The 10 Best Things to Do in Tombstone, United States

August 14, 2017 Viva Honore

The very mention of Tombstone brings to mind images of the lawless Old West, gunfights at the O.K. Corral, epic feuds between the Earps and the Mclaurys and Clantons, Gold Rush fever and the promise of silver and gold. The heritage of the American West is still alive here today, where historic saloons, post offices and the famous Boot Hill cemetery stand restored and painstakingly preserved alongside more modern, tourist-focused recreations of period architecture.
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1. Good Enough Mine Tour

501 Toughnut St, Tombstone, AZ 85638 +1 520-457-3333
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4.5 based on 386 reviews

Good Enough Mine Tour

The Goodenough Mine is one of the twenty five producing silver mines in the Tombstone Mining District, which started the mining boom which resulted in the incorporation of the City of Tombstone. When you take the tour, you will be shown through the original 1879 workings by a knowledgeable guide, and learn all about nineteenth century hard rock silver mining. You'll see what the ore looked like, learn about how it was processed, see some beautiful rocks and minerals, and artifacts and structures that have been in place for 130 years. This is one of the mines owned by Ed Schieffelin, the founder of the town, part of the Tombstone Mill and Mining Company, which he founded as well. The Goodenough Mine Tour is the most authentic and unique attraction in the City of Tombstone, and you'll see the results of the hard work of the miners. It's an experience that you will enjoy.

Reviewed By GerriS63_10 - Wilmington, Delaware

For our family this was the highlight of our time in Tombstone. Dave, our guide, was extremely knowledgeable and very entertaining as we descended into the mine and learned about the workings of a silver mine in the 1880’s and the lifestyles of the men who worked them.

2. Bird Cage Theatre

6th and Allen Street, Tombstone, AZ 85638 +1 800-457-3423
Excellent
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Bird Cage Theatre

This one-time theater and brothel has been reincarnated as a museum.

Reviewed By Wench01 - Michigan

I should have taken the advice from the bad reviews. They are charging too much money to see a small area of a bunch of dusty junk. I would recommend to stand at the front of the inside where the bar is, listen to the history (that is free) then leave.

3. Rose Tree Museum and Books

Fourth, between Allen and Toughnut, Tombstone, AZ 85638 +1 520-457-3326
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4.5 based on 187 reviews

Rose Tree Museum and Books

Famous for having the world's largest rose bush, this former residence has been turned into a museum.

Reviewed By JoeBoxter - Cary, North Carolina

The museum has some period rooms and furniture but the focus is on the rose bush in the courtyard. It is so large that, when trimmed, a couple of truckloads are needed to haul away the trimmings.

4. O.K. Corral

308 East Allen St, Tombstone, AZ 85638 +1 520-457-3456
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

O.K. Corral

Actual site of the famous 1881 Gunfight at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, AZ. Subject of numerous Hollywood movies. See Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday in daily reenactments. Stand where the legendary Gunfight began. Visit Doc Holliday's room. View over 100 photos of 1880s Tombstone and the Apache Geronimo taken by famous Tombstone photographer C.S. Fly. Open daily 9-5.

Reviewed By Douglas R - Colorado Springs, Colorado

Fun event but there were alot of people for the show. Too many people for my taste but good history here!

5. Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park

223 East Toughnut Street, Tombstone, AZ 85638 +1 520-457-3311
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4.5 based on 845 reviews

Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park

Welcome to the Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park. Built in 1882 in the shape of a Greek cross, this two-story Victorian structure once housed the offices of the Sheriff, Recorder, Treasurer, Board of Supervisors, Jail, and Courtrooms of Cochise County. Today this 12,000 sq.Ft. Courthouse is a museum filled with the glitter and guns of those who tamed the territory. The park includes a museum, exhibits, a gift shop, restrooms and shaded picnic areas. We accept Visa, MasterCard and Cash. Museum is open daily from 9:00am- 5:00pm. Stop in for an interesting tour and/or the perfect gift!

Reviewed By James P - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

You can walk the same street the Earps did and see the OK Corral. Be advised in the summer it can be extremely hot.well worth the trip.

