Welcome to Bisbee, Arizona, Queen of the mining camps. With a rich history and storied past, Bisbee is one of the favorite spots to visit in southeastern Arizona. In addition to visiting sites related to mining history and the Old West, you can dine in fashion, visit quaint boutiques and shops, stroll in and through the hills surrounding this historic mining town, and even participate in the world-famous Bisbee 1000 Stair Climb. Bisbee is a one-of-a-kind small town in a gorgeous part of the state, and the county seat of Cochise County. You’ll find lots to do, and time to relax, so book an RV in Bisbee, AZ, today.
Sites and Scenery
Bisbee is fortunate enough to be located in a beautiful part of the state, with hidden gems and “undiscovered” natural sites that most folks who visit Arizona have never heard of. Hold your breath, because some of the finest hiking and outdoor recreation opportunities are within an easy drive of this quaint mining town, located in the Mule Mountains of southern Arizona.
In nearby Sierra Vista, Arizona, there are several hiking and birding areas. Make sure to visit Coronado National Memorial, where you can hike trails that will make you feel like you’re on top of the world, traversing the stunning Huachuca Mountains on breathtaking ridgeline trails, or exploring a hidden cave right off the main road that winds through this special place.
Adjacent to Coronado National Memorial is the vast Coronado National Forest. The starting point for the Arizona Trail, which stretches more than 850 miles to the northern border of the state, this part of Arizona is world renowned for its birding opportunities. Several varieties of birds are found nowhere else in the United States but in this part of Arizona, and specifically concentrating in the Huachuca Mountains. Ramsey Canyon Preserve, situated within the national forest, is a special place for hummingbirds, and the elusive elegant trogon. You’ll also find year-round streams and magical pools of water that belie the fact that you’re in the dry mountains of southern Arizona. Up Carr Road, you’ll find great camping spots for your Bisbee rental RV, but only suitable for smaller rigs, and road conditions can be tough, so check before you head up the mountain.
An outdoor adventure in this area is not complete without a stop at Chiricahua National Monument, an easy day trip in your Bisbee RV rental. The stunning landscape is almost otherworldly, as you gaze at strange rock formations that were formed as a result of wind and water erosion. The Heart of Rocks Loop trail is a special treat, as you will meet rock “characters” like “Punch and Judy”. There is a nice camping area for your Bisbee rental camper, and miles and miles of trails, along with a fine visitor center.
For a serene experience in the valley, make sure to visit the birding mecca of Whitewater Draw in nearby Elfrida/McNeal. Just a 30-minute drive north in your Bisbee motorhome rental, this famous spot is known for its sandhill crane migratory population in the winter, and wonderful, peaceful birding the rest of the year. There are camping spots for your Bisbee travel trailer rental, along with restrooms, all first come, first served.
Other hiking opportunities abound in nearby Lesley Canyon, just an hour’s drive east in your Bisbee rental motorhome, and there are also hiking opportunities in and around the Mule Mountains, particularly “The Divide” area, just west of town.
Bisbee is consistently rated one of the best small towns in the United States, and for good reason. This is a tourist area that hasn’t lost its real-life charm, and the quaint downtown shopping area can’t be beaten. You’ll find restaurants, cafes, museums, and mining scenes and sites, along with the famous stairs built into the hills of this hillside city.
Shopping is very popular, and you’ll find hat shops, gourmet food items, including handcrafted chocolates, beer, wine, and other tasting spots. Antiquing is easy and fun to do in this town, where you can stroll up and down the main street and visit dozens of nice shops.
If you’re a history buff, make sure to visit the Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum. Bisbee’s mines closed in the 1970s, and this museum, once the headquarters of the Copper Queen Consolidated Mining Company, preserves this history. Interesting and interactive displays highlight the storied history of this old mining camp, and many artifacts and exhibits bring it to life. One of the first rural affiliates of the Smithsonian Institution, the museum is at the center of town, and at the heart of its history.
You can literally descend into the history of Bisbee’s mining history at the Queen Mine Tour. Head underground and back in time, 1,500 feet into the mine, guided by retired miners, who will tell their personal stories. Experience what it was like to work underground, traveling in an old mining rail cart. Tours depart daily, and advanced reservations are recommended. Just off of Old Bisbee’s business district, this is also the home of the Bisbee Visitor Center, where staff and volunteers will point you in the right direction for whatever you want to see in the area.
Bisbee boasts a special piece of baseball history and is the home of the Warren Ballpark. You can visit this grand old stadium, and attend many events, including music and arts festivals. Built in 1909, five years before Wrigley Field in Chicago, famous players have played here including Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle.
You might have heard of the nearby town of Tombstone. Home of the famous Shootout at the O.K. Corral, this lively western town recreates that history and more. Stroll the same streets as Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, the Clanton Gang, and other Old West stalwarts. Check out the fun re-enactments, or visit the solemn Tombstone Courthouse State Park gallows. Don’t miss the Schieffelin Tomb and Boothill Graveyard. History is alive and well in Tombstone and just a 30-minute drive in your Bisbee rental camper.
Where to Park It
You’ll find plenty of places to park your RV rental near Bisbee, and there’s even a small park (for smaller rigs) right in the center of town. You’ll also find private RV parks just outside of town, in nearby Sierra Vista, the historic mining town of Douglas, and throughout this part of Arizona. State parks and national forest lands also offer camping, and Walmart stores are located in Sierra Vista and Douglas, both less than an hour’s drive from Bisbee.
You’re in luck in Bisbee as this little town is known for great eats. There are several fine dining restaurants with world-class chefs at the helm, right next to quaint cafes, and comfort food spots. There isn't much in the way of fast food here in Bisbee, but most folks like it that way. Instead, you can find American comfort food, Mexican, Asian, and BBQ spots. There are several places that offer vegetarian and vegan offerings. What’s more, you can also find coffee roasters right downtown, and take home some delicious, local wine, beer and honey made by killer bees. Bisbee’s year-round farmers market is every Saturday morning, near the Warren Ballpark.
You’ll love the magic and history of this gorgeous part of the state, so search for an RV rental in Bisbee, Arizona, today.