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Small Group Tombstone & San Xavier Mission Day Trip from Phoenix

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Small Group Tombstone & San Xavier Mission Day Trip from Phoenix

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On this all day trip from Phoenix to Tombstone, travel back to the days of the Wild West to 'The Town Too Tough To Die,' where you’ll visit the famous OK Corral and Big Nose Kate’s Saloon. Hear tales and legends of American outlaws in this legendary frontier outpost, where money, fame and lust were always at odds with the law. You’ll also visit San Xavier de Bac Mission while enjoying the drive back to Phoenix, for a full day of exploring two of Arizona’s most popular sights. Choose between a small-group or private option.
  • Day trip to Tombstone Arizona and San Xavier Mission from Phoenix
  • See OK Corral where the most famous gunfight in the history of the Old West took place
  • Visit the Mission at San Xavier del Bac
  • Includes a friendly and courteous expert guide
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Hotel pickup and drop-off at select Phoenix area hotels
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1/1/2022 - 8/22/2023
Tuesday:06:00 AM - 07:00 AM
Saturday:06:00 AM - 07:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.Please note: We do not guarantee pickup for all hotels. Even if your hotel is on the list, there may be a chance you'll need to meet at an alternate location. If need be, the supplier will determine a location you can meet to be picked up for your excursion. Tour supplier contact details will be provided on your pre-paid voucher.
This historic day trip from Phoenix to Tombstone is like traveling back in time from a busy, modern urban metropolis to the days of the old Wild West. Here in The Town Too Tough To Die, hear the tales of debauchery and crime from this legendary frontier mining camp, where wooden buildings and dusty streets make it feel like it’s still 1880. 

While wandering the streets full of damsels and outlaws, stroll past Big Nose Kate’s Saloon that was once the Grand Hotel, which was built in 1881 and owned by a woman who was rumored to be the girlfriend of the feared gunfighter Doc Holliday. Make a stop by the OK Corral and hear about the infamous shootout, which some have called the world’s most famous 30-second gunfight. 

You’ll also see the Birdcage Theater, a strange combination of a theater, gambling parlor, saloon and brothel — the type of building that typified life in the old Wild West. At the Tombstone Historical Courthouse, see inside the home of Wyatt Earp and his gunfighting friend Doc Holliday, and travel up to Boot Hill Cemetery where famous frontiersmen are buried.

