Tucson and Tombstone Western Adventure
Day 1: Travel east through Arizona enjoying the ever-changing desert vistas.
This morning, stop at Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch. This awesome spot has been voted one of the Best Roadside Attractions in America! Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch is a three generation family owned and operated working ostrich ranch. You may have seen the ranch on any number of TV shows such as “Larry the Cable Guy – Only in America”, “Extreme Roadside Attractions”, “Chef vs City”, “Amazing Animals”, “Arizona Highways”, and many more but there is no substitute for experiencing it upclose and personal. Joining the ostrich are a host of other critters: Miniature Sicilian Donkeys, Nigerian Dwarf Goats, Fallow Deer, Prairie Dogs, Peking Ducks, “The Goat Penthouse” and the “Hole in the Wall Gang” featuring Boar Goats, and the all-time favorite Rainbow Lorikeets.
Later, arrive in Tucson and visit your choice of attraction, covering your own admission upon arrival.
1) The Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum, which for a half-century has enchanted millions of visitors with its exhibits of live animals in astonishingly natural settings. At the same time, the Museum has gained a worldwide recognition in the scientific community as an institution committed to researching and protecting the land, plants, and the animals of the Sonoran Desert region. The Desert Museum is a zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden, all in one place! Exhibits re-create the natural landscape of the Sonoran Desert Region so realistically you find yourself eye-to-eye with mountain lions, prairie dogs, Gila monsters, and more. Within the Museum grounds, are more than 300 animal species and 1,200 kinds of plants. There are almost 2 miles of paths traversing 21 acres of beautiful desert. Admission $21.95+ seniors.
2) Old Tucson, the famous movie location and theme park, a Western town originally built as the set for the 1939 movie Arizona. In the years since, Old Tucson has been used during the filming of John Wayne’s Rio Lobo, Rio Bravo, and El Dorado; Clint Eastwood’s The Outlaw Josey Wales; Kirk Douglas’s Gunfight at the O.K. Corral; Paul Newman’s The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean; and, more recently, Tombstone and Geronimo. Passing through the gates, guests are transported back to a time when fearless men with six shooters ruled the Old West. Saunter down the streets of Hollywood’s most famous movies; walk in the footsteps of movie legends like John Wayne, Clint Eastwood and hundreds more. In addition to its historic role as a film location, Old Tucson Studios is Southern Arizona’s premier outdoor entertainment venue with a full array of live shows, thrilling stunts, Old West dramas, saloon musicals, trail rides and fun for all. Admission $17.95+ seniors.
Check in to the Desert Diamond Casino Hotel. The evening is unstructured. Play some Bingo, try your hand at the slots,enjoy a leisurely dinner. The casino hosts over 1000 fast-paced slot machines, blackjack, poker, bingo, and keno, and also offers a full-service bar, grill, and a 24-hour snack bar for late night munchies. Be sure to sign up for their players club card for more goodies!
Day 2: Saddle up for Tombstone Arizona. Find out why Tombstone is known as “The Town Too Tough To Die.” Explore the Crystal Palace Saloon, OK Corral, walk the streets where the gunslingers of old carried out their infamous shoot-outs. See the World’s Largest Rose Tree. shopping for jewelry, rocks and minerals is excellent, lots of small museums to look at. Truly an Historical American Landmark, Tombstone is America’s best example of our 1880 western heritage, which is well preserved with original 1880’s buildings and artifacts featured in numerous museums. Big Nose Kate’s and the Crystal Palace Saloon, and other cafes, offer plenty of choice for a no-host lunch. When you are tired of shopping just take a rest on one of the many benches and watch history go by.
Late afternoon it is back to Desert Diamond for the evening. If there is enough interest, board the motorcoach to Pinnacle Peak home to the famous cowboy steak and Trail Dust Town for the evening.
Day 3: After breakfast and a short ride, arrive at Mission San Xavier del Bac known as “the white dove of the desert“. Step inside for a look at the art and architecture of this beloved Arizona treasure. Just a drive down the road is the ASARCO Mine Discovery Center with plenty of time for your self paced tour learning about copper mining and an awesome gift store.
This is a Moderate Activity Level tour. The itinerary includes numerous departures from the motorcoach, walking at your own pace at various attractions and steps. Persons of limited mobility should consider the appropriateness of this tour in relation to their physical abilities.
7:00AM depart Yuma
7:30AM depart Foothills
$275 pp/do … escorted tour includes 2 nights accommodations at Desert Diamond Hotel and Casino, with breakfast each morning and a welcome reception upon arrival, admission to Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Farm with feed and deluxe motorcoach transportation. $399 single. Note: Sonoran Desert Museum admission and Old Tucson Studios pricing subject to change without notice
February 23-25, 2020
Sunday – Tuesday
Call 928-783-8888 to speak with a reservationist
For a description of tour policies, including cancellation penalties, click “Policies and Procedures” at the very bottom of this page.