6. Allen Street

Tombstone, AZ 85638 +1 520-457-9317
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4.5 based on 806 reviews

Allen Street

Allen Street is the main business and Historic District/National Registry of Historic Places of the famous Old West town of Tombstone, Arizona. It's full of history having once been the main thoroughfare of Tombstone during the boomtown days, so has certainly seen plenty of sights in its time. Allen Street became famous for being at the heart of the action during the time of the Old West. It saw plenty of gunfights in its day, and continues to be the primary tourist destination for tourists and Tombstone visitors. Today, it attracts people from all over who are looking for the excitement and enchantment of the Wild West days. The first stop on any trip to Allen Street should be the Tombstone Visitor and Information Center, where people can pick up a map of the area along with all the information that they need to plan their day. After that, they can head on down the Street to see what they come across. Allen Street is home to plenty of attractions, one of the most notable being the O.K. Corral. The O.K. Corral is the site of the most famous gunfight of the Old West which took place on October 26, 1881. It has daily re-enactments of the fight and is also home to the Historama, a multimedia performance showcasing Tombstone's long and varied history. After that there's plenty to choose from, including the Tombstone Ghosts and Legends Tour, guaranteed to give everyone a chill, or the Birdcage Theatre. Visitors can ride along the dusty road on the Tucson Stage Line or Butterfield Stage Coach, and can enjoy travelling as it once was with the road being closed to all other traffic. There are lots of options in terms of food and drink as well including the Crystal Palace Saloon and Big Nose Kate's, and there are countless other souvenir and gift shops along the Street for visitors to find a memento of the day. And, the Street is an attraction in its own right, with western re-enactments often being performed by the Six Gun City Players. Allen Street is open daily and entry to the road itself is free, however admission fees and opening times are sure to vary with each individual attraction. Be sure to check with the attraction first for their terms and conditions, and it's worth checking with the visitor center if you want to know when any staged gunfights and the like will be taking place. A trip to Allen Street really gives people a chance to see what life was once like in the Old West. With plenty of attractions to choose from, as well as re-enactments of famous showdowns, visitors will truly get a glimpse into the history of the time. And, with everything so beautifully preserved it really feels like you're back in the days of the Wild West, which will appeal to history fans and general tourists alike. Allen Street is a must-see for any visit to Tombstone.

Reviewed By Bob S - Lake Wales, Florida

So called Main Street of Tombstone - all the history happened here - no vehicles allowed on the 5 blocks - many shops - restaurants- salons - gift shops and artist shops ! Highly suggest you visit it !

7. Boothilll Graveyard

Tombstone, AZ 85638 +1 520-457-3300
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4 based on 1 reviews

Boothilll Graveyard

Boothill Graveyard was the Tombstone City Cemetery from 1878 to 1884. It was not called Boothill until the 1920s. Its occupants ran the spectrum of all the cultures and nationalities of early Tombstone. Cowboys who "died with their boots on" lie next to housewives, business men and women, miners, gamblers, ladies of the "red-light district" and all the famous and not so famous occupants that contributed to Tombstone's early history. By the 1920s, Boothill had fallen into ruin with many grave markers lost or unreadable. A group of citizens in Tombstone and Cochise County began the task of researching old burial records, consulting with relatives, older residents, and using all means available to identify the occupants and mark the graves properly. The task took several years and the efforts of many to accomplish. This resulted in the graveyard being restored much as it was in the early years when it was the city cemetery.

Reviewed By Caribbeancrazy243 - Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

The first thing you'll see when coming down from the North is the cemetery on your left. There is a $3 charge to receive a pamphlet describing the graves. I found the history remarkable and would recommend this to anyone with an interest in the old west.

8. The Tombstone Epitaph

Tombstone, AZ +1 520-457-2211
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4 based on 412 reviews

The Tombstone Epitaph

The office of the Old West's most famous newspaper.

Reviewed By A TripAdvisor Member

Stopped by to get our copy of the paper after watching the gun fight. Was impressed by the machines inside the museum. I learned it was actually a real process to print a newspaper back then. If you get tickets for the gun fight you get a free copy of the paper otherwise you can purchase a copy at the museum.

9. Gunfighter Hall of Fame

4th and Toughnut, Tombstone, AZ 85638
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4.5 based on 84 reviews

Gunfighter Hall of Fame

Reviewed By Localgirl252 - Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin

Nicely done Museum featuring the history of notorious gunmen of the West. Photos, guns, clothing are part of the memorabilia. A lot of reading. Extensive collection of western guns. Richard is a wealth of information who is excited to share his knowledge with you. He needs to give private tours. I would be first in line.

10. Tombstone's Historama

326 E. Allen St., Tombstone, AZ +1 520-457-3456
Excellent
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4 based on 83 reviews

Tombstone's Historama

Reviewed By Jerome M - Gary, Indiana

This historama was very interesting and educational. I learned about the mining in the area and the people of this area. The exhibit turns and the full screen shots gave you a real sense of how things were back then. This museum is highly recommended for history buffs.

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