On the winding drive back north to Phoenix, stop outside Tucson for one of Arizona’s most popular Mission attractions: The White Dove of the Desert, Spanish-style Mission at San Xavier del Bac. The Catholic Mission was often referred to as 'the place where the water appears,' since the subterranean Santa Cruz River flows up to the surface nearby. After touring the historic Mission grounds, relax in comfort in the luxurious van as you enjoy the drive back to Phoenix with the earthy colors of the Sonoran desert racing just past your door.
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Mission San Xavier del Bac
Our first stop as we head into the wild west is the White Dove of The Desert; one of the Southwest’s best preserved missions at San Xavier del Bac. Founded in 1692, the San Xavier Mission is still in operation and allows guests to marvel at the ornate craftsmanship showcasing both Spanish and Native influences. Original frescoes and statuary are still on display within the mission for guests to admire as well.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
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We’ll head further south into the “Town too Tough to Die”. Tombstone was home to the true men and women of the West. Outlaws, businessmen, miners, and cattlemen flocked to the area in the late 1870s for their chance to strike it rich. The most famous lawman of Tombstone and the entire West was Wyatt Earp! Wyatt and his brothers originally came to Tombstone as entrepreneurs; however, with the increasing unrest, they needed to protect their investment in the mining industry and became lawmen. During the tour, guests will be able to stand on the very ground Wyatt Earp stood during the shootout at the OK Corral! While in Tombstone, you’ll have a chance to visit both sides of this “colorful” town. The original gathering spots for outlaws and gunmen who strolled into town were Big Nose Kate’s Saloon and the Bird Cage Theatre. The Bird Cage Theatre, which had the reputation as “the wickedest nightspot between Basin Street and the Barbary Coast,” was a saloon, gambling parlor, and theatre show that provided entertainment 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for 8 years to anyone brave enough to enter. For those men and women who were “overly brave” and fell afoul of the law, they had to make a visit to the Tombstone Courthouse. Included in your tour will be the entrance to the museum at the Tombstone Courthouse, which pays homage to the brave souls who did their best to keep the peace in this rough and tumble town. True to the reputation of the Wild West, gunfights and stand-offs were a weekly occurrence.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
O.K. Corral
he Gunfight at the O.K. Corral was a 30-second shootout between lawmen and members of a loosely organized group of outlaws called the Cowboys that took place at about 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 26, 1881
Duration: 30 minutes
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Big Nose Kate's Saloon
Historic destination for Southern & Mexican fare, live country music & Wild West reenactments.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
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Boothilll Graveyard
For those souls unfortunate enough to be on the losing end of those gun battles, they were buried at the infamous Boot Hill Cemetery. The cemetery aptly got its name from those who died with their boots on and were buried as such.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Minimum of four (4) passengers is required in order for the tour to operate. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Arizona state law requires children under 8 years to have either a child seat or booster. Child seats are not provided, please bring your own
  • Minimum age is 2 years
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Foldable wheelchairs are acceptable
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 13 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Detours of Arizona
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Small Group Tombstone & San Xavier Mission Day Trip from Phoenix?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Small Group Tombstone & San Xavier Mission Day Trip from Phoenix?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Small Group Tombstone & San Xavier Mission Day Trip from Phoenix?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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Fun day in Tombstone
, Jun 2022
The entire trip was great. Although the drive time was long, it was filled with lots of information from our guide. The time in Tombstone was good and we learned more about the history of the town. This trip and tour provider are highly recommended
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks for joining us! While the distances may be long, the destination and journey we take make them worth it every single time. We hope to see you again soon, we've got plenty more Southwest to show you! Best, Nathan DETOURS
Tombstone tour
, Feb 2020
Our tour guide was nice. But didn't explain a lot of either the misssion or Tombstone. He spoke about his experiences which while interesting were not what I booked the tour for. I also felt the trip was a bit rushed as we had to wait 25min for food which meant we missed a show. I felt it was a long journey with little highlights
Great day
, Nov 2019
Great tour guide with interesting information about the different locations along the trip. He was a little herky-jerky on the accelerator throughout the trip, though.
Rosemarie G
, Oct 2019
Montana was a great guide. He made sure everyone was well taken care of. He gave a lot of detailed information about the are. And, got a live the one-liners!! Thank you for a lovely day.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great Trip
, Sep 2019
My wife and I really enjoyed the entire trip. Plenty of time to see the mission, boot hill and especially Tombstone. Thanks to our tour guide Montana, we were always updated with historical details and information about each Tombstone character. The gun fight reenactment was excellent.
Andrew M
, Sep 2019
The San Xavier mission did nothing for me, Tombstone was a tourist trap but less so than I feared, the journey to and from Tomb stone is long so if you can find a more convenient base for the trip that would improve things
