“The Town too Tough to Die,” Tombstone was perhaps the most renowned of Arizona’s old mining camps. When Ed Schieffelin came to Camp Huachuca with a party of soldiers, and left the fort to prospect, his comrades told him that he’d find his tombstone rather than silver. Thus, in 1877 Schieffelin named his first claim “The Tombstone” and rumors of rich strikes made a boomtown of the settlement that adopted this name.
Find out why Tombstone has its renown reputation. You have all free time today to explore. Visit the Crystal Palace Saloon, OK Corral, or Big Nose Kate’s. Walk the streets of Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday and the gunslingers of old. Shopping for jewelry, rocks and minerals is excellent. See the world’s largest rose tree. Take the “Good Enough Underground Mine Tour” or experience a stage coach ride. Grab some grub at the saloon. Explore the sights and sounds that interest you. On the way out of town, stop at Boot Hill to read unique headstones of wild west legends. Today is part of Vigilante Days with old west reenactments, street entertainers and watch out the “hanging tree” will be up and running.
Stop for a no-host dinner at Omars’ Highway Chef Restaurant, the granddaddy of Tucson’s off-ramp restaurants. Chef-manager Omar Ramirez gushes about the restaurant’s signature deep-dish apple pie. It’s served hot and topped with a mountain of vanilla ice cream that melts into the cinnamon-kissed crisp apples snuggled in a flaky crust dusted with cinnamon. Awesome! Omar’s has gained a national following in recent years after it was featured on the Food Network and the Travel Channel.
Terrain in Tombstone may be uneven. Consider appropriateness of this tour in relation to your physical abilities.6:30AM depart Mesa 7:00AM depart Apache Junction
Rest and refreshments breaks along the way as required.
Monday February 19
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