5 Reasons to Visit Globe-Miami

The Copper Corridor communities of Globe and Miami are anything but sleepy.

Anchoring the southern end of the Salt River Canyon scenic drive is Globe-Miami. As part of Arizona’s Copper Corridor, these former mining communities make for an easy road trip from Phoenix and offer a robust arts scene, vintage treasures, historic attractions and cool saloons. Here are five stellar reasons to visit Globe-Miami.

5 Reasons to Visit Globe-Miami
Mural in Globe-Miami by Douglas Miles. Credit: @gotoglobeaz

Urban Art Hikes on the Stairizona Trail

The new Stairizona Trail offers a unique network of in-town trails lined with bridges and staircases. On the trails, hikers can venture into historic neighborhoods while they follow public art — murals of poppies, cactus and Gila monsters, for example — and art installations. Rest stops include colorful park benches with views of Tonto National Forest. Trails vary in length from 1.4 miles to 6.4 miles.

5 Reasons to Visit Globe-Miami
Cobre Center for the Arts

Belly Dancing at Cobre Valley Center for Arts

The Cobre Valley Center for Arts is housed in a 1906 building where the Italian-style exterior sets the tone for sky-blue ceilings and high arches inside. This lively arts center is a place for people to gather for workshops and classes — like a chance to learn belly dancing — browse the works of artists who display and sell paintings, photographs, sculptures, crafts and jewelry, and catch The Copper Community Players, a local troupe that performs year-round.

5 Reasons to Visit Globe-Miami
1910 Gila County Jail

Paranormal Adventures at the 1910 Gila County Jail

The 1910 Gila County Jail saw its last prisoner in 1981, and today, visitors can tour the prison, walk into cells, even see wall etchings made by inmates. Simulated lockdowns are available upon request, but the real thrill is the chance to witness paranormal activity on the second Friday of each month. Apparitions may appear when you least expect it, and the guide will tell tales about the jail’s “regular” ghosts.

5 Reasons to Visit Globe-Miami
Drift Inn Saloon. Credit: @kevangogh

Cocktails at Drift Inn Saloon

Opened in 1902 when the Wild West was still wild, Drift Inn Saloon welcomed miners and cowboys. Modern-day visitors appreciate the stiff drinks, of course, but also the historical character of one of the oldest bars in the state. In the 1900s, the upstairs served as a brothel, and the infamous Room #18 became the site of two unsolved murders. The rumor is the saloon is still haunted, but that doesn’t stop folks from enjoying the bar’s specialty, a Bloody Mary.

5 Reasons to Visit Globe-Miami
Pickle Barrel Trading Post. Credit: picklebarreltradingpost.com

Thrifting at Pickle Barrel Trading Post

Scour the 8,000-square-foot Pickle Barrel Trading Post for a gorgeous piece of turquoise, retro wares, handmade jewelry and one-of-a-kind souvenirs. No matter what you’re looking for — or not looking for — this warehouse of vintage, artsy treasures is likely to have it. Outside this 1900s-era building, relax post-shopping on a lawn decked out with creative metal art and multi-level patios.


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Rudri Bhatt Patel

Rudri Bhatt Patel is a former attorney turned writer and editor. Prior to attending law school, she graduated with an MA in English with an emphasis in creative writing. She is the co-founder and co-editor of the literary journal, The Sunlight Press, and her work has appeared in The Washington Post, Business Insider, Civil Eats, Saveur, Dame Magazine, Brain, Child Magazine, ESPN, Phoenix New Times and elsewhere. Find her work at www.rudribhattpatel.com.

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