Remembered historically as a wild west, gun-slinging town, Tombstone, Arizona, is most famous for the legendary shootout at the O.K. Corral and its former resident, lawman Wyatt Earp. Nicknamed "the town too tough to die," Tombstone offers visitors a variety of activities, attractions and tours, and with average year-round temperatures in the low- to mid-70s, tourists can take advantage of one or more of Tombstone's rugged and scenic camping options.
For old-fashioned tent-style camping, consider staying in Tombstone's Kartchner Caverns State Park (azstateparks.com), Ramsey Vista Campground (fs.usda.gov) or the Cochise Stronghold Campground (cochisestronghold.com). At Kartchner Caverns State Park, tourists will find not only a picturesque campground with 62 sites, but also view-filled hiking areas, tours of the park's limestone caves, shaded picnic spots and a hummingbird garden. Ramsey Vista Campground, surrounded by ponderosa pines in the Coronado National Forest, offers eight tent sites and views of the nearby Huachuca Mountains. The Cochise Stronghold, named after the Apache Indian chief, Cochise, sits at about 5,000 feet above sea level in Arizona's Dragoon Mountains. The campground features nine tent sites with picnic tables and outdoor grills.
RV Parks and Resorts
RV parks and resorts around Tombstone include the Wells Fargo RV Park (wellsfargorv.com), the Stampede RV Park (tombstone-stampede.com) and the Tombstone RV Park and Campground (tombstonervparkandcampground.com). All parks are pet-friendly and situated near Tombstone's historic district within walking distance of many of the town's attractions. Wells Fargo RV Park features 64 sites with full hook-ups, free Wi-Fi, cable TV, restrooms with hot showers and laundry facilities. Stampede RV Park has 50 camping spaces with 30- and 50-amp hook-ups, cable TV, restrooms, hot showers and an on-site breakfast-only deli. Tombstone RV Park and Campground sits at the base of Tombstone's Boot Hill and has 88 sites, with most shaded by trees. Amenities include fire rings, free Wi-Fi, propane services, barbecue pits and laundry services.
Tombstone also offers rustic cabin-style camping options at Katie's Cozy Cabins (cabinsintombstone.com), Stampede Bed and Breakfast (tombstone-stampede.com) and Tombstone Livery Stable (tombstonelivery.com). Katie's Cozy Cabins sits mere yards from some of Tombstone's most famous attractions, including the Bird Cage Theatre and the O.K. Corral. All cabins sleep up to four people, have a kitchenette, bathroom with shower, an upper loft with a double bed, a separate bedroom with bunk beds and a front porch with a relaxing wooden swing built for two. Stampede Bed and Breakfast has three private, two-person cabins with a full bath, mini-kitchen, microwave oven and breakfast nook. The Tombstone Livery Stable offers cabin-style guest quarters with showers, horse boarding, a riding arena, horse trails, shooting range and chuckwagon-style dining. Pets are not allowed in cabins.
Activities and Attractions
Tombstone's main attractions are right in the heart of town, including seeing an O.K. Corral gunfight re-enactment or visiting the Bird Cage Theatre, Big-Nose Kate's Saloon, Boothill Graveyard and one of the oldest existing newspapers in the west, the Epitaph Newspaper. If you prefer exploring on the outskirts of town, consider taking a horseback or Jeep tour to visit some of Tombstone's former mining camps and ghost towns such as Fairbank, which is about 20 minutes away. Other popular activities in the Tombstone area include hiking, birding, mountain biking, lake fishing and swimming, shopping and visiting museums and art galleries.