Who hasn’t heard about the gunfight at the O.K. corral?  When one thinks about life in the Wild West, Tombstone comes to mind.

We were staying in Tucson with friends when someone suggested driving down to check out Tombstone.

Downtown Tombstone looked like what one would expect to see if you stepped back in time to the old west.  A dirt main street lined with historic buildings and wood plank sidewalks.  Almost all of the buildings along main street had a story to tell.

Of course, we had to witness the shootout at the O.K. Corral.  We visited a daily reenactment of the gunfight between the Earps and Doc Holiday with the McLaurys and Clantons.

We learned what caused the 30-second showdown that left three cowboys dead and Virgil & Morgan Earp wounded.


After the shootout, we stopped to see the Tombstone Historama.  The Historoma talked about dramatic events that made Tombstone famous – the silver boom, the great fire, the O.K. Corral gunfight and the assignation of Morgan Earp.

O.K. Corral Historic Complex hours:  Open 9 – 5 daily

Gunfight reenactment: 11 AM, Noon, 2 PM and 3 PM

Tombstone Historama hours:  10 – 4 daily
Show runs every hour on the hour

Adults:  $10/person
Children (5 & younger):  Free
Ticket includes O.K. Corral reenactment and the Tombstone Historama.


After seeing the shows and walking around Tombstone, we stopped for lunch at The Longhorn Restaurant.  The BLT & fries were very good.

Before we left town, we stopped by Boot Hill Cemetery.  This small cemetery was was founded in 1878 and has about 250 interments.  After 1883 only outlaws and a few others were buried here.

Tom & Frank McLaury and Billy Clanton, killed in the O.K. Corral shootout on October 26, 1881 are buried in this cemetery.

Boot Hill hours: Open daily  8 – 6

Children (15 & younger): Free


Our visit to Tombstone was fun and everyone should stop by if they have the chance.  We definitely recommend the O.K. Corral shootout reenactment & Tombstone Historama, Boot Hill Cemetery and The Longhorn Restaurant.  You won’t regret stepping back in time.