Bisbee

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View of the Lavender Pit from the pullout on Hwy 80

Bisbee is a town in Southeast Arizona, and the county seat for Cochise County.

Understand[edit]

Bisbee is an old mining town, established in 1880 and named after Judge DeWitt Bisbee who was a financial backer of the Copper Queen Mine. After mining operations ceased in 1974 the town reinvented itself as an artist community, and it now attracts tourists not just for the vibrant cultural scene but also for its well-preserved architecture. Notable are its many Victorian-era houses built into the hillsides, some of which even today can only be accessed by foot.

Get in[edit]

From Sierra Vista, head south on Highway 92, or west on Highway 90. From Tombstone, head south on Highway 80.

Get around[edit]

Old Bisbee is very pedestrian-friendly; the easiest option is to simply find a convenient place to park, and walk from there.

Bisbee Bus, tel. 520-364-4474, offers public bus transportation Monday through Saturday between Old Bisbee and Naco, and points in between.

See[edit]

Doors of the Cochise County Courthouse
One of a number of Bisbee art cars
  •    Cochise County Courthouse100 Quality Hill Rd (turn off of Tombstone Canyon Rd). This elegant Art Deco building was designed by Roy Place, and features beautiful copper doors. Several pieces of art created under the New Deal during the Great Depression are housed in the building, including plaster bas-reliefs along the entryway, and a relief map of Cochise County made of hardware and plaster on the second floor landing.
  •    Copper Miner (Iron Man sculpture), intersection of Quality Hill Rd and Tombstone Canyon Rd. A New Deal Depression-era sculpture by R. Phillips Sanderson, cast in concrete and covered with a thin layer of copper and completed in 1935. Bisbee native Lee Petrovitch posed for the sculpture, which commemorates the copper miners of Bisbee.
  •    Copper Queen Mine478 Dart Rd, toll-free: +1-866-432-2071. 9AM; 10:30AM; 12PM; 2PM; 3:30PM. Visitors can take a guided tour of the old mine, which ceased operation in 1975. $13 (adults).
  •    Lavender PitHwy 80 (south of Old Bisbee). A former open pit copper mine, operational from 1950 to 1974. There is a viewing platform with parking places directly by the road. Free.

Do[edit]

Outdoors[edit]

  • Bisbee 1000 Stair Climb Race. A challenging 4.5 mile race involving nine sets of stairs connected by winding mountain roads. Held every October.
  •    4th of July Bisbee Coaster RaceOld Bisbee. 8:30AM. An annual event since 1914 and billed as the oldest and longest gravity race in the US. The race starts at the top of Tombstone Canyon Road and ends in front of the post office, 6 Main St. The best view is at the finish line, near the post office. Free.
  •    Hike up Youngblood and Chihuahua HillsOld Bisbee (trail begins at the end of OK Street (no parking)). This 1.5-hr round trip hike goes to the top of 'B' mountain, which is topped with a collection of shrines and has great views over Old Bisbee and the Lavender Pit.

Cultural activities[edit]

  • Bisbee Historic Home Tour +1 520-432-3554, toll-free: +1-866-224-7233. Held annually in November. Tickets can be purchased in at the Bisbee Visitor Center, Finder’s Keeper’s, and at Atalanta Books & Music. $15 (adults).
  • Bisbee After 5 Art Walk. Second Saturday of every month, 5PM-8PM. A good way to meet local artists, with music and refreshments. Free.

Buy[edit]

Main Street
  • Art and antiquesMain Street. A number of art galleries and antique shops can be found on Main Street in the historic district, offering a wide range of pieces to suit many tastes.
  •    Killer Bee Guy20 Main St (next to PanTerra),  +1 520-432-8016. Sells a range of honey products, including honey butters, honey mustards, and bee pollen.

Eat[edit]

  •    Cafe Cornucopia14 Main St +1 520-432-4820. 11AM-4PM Fr-Tu. Delicious food with homemade breads, soups and quiches. Very popular at lunch.
  •    Cafe Roka35 Main St +1 520-432-5153. W-Sa 5-9PM. Rated one of the best in town. Has a great ambiance, overlooking the main street.
  •    Jimmy's Hot Dog Co.938 Hwy 92 +1 520-432-5911. Chicago-style hotdogs, good baked potatoes.
  •    High Desert Market & Café203 Tombstone Canyon Rd (across from the Iron Man sculpture),  +1 520-432-6775. daily 7AM-7PM. Very popular café not only for meals but also for coffee and juices. Also sells gourmet groceries as well as locally-produced beers and wines.
  •    Mimosa Market215 Brewery Ave +1 520-432-3256. Carries a wide range of imported cheeses and wines, as well home-baked breads. Also has a great deli with salads and sandwiches.
  •    Rosa's Little Italy7 Bisbee Rd +1 520-432-1331. F-Sa 5PM-9PM, Su 5PM-8PM. A small and intimate gem of a restaurant. BYOB (unlicensed), reservations strongly recommended.

Groceries[edit]

  •    Bisbee Food Co-Op72 Erie St +1 520-432-4011. Sells organic health food.
  •    Safeway101 Naco Rd +1 520-432-3038. Daily 6AM-midnight. For self-catering this branch has a full-service deli, as well as a pharmacy.

Drink[edit]

Sleep[edit]

The historic Copper Queen Hotel
  •    Bisbee Grand Hotel61 Main St +1 520-432-5900, toll-free: +1-800-421-1909fax: +1 520-432-9113. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 11AM. Offers individual rooms with a decent breakfast (included in the room price) with a great saloon downstairs. Each room has an unique theme and decor. The hotel is said to be haunted. $79-115.
  •    Copper Queen Hotel11 Howell Ave +1 520-432-2216fax: +1 520-432-3819. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: noon. Offers more expensive accommodations. Used by the mining administration during Bisbee's heyday, the Copper Queen is probably the largest of the hotels in the Old Bisbee area with 52 rooms, nine of which are uniquely decorated.
  •    Gym Club Suites (Historic Bisbee YMCA), 39 Howell Ave (Two buildings up the hill from Copper Queen Hotel on the right side),  +1 520-234-5921, e-mail: . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. Located in the quiet part of historic Bisbee, just steps away from downtown Main Street. Public parking areas are conveniently available for the guests. Each unit at Gym Club Suites has a unique floor plan and furnishings. All have private bathrooms and fully-equipped kitchens including microwave ovens, toasters, coffeemakers, as well as hair dryers, irons and ironing boards. It also offers free cable TV and in-room wireless internet service. An on-site laundry facility and elevator are also available. It's a great place for a longer stay with weekly. $89-210/day; $525-1034/wk.
  •    Shady Dell1 Douglas Rd +1 520-432-3567. An RV park offering accommodation in ten vintage restored trailers. $89+/night.

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Routes through Bisbee
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