12 Things to Do and See in Bisbee

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Janessa Hilliard
Jackalope Ranch is hitting the road this summer -- and you're coming, too. Well, sort of. With Going Places, our writers recommend the best things to do and see during your travels.

A picturesque tiny town with a history as rich as the mine that made it famous, Bisbee has a storied past every bit as present as the array of artists and aging hippies who have turned this two-lane stretch into a tourist destination.

See also: Going Places: A Weekend in Jerome

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Doug Stanhope outside his Bisbee home.

Founded in 1880, the town, known for its gold, silver and copper mining, was named for a financial backer of the Copper Queen Mine, Judge DeWitt Bisbee. It was incorporated over a hundred years later and is now part of the larger Cochise County. The mine is no longer operational.

About 5,500 people call this small mining town home today, included nationally recognized comedian Doug Stanhope.

Drive Time

Hidden in the hills just north of the Mexico border, Bisbee is 207 miles from central Phoenix (82 miles southeast of Tucson) -- about a three-hour drive south courtesy of Interstate 10 East.

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Janessa Hilliard
The Lavendar Pit can be seen from the highway outside of Bisbee.

See and Do

After opening in 1877, Bisbee's most lucrative copper mine was closed by Phelps Dodge in the mid-1970s before being re-opened for tours in 1976. The Queen Mine tour ($12) takes the aspiring and interested below-ground for a look at what mining life was like in the 18th and 19th century, led by retired miners themselves. Tour-goers wear headlamps, helmets and yellow slickers for this adventure under the Mule Mountains.

Location Info

Map

Queen Mine Tour

476 North Dart Road, Bisbee, AZ

Category: General

The Shady Dell

1 Douglas Road, Bisbee, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Bisbee Mini Museum of the Bizarre

7 Howell Ave, Bisbee, AZ

Category: General

Finders Keepers

81 Main Street, Bisbee, AZ

Category: General

Copper City Inn

99 Main Street, Bisbee, AZ

Category: General

Bisbee Grand Hotel

Bisbee Grand Hotel, Bisbee, AZ

Category: General

Bisbee Antiques

3 Main Street, Bisbee, AZ

Category: General

Nostalgia

29 Main Street, Bisbee, AZ

Category: General

Whyld Ass Coffee Shop

54 Brewery Avenue, Bisbee, AZ

Category: General

Cafe Cornucopia

14 Main Street, Bisbee, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Old Bisbee Brewing Company

200 Review Alley, Bisbee, AZ

Category: General

Cafe Roka

35 Main Street, Bisbee, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Copper Queen Hotel

11 Howell Avenue, Bisbee, AZ

Category: General


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Jacob Tyler Dunn
Jacob Tyler Dunn

Love Bisbee! Walking around and relaxing =) also my favorite place Whyld ass Coffee Shop!! Keith Allen WHyld

Laura Ory
Laura Ory

Rosa's, Cafe Roca, Screaming Banshee pizza, Breakfast Club, Santiago's, The Table (formerly Bisbee Grille) St. Elmos bar are all great too! You almost can't go wrong with any spot in Bisbee.

Nancy Sinatra
Nancy Sinatra

Jame Rae we have to go! Wknd trip in a few months!

Bigs Hunter
Bigs Hunter

WHyld ASS Coffee shop is the only all organic real restaurant in bisbee. They create everything in the shop even homomade mustards,milks and full bakery! A must visit to see a new cuisine for plant based eaters or not. Holistic food at its new begin!

Jimmy Smith
Jimmy Smith

Get loaded with the freaks and weird-ohs.

Kurt Vitolo
Kurt Vitolo

Isn't that where Doug Stanhope lives?

Dallas S. Beddingfield
Dallas S. Beddingfield

When I was a kid Bisbee was the first place I was ever "enchanted" by. Christmas season in Bisbee especially. The Copper Queen always had a beautiful tree and the air was richly crisp with the past. I still love to visit when I can.

Leslie Easley
Leslie Easley

Dinner at Santiago's. Bisbee Ghost Tour after. Breakfast at Dot's Diner or Bisbee Breakfast Club.

Amy Funk
Amy Funk

Screeming banshi pizza. Thats about all...

Gwenda Houston
Gwenda Houston

Aaron Westmoreland, another place on the post it note.

Bob Green
Bob Green

Hmm, Never been,, But I Hear Jimmy's is good,,

draven101
draven101

psychedelics, shop and drink good whisky. 

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