However, I will tell you right away the tickets cost: $10.00 with the gun show and $6.00 without the gun show.
This ticket also gives you access to the Historama and the Epitaph museum (their first news paper).
DEAR TOMBSTONE VISITOR,
Thank you for considering the O.K. Corral® in Tombstone, AZ as your destination. We know you and your family will enjoy experiencing the Old West as it really was. A map of the Corral is attached to this email.
The O.K. Corral Historic Complex includes the actual site where the famous Gunfight at the O.K. Corral involving Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday began. The Corral is open every day of the week from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. However, we are closed on Christmas Day and Thanksgiving. Guided tours are available. Free parking is available for O.K. Corral visitors in the nearby O.K. Corral Parking Lot behind the Corral on Fremont Street (Highway 80) between 3rd and 4th Streets.
You can see the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral® reenacted inside the O.K. Corral every day at noon, 2 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. The show lasts about 30 minutes. If you have any questions you can call the Corral at 520-457-3456. No weapons or pets are allowed in the O.K. Corral due to insurance requirements.
The O.K. Corral Historic Complex consists of nine displays:
(1) The actual site of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral with realistic life-sized figures located on the very ground where the famous gunfight began. Hear the story of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.
(2) The Streets of Tombstone reenactment theater where the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral is reenacted every day at 2 p.m.
(3) The O.K. Corral 1880s stables with a display of the buggies, saddles, and fire equipment used in the 1880s.
(4) Our working blacksmith “Grizz” who uses only 1880s techniques.
(5) The O.K. Corral Office Museum describing the history of the O.K. Corral and its operation. Describes local events such as the vigilante hanging of John Heath on a telegraph pole, and local medicine as practiced by Dr. Goodfellow, famous gunshot wound surgeon.
(6) C.S. Fly’s Photographic Studio where you can see some of Fly’s original equipment and photographs. Learn how Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday were photographed in the 1880s.
(7) Mollie Fly’s Boarding House next door to the site of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral where you can see Doc Holliday’s room. Nearly a hundred C.S. Fly photographs of 1880s Tombstone and the Apache Geronimo are on display.
(8) The Cowboy Bunkhouse with a hearse and embalming equipment and a buggy from the 1880s.
(9) The Prostitute’s Crib with the story of Tombstone’s Soiled Doves including the wives and girlfriends of the Earps and Doc Holliday.
The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral® is reenacted once or twice every day inside the O.K. Corral Historic Complex. The show lasts about 30 minutes. Tickets can only be purchased at the O.K. Corral in person on the day of the performance. Purchase your tickets at least 2-3 hours before the show since we often sell out. And tour the O.K. Corral’s 4 historic museums before the gunfight since our museum displays get very crowded after the show. After the gunfight you will be given an opportunity to take your picture standing next to the gunfighters. You can photograph the gunfight and the O.K. Corral grounds as long as the photos are for your personal use only. Everything is handicap accessible.
Warning! The O.K. Corral is the only location in Tombstone where the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral is reenacted every day. Street hawkers may try and confuse you by claiming other gunfight shows in town are similar to our historic reenactment. They aren’t.
When you arrive, first see Tombstone's Historama show (next to the O.K. Corral) to learn about the history of Tombstone in a 26-minute multimedia presentation narrated by famous actor Vincent Price. The Historama is shown every hour from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The Historama is next door to the O.K. Corral.
Visit The Tombstone Epitaph newspaper office to read the paper's original reports of the gunfight and learn how newspapers were printed in the 1880s. The museum is free and its hours are from 9:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. You can also buy a copy of the 1881 Tombstone Epitaph newspaper containing the original reports of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. For more information about this famous Old West newspaper, or to subscribe online, go to www.tombstoneepitaph.com. The Epitaph is 1½ blocks from the O.K. Corral, behind the Crystal Palace Saloon on 11 South 5th Street.
You can purchase a Tombstone Adventure Pass at the O.K. Corral office which will allow you to do all of the above at a reduced price of $10.00 (kids under 6 free, no other discounts) and receive a free copy of the 1881 Tombstone Epitaph containing the original reports of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. Without the reenactment admission is $6.00.
You can pay with cash, traveler check, Visa, Master Card, or Discover Card. An ATM is available.
You can also visit Tombstone’s other historic sites including Boothill Cemetery (donation requested) where the cowboys killed in the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral are buried. Other sites that charge admission include the Tombstone Courthouse State Park, the Rose Tree Museum (World’s Largest Rosebush), and the Bird Cage Theatre. All historic sites and stores are open seven days a week.
Tombstone is an exciting Old West small town with no stop lights. Everything is within a 3 block historic area and is easy to find. All the historic sites, except Boothill Cemetery, are within 5 minutes walking distance of one another and are handicap accessible.
