Old West Mining Camp
Bisbee is located in the south of Cochise County, in the southeast corner of Arizona.
Population / Elevation
About 6000 feet
Weather / Climate
The weather in Bisbee is comfortable most of the year. On an annual basis, the average daily temperature ranges from a maximum of 79.8 F to a minimum of 48.0 F. Bisbee receives approximately 16.4 inches of precipitation each year with snowfall being a very infrequent occurrence.
|Bisbee, Arizona - Monthly Climate Normals|
This Old West mining camp proved to be one of the richest mineral sites in the world, producing nearly three million ounces of gold and more than eight billion pounds of copper, not to mention the silver, lead and zinc that came from these rich Mule Mountains. By the early 1900s, the Bisbee community was the largest city between St. Louis and San Francisco.
It had a population of 20,000 people and had become the most cultured city in the Southwest. Despite its culture, however, the rough edges of the mining camps could be found in notorious Brewery Gulch, with its saloons and shady ladies. In 1908 a fire ravaged most of Bisbee's commercial district along Main Street, leaving nothing but a pile of ashes.
Reconstruction began immediately and by 1910 most of the district had been rebuilt and remains completely intact today. Activities began to slow as the mines played out and the population began to shrink; mining operations on a large scale became unprofitable in 1975.
Bisbee has since evolved into an attractive artist colony and retirement community emphasizing monthly special events and tourism. Travelers from all over the world come to Bisbee to savor its unique charm ... an uncommon blend of creativity, friendliness, style, romance and adventure all wrapped in the splendor of the Old West.
Things To Do
To stop in Bisbee is to stop in time. Nestled in the mile-high Mule Mountains of southern Arizona, Bisbee has maintained an Old World charm seldom found anywhere in the United States.
The fine collection of well-preserved turn of the century Victorian structures are full of old west history and copper mining lore. Old miners' boarding houses have been refurbished into many charming small bed and breakfast establishments, of which no two are alike.
A popular activity is Bisbee's excellent self-guided fully illustrated walking tour (visit the Chamber of Commerce office to pick up your free copy). The tour details each historic structure and guides the visitor with a map. Included in the walking tour is world famous Brewery Gulch, which in its heyday boasted upwards of 47 saloons and was considered the "liveliest spot between El Paso and San Francisco."
You will also want to visit:
Copper Queen Library: One of Arizona's oldest libraries that began in a corner grocery store, it has become a prominent and accessible institution.
Queen Mine Tour: Tours leave from the Queen Mine Tour Building located immediately south of Old Bisbee's business district.
Bisbee Restoration Association: Free museum housed in the Fair Store building located on Bisbee's historic Main Street.
There are hotels and motels in Tombstone and Benson with something for every taste and price range. For more information and a complete list. Click on city for Rates, availability and reservations online
Camping & RV Parks
For more information, contact:
Bisbee Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center
31 Subway Street
Bisbee, Arizona 85603
P. O. Box BA, Bisbee, AZ 85603
phone: (520) 432-5421
toll-free: (866) 224-7233
Resources & Nearby Attractions
Cities & Towns
Tucson, Arizona: 90 miles north
Willcox, Arizona: 37 miles east.
Tombstone, Arizona: 27 miles north.
Benson, Arizona: 45 miles northwest.
Parks & Monuments
Kartchner Caverns State Park: 40 miles west.
Fort Bowie National Historic Site: 75 miles east.
Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park: 75 miles North.
The Bisbee Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center
SEARCH THIS SITE
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
The movie Stagecoach, in 1939 introduced two stars to the American public, John Wayne, and Monument Valley. Visiting Monument Valley gives you a spiritual and uplifting experience that few places on earth can duplicate. Take a look at this spectacular scenery in this DesertUSA video.
Glen Canyon Dam - Lake Powell Held behind the Bureau of Reclamation's Glen Canyon Dam, waters of the Colorado River and tributaries are backed up almost 186 miles, forming Lake Powell. The dam was completed in 1963. Take a look at this tremendous feat of engineering - the Glen Canyon Dam.
Canyon de Chelly National Monument
Canyon de Chelly NM offers the opportunity to learn about Southwestern Indian history from the earliest Anasazi to the Navajo Indians who live and farm here today. Its primary attractions are ruins of Indian villages built between 350 and 1300 AD at the base of sheer red cliffs and in canyon wall caves.
Laughlin - Lake Mohave - Colorado River
In the summer, Katherine's Landing at the southern end of Lake Mohave is a hub of activity. It has fuel, a general store, a restaurant and a snack bar. The Colorado River south of the dam offers many recreational opportunities. Take a look at this river destination!
Click here to see current desert temperatures!