Southern Arizona

Get off the beaten path and explore the vibrant communities of Southern Arizona. From the fine wines of Sonoita and Patagonia to the rich history of Bisbee and Tombstone, experience something new outside the city limits.

Featured Places


BISBEE

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Bisbee 1000 The Great Stair Climb

Forget the StairMaster--get outside and power through a challenging run up and around the mile-high town of Bisbee during this endurance-testing 5k race, Bisbee 1000 The Great Stair Climb, on the third Saturday of October. What began as an effort to save Bisbee's 1,000 historic steps has turned into a unique trek through the former mining community. There's also an Ice Man Competition--participants must carry 10-pound blocks of ice up 155 stairs with antique tongs--plus serenading musicians, arts & crafts booths, merchant discounts, and more.

J.F. Thamm Studios

Between landscapes and portraits, this gallery has it all. Located at the heart of Bisbee, J.F. Thamm Studios features artist John Thammís political and environmental paintings. The skill of this former Bob Ross mentor and long-ago courtroom sketch artist isnít something youíll soon forget.

Optimo Hatworks Milliner and Renovator

Everyone has a different reason to want a custom-made hat, from fashion savvy to head shape, and Optimo Hatworks Milliner and Renovator, located 90 miles southeast of Tucson, is the premier place to find them. A bonus: The store is in Bisbee--a cool, funky, and fun place for a day trip.

Queen Mine Tours

Experience cooler temperatures as you delve below ground and become a miner for a day in Bisbee's 47-degree caves, 90 miles southeast of Tucson. The Queen Mine Tour--a fun, safe, and authentic mining tour--offers five trips daily (each are 75 minutes long), and reservations are recommended.

Bisbee Visitor Center

Nestled 90 miles southeast of Tucson, Bisbee combines a laid-back atmosphere with old-world charm. Visitors to this former mining town savor Bisbee's unique allure--a blend of creativity (check out the art galleries), friendliness (converse with locals in Brewery Gulch), romance (stay at a quaint B&B or historic hotel), and annual events (like the Bisbee 1000 stair climb)--in the intriguing Mule Mountains.

SONOITA

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Steve Getzwiller's Nizhoni Ranch Gallery

Steve and Gail Getzwiller provide a dazzling display of prized Navajo masterpieces directly from the talented hands of nearby artisans that come into Sonoita's Nizhoni Ranch Gallery. Amongst the glory of blankets, baskets, rugs, table runners, and pottery, I feel like I'm at a trading post in the Old West. Well, I'm fresh out of rabbit pelts; may I trade cash?

TOMBSTONE

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Big Nose Kate's Saloon

The historic watering hole in Tombstone known as Big Nose Kate's Saloon is jam-packed with entertainment and enough ambiance to transport anyone back to the unbridled days of the Old West. Big Nose Kate is most infamous for her tumultuous relationship with Doc Holliday, but her tough attitude toward working the prostitution business is really what set her apart from the women of her time. Step into the saloon today for sights--and tastes--of the past.

Arlene's

Expect the unexpected at Arlene's in Tombstone! This family-owned gallery, opened since 1978, showcases some of the Southwest's most iconic items. Shop for everything from turquoise jewelry to Native American artifacts to fine art, pottery, and more. A visit to the Western town of Tombstone--with dusty streets, gunfights reenactments, carriage rides, and Shady Ladies--wouldn't be complete with a stop at Arlene's for authentic regional treasures.

O.K. Corral Gunfight Site

O.K. Corral Gunfight Site, located southeast of Tucson in Tombstone, is home to what is generally regarded as the most famous gunfight in the history of the American Old West. The fight took place on October 26, 1881, between Doc Holliday, the Earp Brothers, McLaurays, and Clantons, and has since come to represent a time in American history when the frontier was an open range for outlaws roaming the vast West.