Tombstone Travel Tips

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Tombstone Arizona Travel Tips - we gathered some essentials here for you. This Tombstone travel guide has the best info for your most satisfying trip when you come to town! We think these are the best Tombstone AZ attractions, especially for your first Tombstone travel into town.

Even though we live here - we try to put ourselves in your place. After all, there was a time when we used to be visitors. And there was a first time that we traveled here to Tombstone AZ! We also have been visitors to other Old West towns, and know it's better if you have some advance Travel Tips. So let's figure out:

  • What's the Best Time to Visit Tombstone Arizona?
  • What is a Must See in Tombstone AZ?

Deciding On the Best Time To Visit Tombstone

Best time to Visit Tombstone AZCrystal Palace Saloon on a Typical Day

Some people ask that question. Wondering: what is the best time to visit Tombstone? It can depend on a variety of things. Let's throw the questions back at you! Put all these hints together to figure out your best answer!! Then you'll know what's best when to make your own Tombstone travel to town!

Do you have young children?

Big Iron in Tombstone AZOur Grandson Aedan Gets Tips at Big Iron Shooting Gallery

We surely suggest you arrive to Tombstone early. Also plan your trip for weekends or late in the week. The reason is, some attractions and shops are closed Mondays and a few even on Tuesdays as well. So there will be less to choose from to keep the young ones entertained.

Also remember our advice to get to town early. If it's summer, it will be definitely cooler then. But whatever season, remember that most things you'll want to do close around 5 p.m. So you don't want them to miss out because of the timing.

I know we've seen that happen - people with kids walking around disappointed because places are closing up. Or have already closed!


What About Heat? Control It!

You may know - or have heard: Arizona, it's a DRY heat! That is true. And it can make a big difference. Especially when you remember to stay out of the sun as much as possible. Keep in the shade when you can! And stay well hydrated. What you might not have realized though, is that elevation matters! 

Elevation makes a big difference here! Tombstone is just over 4,540 feet. That's a little more than 2,150 feet higher than Tucson's elevation. It's a bit more than 3,450 feet higher than the elevation of Phoenix.

The higher you go around Arizona, the lower the temperatures will be! In general, in the summer, Tombstone is about 8 to 10 degrees lower than Tucson. It can be up to 15 or 18 degrees lower than Phoenix! 

But remember this - June is the hottest month. Many who aren't familiar with the Arizona desert don't realize this. People thinking about summer just beginning in June, think that the warm weather must be just starting to build up. So that July or August in Tombstone AZ must be the worst. But no - not so! June has the highest average temperature, because of other factors in this desert Southwest environment. 

Epitaph rain noteTombstone Weekly Epitaph - Local Notes, Page 3 Saturday, November 25, 1882
Winter StormJanuary 2017 - Winter Storm Heading to Tombstone From the West

So overall - if it's possible for you, I would recommend Autumn or Winter for your travel time to Tombstone. Temperatures are mostly in the 70s and 60s then. And it's usually sunny, with an occasional refreshing shower.

Many people do take summertime for their vacations, though. So if it must be a summer visit, because of school vacations, etc., we have another suggestion! A great time for your travel to Tombstone Arizona is during the Monsoon season.

Tombstone Weekly Epitaph reportTombstone Epitaph - Saturday, August 19, 1882 - Page 3
Monsoon over stagecoachCooling Monsoon Thunderstorm
Sunset over a Tombstone neighborhoodTravel to Tombstone for Sundown

The Monsoon Season essentially occupies July and August, often going into mid-September. Many days plentiful clouds help decrease temperatures. As the day progresses, more and more clouds build up. At some point they're quite likely to produce cooling thunderstorms. Temperatures can drop 10 to 15 degrees in an hour! 

Finally - one other idea is to plan your travel for Tombstone's Special Events - when there are often things going on later into the evening. The temperatures also immediately begin to drop with sundown - often up to 10 to 15 degrees! See more about Special Events next...

Do you love special events?

During most months in Tombstone AZ, something special is going on! Helldorado is the biggest event of all, in October. But there are other big events, pretty regularly. I'd suggest you could check out our Events Page for something that may interest you. Then you'll know which suits you and your family best for your Tombstone Travel visit planning!

Are you here for Adult Entertainment or Date Night?

Big Nose Kate's Night EntertainmentStronghold Brothers Playing at Big Nose Kate's Saloon

Probably you can forget Mondays and maybe even Tuesdays! But you'll find karaoke on Wednesday through Sunday night somewhere in town - Check it Here>! Plus poker at Doc Holliday's on Tuesday night and later in the week.

Bands at the Crystal Palace and Big Nose Kate's usually on Friday and Saturday in the winter. Four Deuces often has Saturday bands on their back patio. Some Fridays there are cut-backs when it slows down toward summer - give any of them a call to check. Some, like the Crystal may change out a band for karaoke with those summertime Tombstone AZ tourist travel doldrums.

