We were more than happy to include Bisbee in our itinerary. As much as we love the beauty and serenity of nature, we also enjoy exploring interesting small towns. And of all of the places we’ve visited in our travels, Bisbee still reigns as the Queen of Quirky.
A Snapshot Of Scenic Bisbee
Tucked into a narrow gorge in the Mule Mountains, Bisbee overlooks an enormous pit mine. One would not imagine this to be scenic, and yet, it is. The streets are too narrow, many of the houses ramshackle, the steep stairways crumbling.
A Town Of Artistic Freedom
In any other town, the street art would be considered graffiti. Mosaics of broken pottery and toilet fixtures adorn retaining walls and homes, vehicles are encrusted with plastic figurines and baubles. In Bisbee, anything goes—and the result is a feeling of gleeful freedom that spills over to everyone who visits. Residents and visitors alike love Bisbee—or perhaps it’s simply that those who don’t, move along.
Adventures In Bisbee
We spent ten days in Bisbee in our favorite RV park perched on the edge of the mine, within easy walking distance to downtown Bisbee.
We walked the streets and hillsides every day, soaking in the creative spirit of the town. And we took every opportunity to immerse ourselves in the unique culture of this vibrant community—the music, the art, the food, and the people.
We hiked all of the stairs in Bisbee numerous times (the Bisbee 1000) and admired the street art.
And we hiked to the shrines on Chihuahua Hill overlooking the town.
We wandered the picturesque main street of nearby Lowell—a step back in time.
We went to the Saturday Farmer’s Market and stocked up on fresh local fare.
We visited the fine Bisbee Museum of Mining.
We lunched at The High Desert Cafe and Ana’s Seasonal Kitchen, an excellent new cafe. We celebrated with a special evening out at Cafe Roka. Much to our delight, our favorite Bisbee musicians, The Tin Can Tourists, were in town, and we enjoyed a couple of evenings of live music with them. We even attended Bingorama, an event to support the local art center.
We toasted the moonrise over the mountains from our cozy sites at the Queen Mine RV Park. As always, we had a blast in Bisbee, made even better by sharing it with good friends.
For more information about Bisbee, here’s our post from our visit last spring: Colorful Bisbee. Enjoy!