Guided Tours of Tucson and Southern Arizona

Santa Cruz River Valley Tour at Tumacacori

Hi. I’m Jim Gressinger, travel writer, photographer, and publisher of Southern Arizona Guide. I am pleased to be your tour guide to the most beautiful and historic places in Tucson and Southern Arizona. Southern Arizona Guide offers themed tours, usually twice or three times a month. See tour descriptions and … Continue reading

A Hike to the Ghost Town of Charleston Arizona Territory

Wells Fargo Building

March 14, 2015 – Having been to many of the more accessible ghost towns, Ms. Rosemary and I (Ms. Karen) decided to hike to the remote ghost town of Charleston Arizona Territory. Led by our docent, Richard Bauer, this was a Friends of the San Pedro River “Members Only” hike, … Continue reading

You Are Invited: Bisbee Overnight Tour

Color postcard of Bisbee ca. 1915

Hi, I’m Jim Gressinger. Please join me on Southern Arizona Guide’s exclusive Bisbee Overnight Tour. This will be a boutique tour. Many of the places we will visit will be open only to our small group. Here’s a sample of what we are planning for your enjoyment. • Three fine … Continue reading

Southern Arizona Ghost Town Tour: A Slideshow!

Gleeson Jail

In the Fall of 2014, Southern Arizona Guide became more than just a website with all of its Dining & Lodging Reviews, Local History, and recommended Things To See and Do. We started offering tours to some of the most interesting and historical places in the American Southwest. This slideshow … Continue reading

Ghost Town Trail: A Day Trip From Tucson!

Pearce General Store

Shopping at a mall on Black Friday is not for us. Instead, we took our granddaughter, Jessie, and her fiance, Corey, who are visiting from California, to the wide-open spaces of Southeastern Arizona in search of ghost towns along Ghost Town Trail. We left Tucson at 9:30 AM and were … Continue reading

Fairbank: A Ghost Town Slideshow

Fairbank Picnic

Fairbank ghost town (aka Fairbank Historic Townsite) is about a 20 minute drive from Tombstone. It is located along the San Pedro River within the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area. Fairbank was established in 1881 as a depot for the railroad. The town was named for N.K. Fairbank, one … Continue reading

SASCO the Forgotten Ghost Town

Rockland Hotel

SASCO is a ghost town north of Tucson and just south of Picacho Peak. It was the smelter for the first Silverbell mine, which was 12 miles to the southwest and connected by rail. We had visited SASCO ten years ago; before we were Southern Arizona Guide and we had … Continue reading

Fort Bowie, Arizona Territory: 1862 – 1894. A Pictorial.

Ruins of Fort Bowie, Arizona.

For a quarter century, 1861 to 1886, Ft. Bowie was prime real estate known as Apache Pass. The Americans wanted it for their stagecoaches & supply wagons. The Chiricahua Apaches wanted it because their people had lived here for at least two centuries. Both sides were willing to pay for it in blood.

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