Discover 5 things to do in Tombstone, Arizona, one of the most famous wild west towns in North America.

The authentic silver mining town is rich in history. Some of the most well-known names of the old west walked its streets.

Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp with brothers Virgil and Morgan participated in the famous gunfight at the OK Corral on October 26, 1881. The gunfight left Billy Clanton and Frank and Tom McLaury dead. These gunslingers’ graves can be found at Booth Hill Graveyard.

Take a stroll along the wooden boardwalks on the town’s dusty main street.  Check out saloons, museums, shops and restaurants or join a narrated historic walking, stage coach or trolley tour.

If you want to catch a live reenactment of a shootout at the O.K. Corral Historic Complex, be sure to time your visit accordingly.

Top 5 things to do in Tombstone

The Tombstone Gunfighter Museum features Wyatt Earp's Dodge City Colt. Photo Courtesy of the Tombstone Chamber of Commerce.

The Tombstone Gunfighter Museum Hall of Fame features Wyatt Earp’s Dodge City Colt. Photo Courtesy of the Tombstone Chamber of Commerce.

Top 5 things to do in Tombstone Arizona - Visit the The Tombstone Gunfighter Museum Hall of Fame features Doc Holliday's revolver. Photo Courtesy of the Tombstone Chamber of Commerce.

The Tombstone Gunfighter Museum Hall of Fame features Doc Holliday’s revolver. Photo Courtesy of the Tombstone Chamber of Commerce.

Gunfight on the street in Tombstone Arizona. Photo Courtesy of the Tombstone Chamber of Commerce.

Gunfight on the street in Tombstone Arizona. Photo Courtesy of the Tombstone Chamber of Commerce.

The famous O.K. Corral Gunfight site located in Tombstone Arizona. Photo Courtesy of the Tombstone Chamber of Commerce.

The famous O.K. Corral Gunfight site located in Tombstone Arizona. Photo Courtesy of the Tombstone Chamber of Commerce.

  • Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park housed a jail and the courthouse, which enforced the law during a very disruptive time. Outside is a reproduction of the gallows.
Explore the Wyatt Earp collection at the Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park. Photo Courtesy of the Arizona State Parks.

Explore the Wyatt Earp collection at the Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park. Photo Courtesy of the Arizona State Parks.

  • Boot Hill Graveyard is an authentic restored cemetery.  It is the final resting place of the famous dead gunmen from the shootout at the O.K. Corral, ladies of the night, cowboys and other residents of Tombstone.
Top things to do in Tombstone.

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  • Bird Cage Theatre offers day tours and ghost tours nightly. Here you will also find a rare historic photo display, the Black Moriah hearse (used to carry bodies to Boot Hill Graveyard) and the poker table used by famous gamblers Bat Masterson, Diamond Jack Brady and George Randolph Hurst.

The original Bird Cage Theatre in Tombstone. Photo Courtesy of the Tombstone Chamber of Commerce.

The original Bird Cage Theatre in Tombstone. Photo Courtesy of the Tombstone Chamber of Commerce.

The Bird Cage Theatre operated for eight years. 1881-1892. This poker table is in the basement of the theatre. The longest-running poker game in history was played here. Doc Holliday, Bat Masterson, Diamond Jim Brady were some of the participants. Photo Courtesy of the Tombstone Chamber of Commerce.

The Bird Cage Theatre operated for eight years. 1881-1892. This poker table is in the basement of the theatre. The longest-running poker game in history was played here. Doc Holliday, Bat Masterson, Diamond Jim Brady were some of the participants. Photo Courtesy of the Tombstone Chamber of Commerce.

Top things to do in Tombstone The Black Mariah hearse was used to take the deceased to their grave site.

The Black Mariah hearse was used to take the deceased to their grave site. Photo Courtesy of the Tombstone Chamber of Commerce.

Facts about Tombstone, Arizona

Silver prospector Ed Schieffelin founded Tombstone in 1887
The mid-1880s saw Tombstone’s population grow to at least 15,000, including about 7,500 registered white male voters
The “Gunfight at the OK Corral” actually happened on a Fremont Street empty lot
Boot Hill Graveyard was used from 1879 to 1884
The famous Bird Cage Theatre opened in 1881 and ran 7 days a week, 24 hours a day as a brothel, saloon, theatre and gambling hall until closing in 1889
Tombstone rebuilt itself twice after two major fires in June 1881 and May 1882
Tombstone was designated a registered historic landmark in 1962

Getting to Tombstone

Tombstone is located about 1 hour and 20 minutes from Tucson. Drive 80 miles along Highway 10 east to Benson and then head south on Highway 80.

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