touch them without permission. Back in the day, loss of any of these items could result in...

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  • The Characters of Old Tombstone

    Wyatt Earp: Gambler, entrepreneur, and lawman from Dodge City. Middle brother to Virgil and Morgan. Participated in the Gunfight at the OK Corral and emerged unscathed. Later married Josie Marcus.Virgil Earp: Longtime career lawman and town-marshal of Tombstone. Older brother to Wyatt and Morgan. Participated in the Gunfight at the OK Corral and...

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  • Actors in the streets

    One can distinguish a tourist from a local because of his clothes. Most inhabitants of Tombstone, working in the tourist areas, are dressed like in the days of the gold diggers. Very nice. It adds to the ambiance.

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Tombstone Warnings and Dangers

  • Burning history in Tombstone

    The area of Tombstone in Arizona is very very dry and so very conducive to fires! Some of the important buildings in the area have burned and it is sad because it would be nice to preserve the history of the prospectors, cowboys, and gunfights...so if you have anything flammable (cigarrette stubs), be very careful where you throw them.As were...

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  • It not at all looked like I expected

    I knew the name of Tombstone from some Western movies I watched as a kid, long before my trip. Well, Tombstone looked different than I expected, and you may expect. You are warned :-). I don't want to say that I was dissapointed at all, never, but... I expected to see at least a few times larger city with a few or more streets preserved or restored...

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  • Smoking policy changes on May 1, 2007

    Although Arizona is generally a friendly state for non-smoking folks (not as much as say Utah or California though) and many Arizonian restaurants are smoke free, forget about it in Tombstone. Smoking was allowed in all restaurants and saloons I visited in Tombstone in 2003. Morover, there was no seperate room for non-smoking folks. If you don't...

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Tombstone Tourist Traps

  • Hollywood Cowboys

    Let's face it, Tombstone is one big tourist trap, but worth the visit because of the history and it is also nice that the locals have decided to preserve it to be more like it was when Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp walked the streets. You are going to find plenty of souvenirs not made in America, and plenty of folks who do not live in Tombstone but...

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  • Gift shops

    Apart from the museums, the restaurants and the other things to see, Allan street is a giant gift shop. But... there are some original things to buy to. At least for non-Americans.For instance: woodcarving, Mexican blankets, t-shirts, jewels, ...

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  • A Great Day For Under $50!

    Here's a tip for all the people whining that Tombstone is "too expensive" or "too kitschy":It's freakin' Tombstone!!Tourism is all this place has and it would no longer exist otherwise. I'm sure you make more at your salary than most of these fine folks do. Please loosen your tie, trade your tighty-whitey briefs for boxers, buy a big cowboy hat, a...

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Tombstone What to Pack

  • At an elevation of 4,540 ft (1380 m)

    Additional bags for shopping may be necessary. Pack sun glasses! Light cotton clothes (shorts, T-shirts) for warm or hot days. Sweater/pullover and/or jacket for colder evenings/nights. Tombstone is situated on a mesa (an elevated area of land with a flat top and sides that are usually steep cliffs) between the Dragoon and Huachuca Mountains at an...

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  • Packing List

    comfortable shoes, heels get stuck in the boardwalks. :0) The weather is nice here, a bit warm in the summer, light clothing is best, stay away from dark colors they attract the heat. Water bottles are a good thing to bring. Drink lots of water and sunscreen is recommended. Especially if you are traveling with children. Make sure you are well...

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Tombstone Off The Beaten Path

  • Farm windmill

    I was lucky to find this old landmark of rural America on a small farm, close to Tombstone, on the left side of Arizona State Highway 80 driving from Tombstone towards Bisbee. The multi-bladed wind turbine atop a lattice tower made of wood or steel was, for many years, a fixture of the landscape throughout rural America. However I expexted to see...

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  • Rock formations of Madrean sky islands

    Sky islands are mountains in ranges isolated by valleys in which other ecosystems are located. As a result, the mountain ecosystems are isolated from each other, and species can develop in parallel, as on island groups such as the Galapagos Islands.I could easily see something like that driving from Tombstone to Bisbee (only 24 miles = 39 km)...

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  • The Mule Mountains and mule deer :-)

    After going along 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 canyons. 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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Tombstone Favorites

  • Tombstone: A moment in history

    If you are going to Tombstone in search of true history, may I suggest visiting the Bird Cage Theater.The building is original, the artifacts well preserved and the true feeling of the way of life (back then) humbles you. As a history buff I was taken in by the the town's unique past and their willingness to preserve it. Kudosto the people of...

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  • Daily Activities

    Tombstone will have attracted many types of tourists. During the day you might see a group of cowboy enthusiasts who will come from out of state, or even another country and they will act out gunfights and skits that they have practiced back home. Tombstone also has daily activities to keep the tourists there and occupied. The longer you stay, the...

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  • Gunfight at the OKCorral: what did...

    Apparently nobody knows what really happened during the 30 sec. gunfight at the OK Corral. There are 2 different approaches presented in paintings in the Courthouse. Many historians have studied this "event" and have come to different conclusions. Anyways, Tombstone has every reason to keep the event as mysterious as important. The gunfight is...

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