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Bisbee Arizona - Nearby Attractions

Douglas

This border town, is just a half-hour's drive southeast of Bisbee, via U.S. Highway 80. Agua Prieta, the Mexican town, is just across the boundary, offering a popular market area with curio shops, restaurants, and plazas. The town is small enough that you can just walk across the border for an easy morning or afternoon of sightseeing. There's a golf course just north of Douglas on U.S. Highway 80.

A national historical landmark, the old Gadsden Hotel (in Douglas) is an elegant building that was built in 1907 and -- like many other original buildings in this region -- was destroyed by fire and rebuilt in 1927. There's a marble staircase off the lobby, chandeliers, two Tiffany skylights, and a stained glass mural. The hotel is open daily, (520) 364-4481.

The Slaughter Ranch Museum (also called the San Bernardino Ranch ) is found east of Douglas via a gravel road. This 300-acre site became the 1884 home of John Slaughter, a former Texas Ranger, who became the sheriff of Cochise County. He farmed the cattle ranch for 30 years. Today it's a museum, restored to its Victorian charm, and open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. For information, phone (520) 558-2474.

Northeast of Douglas on U.S. 80 is the Douglas Wild Animal Park, with exotic birds, animals, and a petting zoo. For information, call (520) 364-2515.

Day Trip from Bisbee and Douglas

Farther distant from both Bisbee and Douglas is Portal, a small community close to the New Mexico border, 7 miles west of Route 80 (turn west just north of Rodeo, NM). Sixty-two miles from Douglas, Portal is the gateway to several points of interest, including recreation sites in the Coronado National Forest.

Cave Creek Canyon is the site of the Southwestern Research Station of the American Museum of Natural History. The center has a wonderful collection of plants and animals and is a renowned birding area with hiking trails.

Farther down the gravel road, deep in the national forest, is the Chiricahua National Monument. Features of the monument include Bonita Canyon, the historic Faraway Ranch, and several interpretive trails, together with camping and day-use areas. For information, phone (520) 824-3560. There are several national forest campgrounds that can be accessed from the road to the monument, and the ranger station in Portal has information on these and other recreation areas.

The gravel road leads across the summit of the Chiricahua Mountains, ending just west of the national monument. To make the trip a circle route, take the paved road leading west from the monument and turn south onto Arizona Route 181. Then turn south on U.S. 181 to return to Douglas.

The shorter but less scenic route to the Chiricahua National Monument is by this paved route (take U.S. 191 north from Douglas and turn east on Arizona Route 181).

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Bisbee Arizona Attractions

Copper Queen Hotel

Drawer CQ, Bisbee AZ 85603, (520) 432-2216, or 800-247-5829
The old Copper Queen is a major historic landmark, built just after the turn of the century during Bisbee's greatest mining years. Around the corner is famous Brewery Gulch and the town's Main Street is just a half-block away. The hotel is well preserved with a fine dining room and atmospheric saloon. There are 45 rooms decorated in the Victorian style of these original hotels of the pioneer West. The place reeks of history and makes a great base for a vacation in southeastern Arizona ($$).

Bisbee Grand Hotel

61 Main Street, Bisbee AZ 85603
(520) 432-5900
Dating back to 1906, when it was constructed, burned to the ground, and quickly rebuilt, the hotel benefits from its 1986 restoration. There are nine rooms and two suites upstairs, all with Victorian furnishings and decor. On the ground floor, you'll find the Saloon, a small theater, and the old Ladies' Parlor -- now a civilized extension of the Saloon. Melodramas are presented in the Bisbee Grand Theater. Continental breakfast is served to overnight guests on the veranda or in the guest rooms ($$).

Hotel La More/The Bisbee Inn

45 OK Street, Bisbee AZ 85603
(520) 432-5131 or 888-432-5131 (reservations)
This intimate B & B inn has 18 rooms, and thanks to a recent remodelling most rooms now have private baths. It was called Hotel La More when it opened in 1917, having been built by Mrs. Bedford and leased to Mrs. Kate La More. It became the Waters Hotel around 1938, and then was the Bisbee Inn from the 1980s. The hotel is still moderately priced and a full American breakfast is served. Facilities include a TV room and laundry. The current manager is Kathleen Anderson, and the owners are Alfred and Elissa Strati. The hotel is conveniently located above Brewery Gulch, in the heart of Old Bisbee. ($)

The Inn at Castle Rock

112 Tombstone Canyon Road, Bisbee AZ 85603
(520) 432-7195
The long-standing B&B inn is an oddly shaped building, under the shadow of Castle Rock, which rises from across the road. The hillside behind the inn features thick plantings of trees, pampas grass, roses and other foliage. There are twelve rooms and two suites, all with private bath. A continental breakfast is served. This inn has its own mine shaft and several porches, and is a great place to take children for an overnight stay ($).

Bisbee Camping

Bisbee is a great place to camp, with several RV parks, including the Turquoise Valley Golf & RV Park on Newell Road. There are full hookups, showers, and laundry but no tent camping (520- 432-3091). Queen Mine RV Park has 25 spaces, including tent sites, with showers and laundry facilities. It's on Highway 80, next to the Mine Tour office, near the downtown area (520-432-5006). Shady Dell RV Park has 16 sites under the trees, at 1 Douglas Road (520-432-7305).

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