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12 CITY TOUR

OLD BISBEE - OPEN PITS - LOWELL - SAGINAW - GALENA - BRIGGS - TINTOWN - DON LUIS - SAN JOSE - NACO - BISBEE JUNCTION - WARREN - BAKERVILLE

4 Hours | Mild
$120 pp + tax
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Explore the Enchanting Charm of Bisbee, Arizona's 12 Unique Suburbs

Embark on Big Jeep Tours' thrilling 12 City Tour, traversing 35 captivating miles around Bisbee, Arizona. Discover a tapestry of historical gems and architectural marvels across a dozen unique suburbs. From the charming streets of Old Bisbee to the nostalgic ambiance of Lowell, each stop offers a peek into the area’s vibrant past. Witness ancient mining pits, explore historic railway sites, and marvel at antique ruins. The journey not only highlights the region's rich heritage but also its fascinating evolution, promising an unforgettable adventure through time and culture.

Location Map & Itinerary

blue animated map of Bisbee Arizona

 Old Bisbee 

 Lavender Pit 

 Lowell 

 Warren 

 Saginaw 

 Bakerville 

 Galena 

 Briggs 

 Tintown 

 Don Luis 

 San Jose 

 Naco 

 Bisbee Junction 

Legend

Guest-Choice Pickup and Dropoff

Visit Old Bisbee

Visit Lavender Pit

Visit Lowell

Visit Warren

Visit Saginaw

Visit Galena

Visit Briggs

Visit Tintown

Visit Don Luis

Visit San Jose

Visit Naco

Visit Bisbee Junction

Visit Bakerville

What to expect Itinerary Stop At: Lavender Pit You'll first visit the Lavender Pit Lookout. Here, a mere five feet from a 900-foot-deep mine pit, the guide details mining methods and equipment. You’ll then move to another pit section showcasing remnants of leaching ponds. The guide explains how copper is extracted from ore through leaching, adding depth to your understanding of mining science. You will also delve into the socio-cultural aspects, discussing nearby closed mining communities and their historical context along with future mining prospects. This attraction offers an intricate view of mining operations, from large-scale setups to minute chemical processes, all set against the backdrop of stunning landscapes. Duration: 45 minutes Stop At: Lowell, AZ Begin your tour in Lowell, AZ by exploring Erie Street. With 1940s classic cars and vintage storefronts, this is an ideal spot for photography. Your guide will also share insights into the historical Junction Mine operations. Next, you'll move to the Shady Dell Hotel. As you drive through its parking lot, the guide will explain the historical importance and the cultural relevance of the hotel. The lot itself is filled with classic vehicles and antique artifacts. Your tour continues to Lowell School, with its copper roof and doors. The guide will share both historical information and personal stories related to the school. Another stop is at a leaching drainage ditch and its polluted waters. The guide will share stories of how this ditch was a hub for his childhood adventures. The last attraction is a drive through the Evergreen Cemetery, a nationally registered historic site. Here, the guide will educate you on the cemetery's historical background and its significance to Bisbee. Duration: 45 minutes Drive Through: Saginaw, AZ Travel the streets lined with the moved houses from the open pits. Some structures date back to the late 1800s. The houses were loaded onto flatbed trucks and moved starting in 1950. Another attraction in Saginaw is the huge Muck Rock mural on the side of an intermodal container in a residence yard. The failed Saginaw Mine headframe also peaks over a hill overlooking Saginaw. You may even see Gambel’s Quail or a daytime Javelina straggler between the homes. Duration: 5 minutes Drive Through: Galena As you trek towards the Mexico border, you’ll pass through the suburb of Galena AZ. Galena means “lead” and is made of houses built for the WW2 soldiers but there’s one street of moved homes from the open pits. The street is named after the community that was moved. You’ll pass your tour guide’s childhood home as well and learn about his childhood shenanigans in the 1970s and 1980s. Duration: 10 minutes Drive Through: Briggs Just over the hill along State Route 92 is Briggs. Named after a prominent Calumet & Arizona mine boss, Briggs provided housing for the miners working at the Briggs Mine, the Galena Mine, the Cold Mine, and the Dallas Mine. Your tour guide’s grandfather (Pop) retired as a mine boss in the Dallas Mine. Duration: 5 minutes Drive Through: Tintown Welcome to the Bisbee suburb with structures made entirely of tin at one time. The streets are all named after the families that developed Tintown and many of their great grandchildren went to Bisbee schools with your tour guide. The Bisbee