Tombstone is touted as the most authentic western town left in Arizona and is the pride of the state. The historic city lies in Cochise County and was founded in 1879. Tombstone was once the center of the largest silver mining district in Arizona. Today, Tombstone is popular as a tourist city, offering a slice of the ‘Wild, Wild West’.
Tombstone’s history is filled with conflicts among cowboys, including the famous Gunfight at O.K. Corral. The gunfight became so famous that it is still being reenacted in Old Tucson today. Steeped in history the town’s museums, tours and staged performances, take visitors back in time to experience the best of the west.
Things to do in Tombstone Arizona
Good Enough Mine Tour
The town of Tombstone is built on top mines and tours to the historic Good Enough are popular with tourists. One of the 25 mines in the district of Tombstone, the Good Enough Mine started the silver mining boom. Join a knowledgeable guide as you tour through several chambers of the mine while learning all silver mining in the 1880s.
From seeing rocks and minerals to understanding what ore looks like and how it is processed, theGood Enough Mine Tour takes you through the most unique attraction in town, making it an interesting and enjoyable experience. The tour takes about 45-minutes and is reasonably priced. Kids under 7 are free. This tour is even dog-friendly. Website.
The O.K. Corral Enactment
The streets of Tombstone come alive with the famous Gunfight at O.K. Corral. The historic gunfight between Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Virgil and Morgan Earp on one side and the McLaurys and Claytons on the other, was Tombstone’s claim to fame. Today, reenactments are performed on a daily basis at the very same spot where it occurred originally. Life-size figures of the eight gun-fighters adorn the area and you can stand beside them and get your picture clicked.
Historic Tombstone Walking Tour
Stroll through Tombstone’s history on this informative walking tour. The tour includes information on the beginnings of the town. What made the town so unique back in the 1880s. Famous buildings in Tombstone and the different eras they belonged to. And finally the history of Tombstone’s famous families including the Earps, Clantons, and McLaurys. Tours last 2-hours and cost around $20.00. Tour website.
Museums of Tombstone
The town’s in-depth history is beautifully documented in the many museums in the town. The Tombstone Western Heritage Museum is home to over 12,000 artifacts including original papers, photos, firearms, furniture, clothing and other artifacts belonging to the town and its renowned citizens.
Rose Tree Museum
The Rose Tree Museum showcases the story of the family who made Tombstone their home for over 6 generations. The Robertson-Macia family’s dedication to the betterment of the town is beautifully captured in the museum’s exhibits, including the world’s largest Rose Tree. website.
Gunfighter Hall of Fame
The Gunfighter Hall of Fame is home to an amazing gun collection of eras gone by, and checking out these exhibits will transport you to times when gunfights between cowboys were common! Address 4th and Toughnut Street.
Tombstone Epitaph Museum
The Tombstone Epitaph Museum is home to Arizona’s oldest and continuously published newspaper. Visitors can watch how The Epitaph was printed and check out the original Hand Press. The Tombstone Epitaph, 11 South Fifth Street. website.
Bird Cage Theater
The Bird Cage Theater was known as the wildest and wickedest night spot in the town. The Theater was also the location of more than 26 deaths. Today the theater serves as a museum. Tours of the Bird Cage are offered for a fee during the day. Evening a ghost tour is also offered. Address 535 E Allen Street.
Getting to Tombstone Arizona
The drive from Phoenix is about three hours. From Tucson, Tombstone a very easy day trip with the drive taking a little over one hour. Bisbee, Arizona is only a half hour south of Tombstone and well worth a look. For more information on old Tombstone visit tombstonetraveltips.com