Chiricahua National Monument
   and the town of Bisbee, its Copper Queen mine tour, and nearby Tombstone

The former copper mining center of Bisbee is now a funky little town clambering up and down the hillsides that is filled with artists and young people. It serves as a good headquarters for visiting the southeast corner of Arizona.   We took a day trip up to Chiricahua National Monument, walking the paths among the unusual pillars of stone known as hoodoos.
Any visitor to Bisbee should go on the Copper Queen mine tour. A former miner leads each group hundreds of feet by tram into the mountain through very dark and narrow passageways.   They issue you a yellow slicker to keep you dry...and a head lamp and battery in case the lights go out.
On the way from Tucson to Bisbee, most tourists can't resist a stop at Tombstone. Yes, it's hokey (don't go to the re-creation of the shootout at the OK Corral).   But you get to amble down the walkways of the quintessential Western town you've seen in the movies...and there is some bona fide history in places like the Birdcage Theater, Tombstone Epitaph newspaper office and Boot Hill Cemetery.