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Phoenix — By Heather Wright Schlichting on October 10, 2009 at 2:02 pm

Helldorado Days in Tombstone

The town of Tombstone, just an hour south of Tucson dubbed The “Town Too Tough to Die” gives visitors a glimpse of what life was like during the heyday of one of the most raucous towns in the Wild West.


A unique place for a family day trip, you can feel the history as you walk through the dusty streets of Tombstone where Western legends, Doc Holliday, Wyatt Earp and others walked over 125 years ago.  Chock-full of authentic sights and entertainment including reenactments of the O.K. Corral gunfight, stagecoach and wagon rides and the Shady Ladies of the town’s many saloons, there’s something for everyone in Tombstone!

During a three day event, October 16-18, Helldorado Days is their oldest celebration that started in 1929.  Helldorado Days features events that include re-enactors of men and women dressed in authentic clothing of the late 19th century and roam Tombstone’s historic district, giving brief performances.  A parade on Saturday starts at 11a.m. with a carnival, live music, food, and a beard contest rounding out the activities.  Admission is FREE.

Every weekend in this historic town has something to offer.  It’s worth the trip!

Helldorado Days
Tombstone, Arizona
October 16 – 18
Most events on Allen Street, between Fourth and Fifth streets

Tombstone is about 180 miles from central Phoenix.  Take Interstate 10 east through Tucson to Benson, then Arizona 80 (Exit 303) south.

Photo Credit: Wikimedia  JGHowes


  • Jay says:

    My wife and I have been to Tombstone and greatly enjoyed the visit and SE Arizona in general!
    Look forward to returning some day to see the sights!
    Thanks for the article.

  • heather says:


    Thanks for your comment. Tombstone is a great day trip and is on the way to Bisbee. Hopefully, you can return soon to see new sights along the way.


    Planet Eye – Phoenix

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