Coalition for the Homeless is here with its popular greenhouse as well. Duration: 5 minutes Drive Through: Don Luis Following highway 92 along the railway built by James Douglas, you’ll see Don Luis, the suburb built by the Mexican railway builders. Luis Williams, the smelter boss for James Douglas supervised the rail construction and the builder couldn’t pronounce his name, so they called him ‘Don Luis’. While enjoying the historic homes, you’ll pass the Wensel Field (baseball and softball) where your tour guide played Peewee League baseball for Bledsoe Mauzy, a local car dealership in the 1970s. Duration: 5 minutes Drive Through: San Jose The Cochise County administration buildings are located on the western edge of town and present themselves as the main employer for the city. A trek through the houses built for soldiers leads to the stretch of road by the Brian A. Terry Border Patrol Station which is located across the street from where the Fort Apache Drive-In Theater was located. Duration: 10 minutes Stop At: Naco AZ Naco sits on our border with Mexico, and you first pass the Green Bush Draw that revealed wooly mammoth bones in the 1950s. You will travel past the historic golf course to the Fort Naco ruins. Fort Naco once had as many as 5500 Buffalo Soldiers protecting America’s border from the Mexican Revolutionary War. On the way to the border wall, you’ll see the buildings that were victims of the first aerial bomber in American history, Patrick Murphy. A huge Muck Rock mural of Patrick Murphy adorns the street-facing wall of the Gay 90s Bar, where Ronald and Nancy Reagan would stop annually on their way to a Naco, Sonora ranch. It’s at the Gay 90s parking lot where you will disembark the Big Jeep and walk to the border wall that sits next to the Naco Border Station. You can touch the wall, take photos, or watch the foot and vehicle traffic moving back and forth between the two countries. Duration: 30 minutes Drive Through: Bisbee Junction After leaving Naco, AZ, you’ll travel along Purdy Lane which follows the border wall and passes through Bisbee Junction. You’ll stop on the rail bed built by James Douglas and view the huge water tank that was next to the train depot that delivered passengers to and from Bisbee on the railway. After leaving Bisbee Junction, Purdy Lane turns into Arizona Street and we travel past Bisbee Airport, Dump #1 (the tailings from the Sacramento Pit), and the bed of the midget car racetrack that flourished before 1975. Duration: 10 minutes Stop At: Warren AZ From Arizona Street, you will venture into the backside of Warren, AZ. Warren is the first planned community in Arizona history and home of many attractions. One popular attraction is the oldest, multifunctional, operating ballpark in America – the Warren Ballpark. Adorned with green wooden walls and concrete/adobe grandstands, the Warren Ballpark. You’ll sit on the railbed above the Warren Ballpark where 1300 striking miners were loaded into cattle cars and deported to the New Mexico desert. The Big Jeep takes you through the bungalow style home – lined streets and visits the mine bosses’ mansions who were also responsible for deporting the miners. You’ll also see Greenway School and the very playground monkey-bars where a famous Bisbee child was struck by lightning in 1972. Duration: 30 minutes Drive Through: Bakerville Bakerville was known as the Serbian neighborhood in Bisbee and even has a Serbian Church with solid copper doors. You will travel above Bakerville to the Calumet & Arizona Hospital that overlooks Warren valley. The hospital is vacant now, but you’ll see why it’s called the haunted hospital when you drive up close to its gate and imagine the lost souls peering back at you from the multi-level windows. Duration: 5 minutes Stop At: Bisbee AZ Your tour then travels to Old Bisbee and turns to OK Street, immersing you in rich history and unique architecture. As you ascend, the guide elaborates on the street's historical significance, pausing at Joseph Muheim's house to discuss his contributions. Next, you explore Brewery Gulch, known for its blend of architecture and historical events, pausing at Muheim’s Bar for an in-depth look. You'll then move to the Lyric Theater and Central School parking lot, each offering different facets of local history and design. A stop at the Old High School provides insights into the area's educational past. The tour then ascends High Road, offering panoramic views and an extensive history lesson on Bisbee. Finally, you'll descend to Quality Hill for another layer of history and architecture before concluding on Main Street with three distinct stops that bring the area's evolving story full circle. Duration: 45 minutes

