CULTURAL HERITAGE TOUR
LEGENDARY BIRDING TOUR
ARTventure: Walk in an Artist's Shoes for a Day
Bisbee Step-on Tour
Historic Old Bisbee Jeep Tour
Historic Churches of Old Bisbee Tour
Ghost Towns Tour
Old-Fashioned Holiday in Bisbee
Your Camera on Old Bisbee
on the San Pedro River
Helpful Bisbee Hub links:
A Better Bisbee - Better Together
"Eat - Sleep - Shop - Play"
Bisbee Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box BA
Bisbee, AZ 85603
Boys and Girls Club of Bisbee
405 Arizona StreetPO Box 5205
Bisbee, AZ 85603
(520) 432-3010 [phone]
(520) 432-6903 [fax]
(520) 432-2659 [kid's line at the front desk]
Cochise County Tourism Council
ARIZONA CENTINNIEL - Cochise County
Metropolitan Tucson Convention &Visitors Bureau
Cochise County: CULTURAL HERITAGE TOUR (6 DAYS)
in Bisbee. The Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum, the Smithsonian’s
first rural affiliate, is the place to begin your day. It displays
the minerals found in the Mule Mountains and outlines Bisbee’s
colorful mining history.
After the Museum, don yellow slickers, hardhats and mining lanterns
to board the train for the Queen Mine Tour, Arizona’s only
underground mine tour. The tour takes you 1,500 feet deep into
the now non-operational mine where tour guides detail the conditions
in which the miners worked and how ore was processed.
And don’t neglect Bisbee’s historic shopping district,
which lies within Bisbee’s National Registered Historic
District, along Main Street and Brewery Gulch. You’ll find
an eclectic mix of art galleries, antique shops, pottery studios,
boutiques and restaurants.
Overnight at the classically elegant Copper Queen Hotel, which
celebrated its 100th birthday in 2002, or stay in any one of Bisbee’s
unique and historic bed and breakfasts.
Bisbee take a 20 minute drive to the town of Tombstone, a National
Historic Landmark. Tombstone epitomizes the heritage of the Old
West. Visit Boothill Cemetery, the Bird Cage Theater, the Rose
Tree Museum and the Tombstone Epitaph, which features the newspaper’s
original 1880s printing press and newsroom equipment. The Tombstone
Courthouse State Historic Park is filled with interpretive exhibits
about Tombstone’s origins in silver mining and its heyday
as a rough and tumble mining town.
Just north of Tombstone, take a right onto Middle March Road
and venture into the Dragoon Mountains and Cochise Stronghold.
The Stronghold got its name from the County’s namesake,
Cochise, a respected leader of the Chiricahua Apaches and predecessor
of Geronimo. Cochise often hid out in this box canyon and legend
says that he was buried here. The area is part of the Coronado
National Forest and many hikes and picnic spots are available
in the forested groves and canyons.
Return back to Bisbee for a relaxing stay and a wonderful dining
experience at one of Bisbee’s fine restaurants.
From Bisbee take Route 80 east to Douglas and visit the Gadsden
Hotel. “The last of the grand hotels” awaits with
its marble staircase, gold leaf columns and authentic 42-foot
Tiffany stained glass mural.
Pick up a picnic lunch in Douglas and make your way to Slaughter
Ranch Museum. The 16-mile drive takes you through pristine desert
to the ranch, home of “Texas” John Slaughter, former
Texas Ranger and sheriff of Cochise County from in 1888 to 1892.
The ranch is a beautifully restored museum and historic site commemorating
turn of the 20th century ranch life. In the 1890’s Slaughter
dammed Black Draw wash, creating a large pond. Today that pond
is bordered by mature shade trees creating a lush oasis in the
desert. You’ll be glad you brought the picnic.
Return back to Bisbee.
Travel from Bisbee to Sierra Vista and Fort Huachuca, just a stage
coach drive away. Fort Huachuca was founded in 1877 and the Ft.
Huachuca Museum depicts the early military days of the area, highlighting
the Apache Wars and the exploits of the legendary Buffalo Soldiers.
While on the grounds of the Fort, take time to explore Garden
Canyon’s petroglyphs and archeological digs.
On your return to Bisbee, take state route 92 south, stop at
the Coronado National Memorial. The Visitor Center there commemorates
the first major exploration of the southwest by the Spanish Conquistadors
in the 1540’s.
Head north up the Sulphur Springs Valley located just east of
Bisbee, toward the Chiricahua Mountains and the Chiricahua National
Monument. This “Wonderland of Rocks” is laced with
hiking trails offering breathtaking views of the monument’s
towering spire formations. Near the entrance of the monument,
Faraway Ranch gives visitors a peek at the life of the Swedish
family that helped to establish the area as a national monument.
