It’s my favorite time of the month, travel Tuesday! My monthly series where I talk about some of my favorite places I’ve visited.
This month we’re heading over to Old Tucson, AZ. This is the place to visit if you or someone you know is a fan of westerns. They filmed majority of the old classics such as 3:10 to Yuma, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, Desperado 1 & 2, and our favorite Rio Bravo.
Located close to the western portion of the Saguaro National Forest, it was built in 1939 for the movie Arizona and opened to the public in 1960.
Upon entering, we were greeted by a woman very reminiscent of Annie Oakley. With a list of shows and a map in hand, the first place we stopped was the stagecoach for a ride. It was bumpy and rough, it made me realize how far we’ve come in transportation.
As we continued onward, we made it just in time to be witnesses to a robbery gone wrong. A dramatization with greed, betrayal, and a good old-fashioned gun fight.
After having a delicious BBQ lunch, we went panning for gold. We let our daughter try first, but after having no lick, daddy and I took over. We didn’t have much luck either, but we did manage to get a couple of tiny little nuggets.
We took a train ride around the entire property, and afterwards we attended to stunt show. This was one of my favorite parts, they demonstrate how they perform their stunts and put on a little show, comedy and gunfire included.
There’s an area for the kiddo’s as well, as if this entire place wasn’t made for the kids and kids at heart 😉 They have pony rides, a carousal, a haunted mine tour, and little buggy rides.
I had so much fun, and was so in the moment, that I didn’t get a chance to capture as many photos as I would’ve liked to. This was also before my blogging days so I didn’t find photos of such importance then. As our son gets older, we will be going back to relive the western days again.
‘Till next time partner.