45 minutes

Explore Old Bisbee (historic district)

Explore Old Bisbee (historic district)

From your chosen Guest-Choice pickup location, the Old Bisbee Tour begins by exploring the historic district of Old Bisbee. Stunning architecture awaits you as you travel through narrow, winding streets on the hillsides. The folks who built Bisbee were complex, treacherous, and tough. Tales of their exploits enhance the journey, complemented by magnificent panoramic views from high elevations.

Photo stops

High Road Overlook

old houses on a hill with mountains in the background

Attractions along the way

30 minutes

Visit the Open Mines

Visit the Open Mines

The Old Bisbee Tour visits the open mines just south of historic Bisbee. You’ll marvel at the immense size and colors of the heavy mineralization. You will learn about the mining techniques that lasted 24 years along with what lurks underneath the massive pits. This is Bisbee Blue Turquoise territory and your guide will show you the visible giant boulders nearby.

Photo stops

Lavender Pit Overlook

open mine with terraced brown and orand walls along with a hill of gray rock

Attractions along the way

45 minutes

Explore Saginaw AZ

Explore Saginaw AZ

Enjoy the antique homes of Saginaw AZ. Each dwelling was moved from the open pit valley on flatbed trucks and lay next to Dump #7 (mine tailings full of minerals). The artwork from a world-famous mural painter will leave you mesmerized and utterly captivated by its intricate details and vibrant colors. 

Photo exits

Guest request

classic automobiles on a street with vintage storefronts

Attractions along the way

old blue house with white roof in a yard
Antique Houses
mural on a storage container with mine tailings in the background
Muckrock Mural
mine tailings next to a road
Dump #7

45 minutes

Explore Lowell AZ

Explore Lowell AZ

You'll journey through Lowell, Arizona, a secluded suburb near the exposed mines. Vintage cars and classic storefronts will spark your imagination as you wander down Erie Street. You will also see the effects of lightning strikes in our eerie cemetery and discover the story of a lightning casualty from 1973.

Photo exits

Guest request

classic automobiles on a street with vintage storefronts

Attractions along the way

45 minutes

Explore Warren AZ

Explore Warren AZ

Warren AZ, the first planned community in Arizona, is another destination on the 12 City Tour. Warren started in 1905 to lessen the congestion in Old Bisbee. See its remarkable bungalow homes, historic Warren Ballpark, and relish the diabolical tales that accompany the foothills suburb of Bisbee.

Photo exits

Guest request

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Attractions along the way

mural of a pig
Muckrock Murals
brick church with copper doors
St. Stephen Nemanja Church
white tin building with text that reads "Gasoline Alley"
Electric Trolley Station
black mine headframe and blue sky
Campbell Mine
green school behind trees
Greenway School

15 minutes

Visit Galena AZ

Visit Galena AZ

You will explore Galena, a suburb named after the mineral that means "lead." This area features strong, miner-style housing close to the deepest underground mine in the Bisbee area. Located at the base of numerous mine tailings, Galena is also the childhood home of your native Bisbee tour guide, who will share some interesting facts from his youth.

Photo exits

Guest request

top of a black mine headframe in yellow hills

Attractions along the way

small houses in a desert valley next to mine tailings
Miner's Housing
black mining headframe with yellow grassy hills in background
Campbell Mine

10 minutes

Visit Briggs AZ

Visit Briggs AZ

You will explore Galena, a suburb named after the mineral that means "lead." This area features strong, miner-style housing close to the deepest underground mine in the Bisbee area. Located at the base of numerous mine tailings, Galena is also the childhood home of your native Bisbee tour guide, who will share some interesting facts from his youth.

Photo exits

Guest request

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Attractions along the way

old yellow house with a brown fence
Antique Houses
old mine headframe on a yellow grassy hill
Cole Mine
South Bisbee Tunnels
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