Tucson's Old West
Where to Go for A Western Adventure
If you’re looking to saddle up, put on some cowboy boots and experience a little bit of the Old West, then you’ll definitely want to add these popular attractions to your list.
Kick Up Some Dust at Tanque Verde Ranch
Looking to get your boots a little dirty and ride like the wind? Whether you’re a newbie to the saddle or a regular horse whisperer, you can experience an outdoor adventure tailored to your pace. One of America’s old time cattle and guest ranches, Tanque Verde Ranch provides the quintessential Western experience where guests can enjoy a horseback ride among the beauty of the Sonoran Desert and indulge in a homemade cowboy cookout.
Go for Gold at Trail Dust Town
This western-themed outdoor shopping center on the eastside of Tucson just begs for some exploring. Travel back in time at Trail Dust Town and step inside the colorful storefronts for Old West finds. Catch the Pinnacle Peak Pistoleros Wild West Stunt Show. Bring the kiddos for a good time on a vintage carousel or do as they did in the West and give gold panning a go. Enjoy a hearty meal at Pinnacle Peak, home of the Cowboy Steak and enemy of the everyday necktie. The popular steakhouse enforces a no-tie policy, so leave work behind and don your favorite plaid.
Meet the Wild West Legends Of Tombstone
There’s plenty to see and do in the “Town Too Tough to Die.” Walk the same route the Earps and Doc Holliday did on the streets of Tombstone, Arizona, to the gunfight that made them legends. Visit the final resting place of many of Tombstone's most famous and infamous characters. Enjoy a re-enactment of the gunfight at the O.K. Corral and visit the Bird Cage Theater that the New York Times called "the wildest, roughest, wickedest honky-tonk between Basin Street and the Barbary Coast."
Focus Your Camera on Old Bisbee
Pack your camera and film, and head to Bisbee for a western, fun-filled day. Home of the famous copper Queen Mine, this photogenic little city is jammed packed with history. At the turn of the 20th century, Bisbee was the largest city between St. Louis and San Francisco and a bustling regional cultural center. Today, Bisbee offers a rare glimpse of the past and exudes Old World charm through preserved buildings and attractions. Visit the Bisbee courthouse, St. Patrick's Church on Quality Hill, or tackle Bisbee's 1,000 stairs. Tour the Queen mine and enter Bisbee through the mountain tunnel, and you'll be transported back to the bygone days of mule trains, rowdy miners, and Victorian styles.
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