Arts & Culture

The Old West

Not only did some of the Wild West's most famous events happen right here, but countless preserved towns, cities, and sites continue to tell the Old West story.

Goldfield Western Town black and white

Before statehood, the Arizona Territory was home to some of the most feared outlaws and respected lawmen who walked the streets—from Bisbee's Brewery Gulch to Prescott's Whiskey Row. During its heyday as a tough mining town, the New York Times called Tombstone's Birdcage Theater, "the wildest, roughest, wickedest honky-tonk between Basin Street and the Barbary Coast," while the New York Sun once labeled Jerome, another mining town, the "wickedest town in the West."

Wicked or not, these towns still have character and charm that’s a must for experiencing first-hand.

Across the state, the Old West lives on in Arizona. Wherever you go, you'll find an Old West that's still very much alive, with countless historic hotels, quaint shops, and more. You'll also discover plenty of attractions—including tours and reenactments—to keep the whole family engaged.

Start your trip in Southern Arizona, home to Tombstone, Bisbee, and Douglas.

Imagine the sound of spurs clicking as you walk the same streets where Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp once walked. You'll also want to make time for Wickenburg, in Central Arizona, as well as Jerome and Prescott—two towns connected by 30 miles of hair-raising bends and turns along Highway 89A—in the central area of Arizona known as the Verde Valley.

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American Gold Prospecting Adventures

We have a great team of gold prospecting guides to make your experience one to remember. We provide all the equipment and teach you...

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Arizona Heritage Center at Papago Park

The Arizona Heritage Center features exhibits spanning more than 100 years of central Arizona's history and introduces visitors to the life...

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Arizona History Museum, Tucson

Experience the stories and artifacts of Arizona personalities such as Geronimo and Wyatt Earp, as well as Emperor and Empress Maximilian...

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AZ Festival of Nations

The valley of the sun has become home to people of many nationalities, diverse cultures and backgrounds. This will be an event to learn,...

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Borderlandia

Borderlandia is a binational organization committed to building public understanding of the borderlands. We offer cross-cultural...

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Bumble Bee Ranch Adventures

Bumble Bee Ranch is a working guest ranch and horse motel available to the public for western adventure. We are ranked as a 5-star horse...

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Co-Media

CO-MEDIA employs the power of storytelling to fuel projects of many sizes. We're always looking to find that next inspiring tale to tell...

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Colorado River Museum

Through photographs, dioramas and displays, the museum encompasses the history of the Bullhead City area from steamboats on the Colorado...

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Crown King Saloon & Cafe

The historic Crown King Saloon & Cafe is the oldest continuously operated Saloon in the state of Arizona and has been open for 110...

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Desert Caballeros Western Museum

A dream come true for all ages, our exhibitions and free guidePORT audio tours tell the fascinating stories of the American West! At the...

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DIASPORA SHOWCASE AFRICA

Diaspora Showcase Africa – created by Kwevi Quaye, features the Fashion, Music, Dance, Food and Entertainment of Africa – debuted on...

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Fort Lowell Museum

The Fort Lowell Museum offers unique exhibits and hands-on activities for adults, families, and children...and it's pet-friendly too!...