Lodging in Tombstone, Arizona

by Cicely A. Richard

Tombstone, Arizona, is nicknamed “The World’s Most Famous Western Town” because of all the Old West buildings that date back to the late 1800s. This National Historic Landmark District has preserved hotels and saloons from its past, including the legendary OK Corral. Lodging in Tombstone maintains the Old West theme, featuring saloon-style wood construction and using Native American tapestries as wall decorations. Owners of some lodgings dress in western clothing to exemplify the Old West.

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Hotels

Holiday Inn Express Tombstone sits on the base of Comstock Hill, offering a panoramic view of historic Tombstone and the Dragoon Mountains. It is walking distance from area landmarks such as the Boothill Graveyard and the site of the gunfight at the OK Corral. The hotel offers standard amenities like a heated outdoor swimming pool, free full breakfast and a business center. Guest rooms have free Internet. Select rooms provide microwaves and refrigerators. Best Western Lookout Lodge, Tombstone’s only full-service hotel, features ceilings made of Douglas fir and artwork showcasing the Southwest. Hotel amenities include a free hot breakfast, pet crates, a seasonal outdoor pool and business services. All guest rooms provide views of the Dragoon Mountains and have cable television.

Bed and Breakfast/Ranch

Crazy Anne’s Bordello Bed & Breakfast is a block from Tombstone’s historic district. It takes its name from the working girls who once graced Tombstone in the 1880s, and resembles a saloon visited by cowboys and ranchers. On-site amenities include continental breakfast, a hot tub, a fish pond and cable television. Each room is named after historic working girls. The Faro Nell room has a queen-sized bed, full bathroom and refrigerator. The Benson Annie Room is the only handicapped-accessible room. Apache Spirit Ranch transports guests to an Old West town complete with a Native America village. The 272-acre property boasts wide-open spaces and original western buildings, including a jailhouse. The owners provide western entertainment, Native American storytellers, Southwestern cuisine and horseback riding. Guest rooms feature 17 western themes. Guests can even spend the night in a western jail.

Motels/Inns

Trail Rider’s Inn is two blocks from historic Allen Street, between the Dragoon and Huachuca mountains. The hotel resembles roadside motels constructed in the 1930s, one-level buildings with front porches, and guest rooms with quilted bed coverings. This economy property provides a free continental breakfast, a heated pool and an above-ground hot tub overlooking the mountains and plains. Guest rooms have cable television and free wireless Internet. The Tombstone Sagebrush Inn is a locally owned hotel built in 1947. The historic motel was visited by Maureen O’Hara and John Wayne when they filmed classic westerns in Tombstone. On-site amenities include a library, an outdoor pool, a garden and a barbecue area. All suites have knotted-pine walls and cabinets, Southwestern art, kitchens and two-person whirlpool tubs.

Reservations

With the exception of the Holiday Inn Express and Best Western, most lodging options in Tombstone still require that reservations be made by phone or mail. Tombstone’s official tourism website has links to area hotels and online contact sheets. Local establishments call potential guests for more information.

About the Author

Based in Tucson, Ariz., Cicely A. Richard has been writing since 1996. Her articles have been published in the “Arizona Daily Star” newspaper and “ForeWord Magazine.” Richard earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and journalism from Louisiana State University. .