There is no better place to get a glimpse of the True Old West that Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park. The old county courthouse is a museum filled with the glitter and guns of those who tamed the territory. Explore huge rooms inside the 12,000 square foot, two story Victorian structure and view intriguing exhibits about Tombstone's past glory days. You'll see tax licenses for operating a brothel, an invitation to a hanging, and many other interesting items. There is also a replica gallows in the courtyard of the Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park. Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park is just 2 blocks from the Stampede RV Park, on the corner of Toughnut and 3rd Streets.
Your Tombstone trip is not complete without a visit to the OK Corral, the original site of the gunfight between the Earps and Holliday and the McLaurys and Clantons. There is a reenactment inside the OK Corral everyday at 2 pm. Stand beside life-size replicas of the nine gunfighters; hear what caused the 30-second showdown; tour the C.S. Fly's Photo Gallery to see world-famous 1886 photos of the Apache Chief Geronimo and historic photos of 1880's Tombstone life. Visitors can also walk through the OK Corral as it appeared in the 1880's for a real trip back in time. The OK Corral is just a short walking distance from The Stampede RV Park making it an ideal way to spend the afternoon.
Millville, Charleston, and Fairbank, Arizona ghost towns are just a short drive from Tombstone. Millville and Charleson were instrumental in separating the silver ore from the rock during the mining days. Millville opened June 1, 1879, and churned out $1.3 million in silver by 1881. Ore was hauled 9 miles by mule train. Charleston had its own local color. While all that remains is the rubble of these towns, there is a 2.5 mile trail of petroglyphs located near the town sites. The town of Fairbank was an old west railroad town from 1882-1903, and was the depot for Tombstone. Not as wild as Charleston or Tombstone, it had its own interesting residents, as well as a train robbery in 1900. The train depot closed in 1966. and the closure of the post office in 1972 officially closed the town. Several historic buildings still stand, and Fairbank is now part of the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area. There are hiking trails to the San Pedro River, Fairbank Cemetery, the Southern Pacific depot, and the Grand Central Mill.
The Coronado National Forest covers 1,780,000 acres of southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico. Elevations range from 3,000 feet to 10,720 feet in twelve widely scattered mountain ranges or "sky islands" that rise dramatically from the desert floor, supporting plant communities as biologically diverse as those encountered on a trip from Mexico to Canada. Views are spectacular from these mountains, and visitors may experience all four seasons during a single day's journey, wandering through the desert among giant saguaro cactus and colorful wildflowers in the morning, enjoying lunch beside a mountain stream, and playing in the snow later in the afternoon. The sky islands of the Coronado National Forest are unique and surprising, offering year-round recreation opportunities, including biking, exploring caves, rock climbing, scenic drives, and skiing, just to name a few. The Coronado National Forest is within 15 minutes of Stampede RV Park.
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