Restaurants all stay open into the evening. They serve food until 8 p.m. or so. Don't miss out on one local favorite, just out of the main downtown area. Head East up Allen Street to the corner of Tenth: The Depot (great steaks, best Mexican food in town) and Ringo's Bar (best pizza in town). See more Tombstone AZ - Places To Eat>

Do you prefer to avoid crowds?

Tombstone AZ BoardwalkSummer "June Crowds" on Allen Street - Not so Very Crowded!

Then summer (if you can do warmer weather!) is the better time for you to travel to Tombstone Arizona! Actually the temperature doesn't get over 100 degrees on too many days. As mentioned, June is the hottest month - and probably the slowest. So this may be for you, after all. Keep this info in mind...

The average daytime high in June is 94 degrees Fahrenheit. Lately a little more often we've been seeing the temperature up to 97 on some non-Monsoon summer days. Just on occasion a "heat-wave" will creep in - that's when it'll get to 101 or 103. But keep our prior advisory about "controlling the heat" in mind!

And of course, always remember that a week-day will be less busy than a week-end. And the earlier in the week it is, generally the less busy it is. As the week goes on - day by day, more and more people arrive in town. Until Saturday and Sunday is the busiest.

So we hope this helps you figure out the best time to visit Tombstone! There is no one best answer!! It really can vary.

It will depend on you, and your circumstances. And even that can change from month to month, or year to year. But we think this information can help you to individually, or for your family - figure out the best time to travel to Tombstone Arizona!

Hope to see you there!


What's A must see in tombstone aZ?

It's your first visit to Tombstone Arizona! Likely you'll wonder...

What should we see first? What are definites to do? - Those are excellent questions!!

We want to help you out with that. We've organized these Tombstone Travel Tips in Must-See ranking. From what to do first, and then on down the line. Let's get started. Come on into town...

Entering Tombstone AZYou Arrive in Town - On Fremont Street


Parking Along Here - Fremont Street - as You Enter Town. Or Turn Right on Sixth Street. For more exact parking details - Click Here>


Westward View - Walk Allen StreetWestward View Along Allen Street

Before you begin your travels through town, you may want a map of downtown Tombstone. You can access one provided by the Tombstone AZ Visitor's Center. To access and download it: Click Here>


Walk along Allen Street to peruse the area. Much of what you'll want to see is there. A parallel road, Toughnut Street, is one block South. A few of our recommendations are located there.

Hope you've watched the 1993 Tombstone Movie prior to visiting! It will give you a good intro and semi-accurate history of the town. Read More>

Here's Our Must See - Tombstone Travel to AZ List

Top 7 Must Do List in Tombstone Arizona

Take a Tombstone Tour

Take the Butterfield Stage TourButterfield Stage Tour - Historic Coach

Number 1 Priority - You should get an overview of town history, important events and people first. That way you can choose the next sights that match your own interests, using their info. Which tours to try?

Two different stage coach companies are along Allen Street. There are also two Trolley Tours. Or you can line up a walking tour - one of them is a really cool adventure. It's likely a must see in Tombstone AZ attractions for kids and teens. They may really enjoy this - See It Explained Now>

But every tour covers different aspects of the town's history and stories. Yet all cover the essentials in their own way - and there's not too much overlap. So if you take another tour sometime, you'll still find it interesting!

To get more details on all of the Tombstone Tours: Click Here> 

Courthouse

Arizona State Historic ParkTombstone Courthouse

Number 2 - Located on Toughnut Street at the Corner of 3rd. This historic building is now a State Historic Park. It's well worth the visit for the Tombstone lore you'll view within its walls. 

Tombstone was Cochise County's 1st county seat - so the need for the courthouse. Its cornerstone was set on August 11, 1882. One of the town's original buildings. When the county seat moved to Bisbee, the courthouse fell into disrepair. It was empty and abandoned for awhile. One long-time local I was speaking with told me how he and his friends used to play inside it when he was a youngster!

It's now restored, including the gallows in the courtyard! Your kids may be fascinated by that!!

As a state park, there's a reasonable admission fee for those 7 years and older (under 7 FREE!). For children from 7 to 13 years of age, the attraction price is $2. For those 14 years and older, this Tombstone AZ attraction's price is $7.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. More Here>

Sights Along Allen Street

3rd Activity - Just walking this historic street, there are fun and free Tombstone AZ attractions to see! Yes - right along the street. Watch for different street performances and shows. If you're so inclined and like their entertainment - they'll always appreciate a tip. But just a hello, a smile and a kind word of appreciation will also go a long way! 

