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Bisbee - Southern Arizona

Located 195 miles from Phoenix, Bisbee is a former mining town located a mile high into the Mule Mountains. These days it is home to a thriving arts and antiquing community. Main Street boasts an array of antique shops and galleries (you can find some unique art and antiques here) together with fine restaurants.

The town was founded in 1880 and named after Judge DeWitt Bisbee, who was financial backer of the Copper Queen Mine. This Old West mining camp proved to be one of the richest mineral sites in the world and produced nearly 3 million ounces of gold and 8 million pounds of copper.

The town is world famous for it's Mining & Historical Museum and the 75-minute Queen Copper Mine Tour where you will be guided by former miners.

Both offer a fascinating glimpse into Bisbee's 1800s heyday.

The early 1900s saw the population of the town rising to somewhere in the region of 20,000 making it the largest city between San Francisco and St. Louis.

In Bisbee's downtown area you will find the Stock Exchange Bar. A good place to just sit and have a drink and rest your legs after walking the hilly streets.

If you are visiting around July you should make sure you are in town on Independence Day (July 4th) for Bisbee's Annual Race Day.

Hundreds of people sign up to run and climb the steps of historic Bisbee (there are 1034 of them).

There is also the Barco Iceman Competition, this is a race where people carry large blocks of ice with the use of tongs up about 150 stairs.

Finally there is The Bisbee Hill Climb involving stairs as well as a very steep rocky slope. Great fun to watch but looks gruelling for the competitors!

The climate is generally sunny and mild, Bisbee's mile-high elevation offers visitors cooler temperatures than those of Tucson and Phoenix. Summer highs range in the 80s to low-90s, and typical low temperatures in winter in the mid-30s. Rainfall is less than 15 inches a year.

Bisbee is located only 15 miles from Mexico. Hiking, climbing, camping and caves are all within a one-hour drive.

You can read more at the City of Bisbee website
and
Bisbee Chamber of Commerce site

Where to stay in & around Bisbee
The Gardens at Mile High Ranch
Located in high-desert country with three acres of lush gardens, wildlife, and beautiful 150-year-old cottonwood trees. BLM wilderness is located just beyond the boundaries. Located only one mile from the Historic District of "Old Bisbee", you can enjoy peaceful evenings and a healthy breakfast served in your own apartment.
901 Tombstone Canyon
Bisbee, AZ 85603-0258

Tel: (520) 432-3866
San Jose Lodge
The Lodge offers 43 units including suites & kitchenettes. All rooms are at ground level, clean, comfortable, refrigerator, air conditioning, direct dial telephone with free local calls, color cable television with free HBO, private tub/shower combination

Enjoy the American & Mexican delicacies at El Cobre restaurant with lounge, serving from 7am onwards, 7 days a week
1002 Naco Highway
Bisbee, Arizona
520.432.5761

The Best Value Inn and Suites of Bisbee
, located on Hwy. 92 surrounded by the beautiful Mule Mountains. While staying, take in views of the San Jose Mountains a short distance from your room in Mexico.

The location is in one of Bisbee's Historic Districts.
1372 Hwy. 92
Bisbee, Arizona
520.432.2293

E-mail
Tel: 1-888-315-BEST (2378)

Website
Calumet & Arizona Guest House
Not only a charming place to stay but also part of Bisbee's past. In 1906 noted Southwest architect Henry C. Trost designed a home for the Joseph E. Curry family. Mr. Curry was chief clerk for the Calumet & Arizona Mining Company. The "C&A" subsequently acquired the house and, after altering it to reflect an increasingly wealthy community, used it as their guest house for visiting VIPs.
Located at:
608 Powell Street,
Bisbee, AZ 85603

Tel: (520) 432-4815

Mule Mountain Cottage
Escape the city and head for the hills and the delightful surroundings of Mule Mountain Cottage.

5 minutes from Bisbee; Thirty minutes from Douglas; 15 minutes from Naco, Sierra Vista, Fort Huachuca and Tombstone; 65 minutes from Tucson; 3 hours from Phoenix.
Located:
3586 West Hwy 80,
Bisbee, AZ. 85603

For reservations call:
520-432-5537 or
1-800-917-6702
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