Outdoor Sports & Recreation
Nestled in Cochise County’s Mule Mountains at an elevation of 5,350 ft., visitors are attracted to the milder summer climate of Bisbee’s mile-high elevation. Snow is not an uncommon sight in winter, although it doesn’t stay long. “Its Always Cooler in Bisbee, AZ”, so outdoor activities abound with hiking trails, mountain biking, and parks and the event schedule is packed with outdoor festivals and unique events.
With 1,034 steps connecting the various levels of Old Bisbee’s steep canyon walls, many visitors set out to traverse the gardens, historic homes, and music venues in the district. Nicknamed “Little San Francisco,” the town has made a name for itself on the runner’s circuit with its annual Bisbee 1,000 Great Stair Climb, Ironman Ice Challenge, and Craft Beer Festival. Every October, hundreds line up to run, walk, and stroll the Heritage Stairs in costume or perfectly still on the sideline as an observer. The Climb received the Arizona Governor’s Award in 2012 for best rural event. Registration is limited to 1,500, so sign up early!
Baseball fans will want to visit Warren Ballpark, the longest continually operating baseball field in the country – open since 1910. Home of the Bisbee Black Sox and the Annual Copper City Classic Vintage Baseball Tournament, dedicated to two World War II veterans who played on the 1941 Bisbee Bees Minor League team before heading off to war.
san pedro national conservation area (nca)
Bisbee is located close to San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area and has many informal hiking and biking trails which begin on the outskirts of town. Families and nature enthusiasts are welcome to camp, hike, bike, and wildlife watch in the NCA. The area also features the intact remains of the Spanish Presidio Santa Cruz de Terrenate, a Spanish fortress marking the northern extension of New Spain into the New World, and the Murray Springs Clovis Site, a significant archaeological resource containing evidence of the earliest known people to inhabit North America.
turquoise valley golf course & rv park
Golfers will find Turquoise Valley golf course and RV Park, built by the WPA, only eight miles away. The oldest operating golf course in the state, the course offers an Arizona original: a par 6, 747-yard 15th hole, which is planned to become even longer. But don’t be intimidated by its length – the course pro, Dick Atkinson, provides players with the right attack strategy.