Johnny BonesJohnny Bones (left) with Monday's Musicians

Our favorite is "Johnny Bones" - he's usually found daily between 4th and 5th Streets. He's typical of the Historic Entertainers found in the 1800s. On Mondays he's accompanied by musicians instead of his usual recorded audios. Get your photo with him!

Other free street entertainment happens on the weekends. Catch some gunfights, trials, even hangings (not real, of course - and they may try to get you involved - uh oh!!)! Other old West drama! Sometimes there are fashion shows and other exhibits. Occasionally Allen Street excitement continues into the evening hours. Especially when there is a Special Event. Sometimes one is arranged at the last moment - so it's always good to check for the latest. Read More Here> 

The Birdcage Theatre

Bird Cage Theater TourTouring the Bird Cage Theatre - Tons of 1800s Memories

4th Tombstone Travel Must-See - Another one of the buildings still here and surviving from the 1800s. Take a look at the original bar, just step inside the front door - it's free to do that. They'll hope you'll take the tour for even more amazing, fantastic historic details. 

Tombstone Stage Coach by the Bird Cage TheatreTombstone Stage Coach Tour Passes the Bird Cage Theatre

You'll see some other fascinating historic items in the front lobby. But you'll be quite amazed with the genuine antique items and historical momentos if you go to the inner haunts! Speaking of haunts - they do evening Ghost Tours, as well. Are you interested? We've been on it twice! Pretty captivating - some would even say - - chilling. More info on that - Here>

Get to the Bird Cage Theatre at the Southwest corner of Allen and 6th Streets.

Boothill

BoothillPopular Grave in Boothill

#5 Of Must See In Tombstone AZ Attractions - It's a real city graveyard from the 1800s. If you take the City Trolley Tour, they'll bring you right over to it. You'll have the option to get off there. With more of its history, you'll see why it's a Tombstone Must See! For that - Click Here>

The actual graves of those gunned down in the O.K. Corral Shootout are there. So are the graves of those historic Chinese who immigrated to town - and met with a great deal of prejudice. Yet they persisted in their community that went a few blocks Southwest of the Allen and 3rd Street corner. Eventually a few became more respected in the community. There is also a Jewish section within.

Crystal Palace

Tombstone Restaurant foodPizza for Lunch at the Crystal Palace

Number 6 Suggestion - At some point you'll get hungry! You have lots of choices of Tombstone AZ places to eat. The Crystal Palace Saloon is a recommendation for their fabulous staff and authentic history!

So even if you choose to eat elsewhere - we propose you just stop in to the Crystal to view its historical aspect. Look in the left-hand corner wall when you first walk in. There's historical photographs there, and a news article about Miss Kimmie - the current owner. Look at the other historic features on the wall. See the beautiful deluxe bar!

For more Crystal Palace Details Go Here>!

O.K. Corral

O.K. CorralTHE Spot Where It Happened - Figures Demonstrate The True Story

#7 - Definite Must-Do in Tombstone AZ - This location is where that infamous event happened - the gunfight that placed Tombstone Arizona on the map! And actually - made Wyatt Earp a name country-wide that he hadn't quite had before!

The kids will enjoy the show! It's relatively short, gauged to their attention span. It is only barely based on fact - more for entertainment purposes.

To see the accurate shoot-out description - go to the rear area of the O.K. Corral attraction. You'll see life-size figures in a fenced in area. Push the button near these life-size action figures. That's the place where the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral really did happen. Since, as you'll learn (if you didn't already know) - it really didn't take place in/at the O.K. Corral! Read More>


Hope this helps you itemize your Must See list for you Tombstone travel to town! It probably can vary, though - for individual circumstances. But we believe these are starter essentials. There is much more for another Tombstone trip next time!

One Other Addition you may want to fit in if you have young kids. It could replace another attraction, such as the Bird Cage or the Courthouse - which you could save for another time. Since those are the attractions that may lag a bit for the little ones.

Tombstone City ParkTombstone City Park

To keep them entertained after lunch, when they start getting restless - we have a couple of suggestions that you could consider:

  • Old Tombstone Western Town - Located on Toughnut Street, at the South end of Fourth. Just cross over and you'll see the entrance. They have gunfight shows, miniature golf, gold-panning, etc. The types of things that kids love. One entry fee covers it all. Stay as long as you like.
  • Tombstone City Park - At the Northwest corner of Allen and 3rd Streets. It's a wonderful little town park. A lot of room to let the kids run around. The whole area is fenced - so no worries about them easily running off into the street. Swings for them to play on. There are nice picnic tables and benches for just relaxing or having some beverages and snacks. A Gazebo there is fun - for when the kids like to put on their own show for you! There are quite a few shade trees and rest rooms for your comfort.


We'll look to see you in town, working on your Tombstone Must See list! We're confident you'll enjoy your Tombstone travel experience!!


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