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ABOUT BIG JEEP TOURS

ABOUT YOUR NATIVE BISBEE TOUR GUIDE

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Hello and welcome. I'm Travis Bishop, the founder of Big Jeep Tours. While I may lead the tours, the real star of the show is Bisbee, Arizona—my cherished hometown. I was born and raised in this remarkable corner of the world, and it's a privilege to share its beauty and history with you. In addition to being your tour guide, I wear several other hats: I'm a high school track and field head coach, an M.B.A. graduate, and most importantly, a proud father and grandfather.

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After years away, coming back to Bisbee was like returning to an old friend. I quickly realized that my love for this town wasn't just nostalgia; it was a deep-rooted appreciation for a place that has so much to offer but is often overlooked. I felt a calling to share Bisbee's unique and historically significant charm with others. That's why I'm dedicated to not just showing you around but helping you understand why Bisbee holds an exceptional place in both Arizona and American history. During our tours, I find joy in sharing personal childhood memories, offering you a glimpse into the life and culture of Bisbee through the years.

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Bisbee, Arizona, often referred to as the "Queen of the Copper Camps," is more than just a city; it's a living testament to a bygone era and a modern-day haven for culture and natural beauty. I warmly invite you to join us on one of our signature tours to experience all the wonders this incredible city has to offer. And as a personal touch, don't forget to check out the photos, capturing a few of my own childhood moments in Bisbee.

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Thank you for considering BIG JEEP TOURS as your gateway to this awe-inspiring destination. We can't wait to share the adventure with you!

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FAQ's

  • Were you a standout grade school athlete?

Contrary to what you might think, my early years were a study in contrasts when it came to sports. In grade school, I was often the smallest kid in my class, which led to a lot of time on the basketball bench. However, I found my stride in other areas: I was a starting player in football and excelled in the high jump, clearing heights several inches above my own head. By the time I graduated from 8th grade, I was barely 5 feet tall, but what I lacked in height, I more than made up for in determination. 

  • Why did you come home to Bisbee, Arizona?

I returned to Bisbee, not just because the town had always held a special place in my heart, but also because of a newfound romance that felt like destiny. I met an incredible woman who, as fate would have it, grew up in Naco, Sonora—just a stone's throw away from my childhood home in Bisbee. Though our paths never crossed during those formative years, it's as if the universe conspired for our hearts to meet now, uniting two souls who were always meant to find each other.

  • What is your favorite part about touring?

I'm absolutely thrilled by the multifaceted joys that come with guiding tours in my beloved hometown of Bisbee. First and foremost, I relish the incredible connections I make with people from all walks of life. Thanks to my diverse career and extensive travels, I find it effortlessly rewarding to relate to individuals from various backgrounds and cultures. It's like weaving a beautiful tapestry of human experiences, and I'm the fortunate weaver.

But it doesn't stop there. Sharing tales of my idyllic childhood in Bisbee fills me with an indescribable sense of nostalgia and warmth. It's not just storytelling; it's a heartfelt journey back in time, a chance to relive those golden moments that shaped me. And the best part? I get to share that sentimental voyage with you.

And oh, how I adore showcasing the awe-inspiring beauty and rich history of Bisbee! It's not just a town; it's a treasure trove of historical significance and natural splendor, tucked away in the majestic Mule Mountains. When I see the astonishment on the faces of my guests—many of whom had no inkling of the profound history and mining heritage here—it feels like I've unveiled a well-kept secret, a hidden gem in the rugged landscape of Arizona.

So, you see, every tour is more than a job; it's a passion, a calling, and an unforgettable adventure that I'm honored to share with you.

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