When you leave the monument, take the famous Apache Pass, along
part of the Butterfield Stagecoach Route between the Chiricahua
and the Dos Cabezas Mountain Ranges. A 1.5 mile hiking trail will
take you to Fort Bowie National Historic Site where battles of
the Indian wars raged in the late 1800s. An old Butterfield Stage
station, Apache Spring, the Fort Bowie cemetery, and the ruins
of Fort Bowie highlight the site’s attractions.
Take a scenic drive back to Bisbee. If it’s in the winter
months, thousands of sand hill cranes can be heard and seen as
you drive through the Sulphur Springs Valley. All year long you’ll
see lots of raptors and birds of prey.
From Bisbee head past Sierra Vista to Benson, home of Kartchner
Caverns State Park, one of the ten top living caves in the world,
recently opened by the Arizona State Parks. The Discovery Center
has interpretive exhibits and a film about the remarkable discovery
of the caves. Reservations are strongly suggested for the cave
tours. From Benson head east along I-10 and exit at scenic Texas
Canyon, part of the Dragoon Mountains, to the Amerind Foundation.
Sitting on 1600 acres of land, the Ameriand Foundation houses
one of the finest collections of Native American artifacts, relics,
crafts, art and photographs in the United States. Although primarily
featuring the native cultures of the Southwest and Mexico, the
museum also includes items from South American and Arctic cultures.
Return to Bisbee south on Highway 191 through Sulphur Springs
Valley and reflect upon Bisbee’s and Cochise County’s
historical ambiance and significance.
Cochise County: LEGENDARY BIRDING TOUR (4 DAYS)
Start in Bisbee with its quaint charm, historical ambiance
and unhurried lifestyle. Drive to Sierra Vista with a visit to
Ft. Huachuca’s Garden Canyon, in the Huachuca Mountains.
Garden Canyon contains some of the most diverse plant and animal
life in the mountain range and serves as home for many species
of migratory birds from Mexico. Garden Canyon is also interesting
because of ongoing archeological studies of a prehistoric village
near the mouth of the canyon. At higher elevations, one can find
red and black rock art paintings dating back to 1200 AD.
Ash Canyon, Carr
Canyon and Miller Canyon are other Huachuca Mountain canyons in
the Sierra Vista area offering shelter to migratory birds. Some
of Southeastern Arizona’s most beautiful birds, including
a variety of hummingbirds and six of southeastern Arizona’s
twelve owl species, live in these canyons.
The Nature Conservancy’s Ramsey Canyon Preserve, just south
of Sierra Vista, is one of the most famous areas in the nation
for viewing hummingbirds. Fourteen different species of hummingbirds
have been spotted there. Don’t miss the fine visitors’
center at the preserve.
Return to Bisbee and overnight at any one of Bisbee’s unique
bed and breakfasts or historical lodging establishments.
Bisbee head out to the San Pedro House, sixteen miles west of
Sierra Vista on Route 90 in the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation
Area. Operated as a visitors’ center by the Friends of the
San Pedro River, the 1930s era ranch house serves as a starting
point to explore the 56,000 acre riparian area. The 40-mile corridor
along the San Pedro River is internationally recognized as a unique
ecosystem for hundreds of species of songbirds and other wildlife.
The Nature Conservancy has called the riparian area one of the
“last great places” on earth and the American Bird
Conservancy has designated it as a “globally important bird
area”. Make use of the picnic area and spend the entire
Return to Bisbee for a relaxing stay and a wonderful dining experience
at one of Bisbee fine restaurants.
Head east on Highway 80 to Whitewater Draw where it is not unusual
to spot wintering sandhill cranes, snow geese and many species
Keep going east through Douglas to the Slaughter Ranch and the
San Bernardino National Wildlife Refuge where over 270 species
of birds have been spotted including great blue heron, green-backed
heron, Virginia rail, ringneck duck, Mexican duck, sandhill crane,
magnificent hummingbird, Costa's hummingbird, yellow warbler,
blue grosbeak, phainopeplas, white-crowned sparrows, and Gila
woodpeckers. Raptors include gray hawk, zone-tailed hawk, golden
eagle, Swainson's hawk, kestrel, sharp-shinned hawk, and peregrine
Return to Bisbee and enjoy the friendly ambiance of the historical
Go northeast from Douglas up State Route 80 to the Coronado National
Forest and the Chiricahua Mountains to Portal and Cave Creek.
Visit the Southwestern Research Station of the American Museum
of Natural History. There is a small visitor center and gift shop
and bird watching opportunities abound. Keep a sharp eye out for
the elegant trogon and the elusive one-eared trogon. Head further
into the Chiricahua Mountains to the Chiricahua National Monument.
While hiking and exploring the “Wonderland of Rocks”
keep your binoculars handy because the birding is great year round.
When you can tear yourself away from this fascinating location,
head toward the northern Sulphur Springs Valley to the Willcox
Playa, Cochise Lakes, and the Apache Generating Station Wildlife
Observation Area where winter visitors are sure to see sandhill
cranes, scaled quail, and numerous birds of prey.
Return to Bisbee where you enjoy another fabulous meal and a
tranquil unhurried evening.