Tombstone is where all your craziest Wild West dreams come true. I dressed up like a saloon girl, chatted with cowboys, explored a historic saloon, and smelled what felt like approximately one thousand pounds of horse crap. Tombstone is awesome! In case you’re unaware, it’s an authentic Wild West town! So if you’re headed to Arizona, I highly recommend adding this town to your travel wish list! Read on for my Tombstone Arizona Travel Guide 🙂
What To Do In Tombstone
Get An Old Fashioned Photo
A friend and I popped into the Can Can Old Time Photos shop which is inside a historic building on the main drag. Honestly, though, what shop isn’t in a historic building in Tombstone? For $20 we got an 8×10″ sepia toned photo printed for us right after our shoot. Since I’m such a giving person I guess I’ll show it to you… don’t make fun.
The whole experience was hilarious and so much fun!! The workers started by asking us if we wanted to be “proper Western ladies, madames, or saloon girls”. We enthusiastically yelled “SALOON GIRLS” and they handed us some semi-revealing old fashioned dresses. They have a huge selection of outfits and accessories to choose from and will make the selection for you. You get to choose between two different backgrounds, and decide which object you’ll hold. We got to do about 3 different poses, and she even let us put our stuffed ewok in the background (see him on the bar with the money bag?). Afterwards, we selected which photo we liked best and it was printed for us within 5 minutes! This was one of the most fun things I’ve ever done – I highly recommend it!
Watch a Gun Fight at the O.K. Corral
One of the most popular attractions in Tombstone is the gun fight reenactments at the O.K. Corral. The $10 admission gets you into the historic building and a reenactment of the famous gunfight exactly where it took place. Admission also gets you into the Tombstone Historama and the museum of Arizona’s oldest newspaper.
Explore the Bird Cage Theatre
The Bird Cage Theatre was a popular hangout spot for gunslingin’ cowboys back in the day. It was a theater, a saloon, a gambling parlor, and a brothel. The theater is in really good condition with a lot of the original 19th century decor, 140 bullet holes and all. Apparently 26 people were killed here during its 8 years of operation. Walking into the front room and hearing an explanation of how each bullet hole got there is a totally free experience! Entrance beyond the front room for a self-guided tour is $10.
Take A Ghost Tour
The Bird Cage Theatre hosts nightly ghost tours for $20! If we had stuck around until the evening, we definitely would have gone. It sounds too campy not to go.
Visit the Courthouse
The old Tombstone Courthouse is an Arizona State Historic Park, and serves as the official Tombstone museum. For $7 you can take a self-guided tour of the exhibits and even see a reproduction of the Gallows, where criminals were hung.
Grab a Drink
Tombstone has options for those looking to enjoy a few drinks. Wine drinkers can do a tasting at the popular Silver Strike Winery while beer lovers grab a flight at Tombstone Brewing Company. If you’re looking for a historic saloon, there’s plenty of options for that as well, including a saloon with an area to tie up your horse outside!
Browse the Shops
Tombstone’s boutique stores and gift shops are a riot. Personally, I’m not one for souvenirs (why bother when I have so many photos to cherish?), so for me it was just fun to see what they had in stock. There’s cowboy hats and boots, prickly pear candies, gun-shaped shot glasses, and tons of other Wild West themed bits and bobs.
Have you ever been to Tombstone? Are you planning to go? Comment below and let me know, I’d love to hear from you! Before you go, be sure to check out my other Arizona Travel Vlogs, and hear the story of my USA Road Trip Gone Wrong!
Talk to you soon,