An hour and 15 minute drive southeast from Tucson can land you in the most famous town of the Old West: Tombstone, Arizona. We have visited Tombstone so many times that we know better than to not expect the unexpected.
Tombstone has more gunfights in its streets than Chicago. The main difference is that in Tombstone hardly anyone dies from these loud, raucous encounters. (The cowboys here are really bad shots.) Throughout the year, Tombstone hosts many special events, including: Territorial Days (September); Historic Home Tour (December); and the hugely popular Helldorado Days (October).
Of all the parades I have enjoyed over the past 7 decades, including the Pasadena Rose Parade and the Tucson Rodeo Parade, I’ve never had more fun than Tombstone’s Helldorado Days Parade. For sheer energy and hilarity, it cannot be beat.
Over many years, we at Southern Arizona Guide have recommended many Tombstone establishments, including Big Nose Kate’s Saloon, which we consider the Best Cowboy Bar in America. And we always recommend that first-timers take Dr. Jay’s Tombstone Walking Tour. It’s only $18 and lasts about an hour and a quarter. You come away understanding what life here was really like in the 1880’s … and where THE GUNFIGHT really took place.Read More