Day Trip to Bisbee

Family, Life July 24, 2010

Last week, our family took a day trip to Bisbee.  Even though it is only a little more than an hour from our house, we had never before made the trek.  The drive itself was beautiful with scenic mountain views and rolling desert plains.  The town of Bisbee had first piqued my interest a couple years ago when I heard about a unique 5k race that is held there every October.   At the time, I was pregnant and not about to train for a 5k.  The Bisbee 1000 Stair Climb actually became my post-pregnancy goal last year as an incentive to get back in shape.  Unfortunately, I became injured during my training and was unable to participate last year.  I am hoping that with an increased focus on corrective exercise, I will be able to train and compete in this year’s race.  The race is actually a 5k plus 1000 steps, making it 4.2 miles in total.  The money raised for the stair climb goes to the organization “Save Our Stairs,” a non-profit group committed to preserving the historic stairs that serve as roads for many in Bisbee.

Here are a few shots of the stairs we found while walking around.
Most of the race stairs are much steeper and longer than these.
If you want a better idea of what the race actually entails, check out this video.
After strolling around town for a little while, we stopped at a coffee shop and took in the view.
The kids enjoyed some lemonade, and the adults sipped on iced coffee.

Refreshed, we checked out more of the town.  There were many interesting sights.

We even found a cowboy.

The most famous hotel in Bisbee is the Copper Queen Hotel.  It is said to be haunted and even has books at the front desk where guests can record tales of strange happenings during their stay.

We enjoyed a hearty lunch at Santiagos.

I especially enjoyed the fish taco.  And no, I didn’t finish all of this!

Overall, we enjoyed our time in Bisbee.  Beautiful sights, fun for the kids, delicious food, nice people, and antique shops big enough to get lost in.

We will definitely be back, hopefully for the Bisbee 1000 Stair Climb!

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  • Shauna July 24, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    Wow! It looks beautiful and it seems yall had a great time. I've always wanted to go and have heard great things about Bisbee, but have yet to make it down that way. Maybe I will make it down there this Fall. Thanks for sharing the pics of your trip!

  • Cathy and Dick July 24, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    Thanks for the great post! We live in Bisbee and love it – it's nice when visitors "get it" and appreciate it. Hope you come for the Stair Climb – good luck!

  • Megtff July 24, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    One of my FAVE things in Bisbee is…this homeless-looking man who I have sen wandering around almost everytime I have been there. With him is his dog. Riding on the dog's back is a cat. And riding on the cat's back is…A MOUSE. They are all real and walk around on each other's backs. They are so cute! I wish I knew where my pics are from last timeI saw them…I will look. He carries a tip cup,and we always give him something….that is a hard act to train! I also love exploring the lobby/hotel/restaurant at the Copper Queen (it is haunted you know!)and I like eating at the little cafe at the Shady Dell…though I have never stayed there…I swear one day I will…it is sooooo amazingly retro!

  • Tracie and Jessica July 24, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    We've never been either. Looks beautiful though! Was it any cooler than Tucson?!


    PS LIke the new look of the blog!

  • Alysa July 26, 2010 at 3:35 am

    Glad you all liked the post! It is definitely worth the trip.

    Megan, I am so sad we didn't see the man with the mouse who rides a cat who rides a dog! Maybe next time.

    Jess, it was a little cooler than Tucson. I think the altitude is over 5000 feet.

  • Becca @ Our Crazy Boys July 26, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    What a great post -Bisbee is a fun place, and there's always something fun to look at!

  • Stephanie July 27, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    Look how stylish you are! You pulled off wearing those white shorts perfectly!

  • Alysa July 28, 2010 at 3:51 am

    Thanks Stephanie, you are too funny! White shorts are a bit of a risk with kiddos, but I like them 🙂