1 traveler found this review helpful
Dan, our tour guide, was on his game! He was kind, knowledgeable, and flexible. The timing of the tour was off.
, Jul 2019
Once we finally arrive at Tombstone it’s was 12:30 pm; I was hungry. Took a while to get and pay for lunch, leaving only 45 min to see Tombstone.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Long Day from Scottsdale
, Oct 2018
With a 6am pickup in Scottsdale and a 4 hour drive to Tombstone and the Mission plus an hour in ocmmute traffic on the return extra - back at 8pm - I would not advise if you want to sit in a small 13 pasenger bus for that long. The driver talked non stop about Wyatt Earp - 4 hours without a break, 3 hours too long in Tombstone - lunch, Courthouse and Boot Hill out in the freezing cold was more than I could handle. I did not feel that is was good value for $150 without lunch.
Exciting trip with a very good...
, Mar 2018
Exciting trip with a very good guide. The van rode nicely and for a while had AC issues. Informative and fun tour.
The trip gave you an idea of how...
, Mar 2018
The trip gave you an idea of how rough it was to live, if someone didnt shoot or hang you first, in those days. The gunfight was entertaining and the printing press was very interesting. The coach was not very comfortable, lacked legroom hence the score.
Our guide Mark was fun and it was a...
Michaelanne G
, Oct 2017
Our guide Mark was fun and it was a good day trip. There was a lot to do in Tombstone and the OK Corral reenactment was a hoot!
This was a great trip!!! My husband...
, Oct 2017
This was a great trip!!! My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves... The guide, Montana was amazing - his stories and historical knowledge of the area added so much value to this experience. We highly recommend it!!!
We were already looking forward to...
, Oct 2017
We were already looking forward to seeing Tombstone, but having Montana as our tour guide just made it that much better! We thoroughly enjoyed this tour. The re-enactment of the OK-Corral shoot out was fun and we like how the characters included us. We hope that if you go on this tour, you have Montana as your guide. He made the entire ride informative, entertaining and enjoyable! Thank you Montana!! A little about the tour...we were on a tour shuttle bus down with very easy to listen to commentary from Montana. While in Tombstone, we ate lunch at the Crystal Palace. The open faced roast beef sandwich was delicious! While there, it's a must to see the re-enactment. I do wish we had just a little more time there, but the ride is pretty long from Scottsdale/Phoenix, so I get it. The ride back was fun because we got to watch some of the Tombstone movie and got some rest as well. We really had a great time!
This review is for the tour company...
, Jun 2017
This review is for the tour company to read. Our tour guide, Montana, did a fantastic job. He was very informative on the Tombstone history. He made sure to answer all questions and to keep all 6 of us hydrated due to the hot weather. This was the highlight having him as our guide and making us feel like family. Now why did I give it only two stars? 1. The van ran out of gas midway to our destination. Luckily Montana was able to get off of the expressway and we were stopped on the ramp. It was 110F sitting in the Ford Transit Connect Van in the sun. By luck there was a gas station three blocks away and Montatnaran to get enough gas to allow him to get the van refuled. The guage on the van showed 60 miles left before it needed to be refuled. Well ....... that was false which was no fault of Montana. We proceeded to our destination. 2. It was agreed that 3 1/2 hours in Tombstone with 117F was too long. 3. Unfortunatley the air conditioning in this van was useless. It was 117F outside and the van temperature with 84.5F I took a reading with the air on! All six passengers with extremelly uncomfortable and wet from sweating. I understand that it was hot outside, but to allow this to happen is shameful. Montana did whatever he could but faulty equipment got the best of this tour. Montana you did a fantastic job, thank you! Detours, may I suggest that you look into this before potential clients detour to a different vendor!
This was a very interesting, fun...
Sheila M
, Feb 2017
This was a very interesting, fun, and full tour. Montana kept everyone well entertained with his stories and insights about the places we visited and their history.
Montana was throughly engaging and...
, Dec 2016
Montana was throughly engaging and very informative. This trip is highly recommended. So glad we went.
The trip was educational and...
Dovid O
, Dec 2016
The trip was educational and fulfilling. The guide, Montana, was knowledgeable and entertaining. He was also very accommodating and helpful in every way. The tour brought history to life and was well worth the expenditure. The only suggestion I would make for anyone wanting to take the tour is to take it when the temperature is more like we think of Arizona. It was a bit on the chilly side.
Good trip. Early rise but well worth...
, Nov 2016
Good trip. Early rise but well worth it. Driver/Guide chatted all the way about Wyat Earp and Doc Holiday and all their pals. San Xavier Mission was a nice break in the journey
Really enjoyed this tour to...
, Oct 2016
Really enjoyed this tour to Tombstone and Boothill. Must say that Montana,our tour guide was excellent. He had amazing knowledge of the town and of the Earp family.
Loved it!! It was a great trip. Our...
Patty H
, Jul 2016
Loved it!! It was a great trip. Our guide, Montana, was also great. You can definitely sense his passion about the story of Tombstone. It was very cool seeing cowboys, even though I knew they were actors, milling about the town and into the restaurant where we were eating. It gave you a small sense of what it may have been like back in the day. I did feel a little rushed, which is the only reason I didn't give it 5 stars. There were several other things I would like to have done while we were there. But overall great trip, should definitely be done if you have any interest in the wild west. Also, showing the movie Tombstone on the way back is a nice finishing touch.

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