Finally, you can tour the town on a stagecoach or trolley, buy genuine Indian jewelry at Arlene’s (show your O.K. Corral receipt to receive a 10% discount), eat a Buffalo Burger, drink a sarsaparilla, buy a custom saddle or holster or 1880s Colt .45, purchase 1880s clothing, go horseback riding, shop for antiques, see a rattlesnake exhibition, visit one of Tombstone’s underground silver mines, shoot a Colt .45 Peacemaker, have your photo taken in an 1880s costume, etc. There are a number of restaurants in town. It takes a minimum of 5-6 hours to see Tombstone. Nearby you can visit ghost towns or the world famous Kartchner Caverns. Have fun!
If you want to read about Tombstone before you visit, the best book about Tombstone, Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday, and the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral is titled “And Die in the West – The Story of the O.K. Corral Gunfight,” by Paula Mitchell Marks. Unbiased in its approach, it describes the years from Tombstone’s discovery in 1877 until Wyatt Earp’s death in 1929.
DIRECTIONS: From Tucson, AZ take I10 south to Benson, then take Highway 80 twenty-three miles to Tombstone. Tombstone is 65 miles from Tucson or about a 1 hour and 15 minute drive. Tombstone is about 180 miles from Phoenix- or about a 3 hour drive.
P.S. The guns fired during the O.K. Corral gunfight reenactment are quite loud which can upset young children. Moreover, it can be difficult to exit the crowded stands once the show has started. Please speak with our staff if you have any concerns. Earplugs are available. Pets are not allowed because of insurance regulations.
CALENDAR OF FREE EVENTS FOR 2014
January 30-February 27: Annual Quilt Show. Handmade quilts at the Tombstone Art Gallery. 520-457-2380
February 9: High Noon at the Tombstone Livery. Cowboy Action Shooting on foot and horseback, chuck wagon dinner. 520-457-3559
March 8-9: Tombstone Western Music Festival. Tom Hiatt and the Sundown Riders and many more. Friday morning children’s concert. Music on Allen Street. Nightly concerts at Schieffelin Hall. 520-457-2295 or email@example.com
March 15-16: Wild West Days. Sunday parade, USO canteen dance, salute to Armed Forces. 520-457-3511.
March 1-31: Open Art Show at the Tombstone Art Gallery. 520-457-2380
April 11-April 13: Rose Tree Festival. 125th blooming of the World’s Largest rose tree, parade, entertainment. 520-457-3326.
April 28-29: Shootout at the O.K. Corral. See the world’s fastest gunfighters compete for the Fast Draw championship at the O.K. Corral. Free. 520-457-3456
May 24-26: Wyatt Earp Days. Gunfights and reenactments, chili cook-off, parades. 520-457-3451.
June 9-10: Salute to the Buffalo Soldiers. Parades and reenactments. 520-266-5266.
June 17-19: 8th Annual Tombstone Rock and Gem Show. Vendors and shoppers welcome. Jewelry, gems, fossils, local mineral specimens. 520-457-9505.
July 4: Old-Fashioned Fourth of July. Fireworks, parades. 520-457-3106.
August 9-11: Vigilante Days. 10K run, chili cook-off, 1880s fashion show, concerts. 520-457-3291.
September 1-3: Rendezvous of Gunfighters. Gunfighter reenactments by groups from all over the U.S. compete in the O.K. Corral. Sunday street parade. 520-457-3548.
October 5-9: Corvettes and Ghost Riders. Rally, car show, and road tour.
October 13-17: Wyatt Earp’s Vendetta Ride. Five day historic ride follows Wyatt Earp’s trail. Everything included. 505-286-4585.
October 18-20: 84th Helldorado Days. Street reenactments, music, Sunday parade. 520-457-3291.
October 26: 131th Anniversary of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. See the Earp walk down, the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, the Cowboy funeral. 520-457-3456.
October 25-28: Bordertown. Cowboy Action Shooting AZ State Championship. 520-457-3559
November 2-4: Tombstone Western Movie Festival. Street concerts, famous musicians.
PLACES TO STAY:
Tombstone Motel 520-457-3478. In town. 1 block from downtown. $2.99 breakfast. Largest in-town motel. 69 rooms, 3 suites, 1 house. $55 up.
Holiday Inn Express Tombstone, 520-457-9507. Half mile outside town. Pool, etc. more upscale, Tombstone’s newest motel. $63-$109/night. 60 rooms.
Lookout Lodge Best Western 800-OK-CORRAL, 520-457-2223. Half mile outside of town. Pool, restaurant, etc., more upscale. $65-$90/night. 40 rooms.
Trail Riders Inn 800-574-0417. 3 blocks from downtown. Coffee and donuts. 3 blocks from downtown. $45. 14 rooms.
Adobe Lodge Motel 888-457-2241,520-457-2241. 1 block from downtown. Under renovation, check for room availability. 21 rooms.
Lucky Cuss Cottages 520-457-3142. Small 2 bedroom cottages w/kitchens.
The Tombstone Home 248-417-4177. Rent a 3 bedroom home.
Tombstone RV Park & Resort 800-348-3829. 7 minutes’ drive outside of town. Pool, store. Free shuttle to town. 83 spaces, 43 pull through.
Wells Fargo 800-269-8266, 520-457-3966. In town near O.K. Corral. 71 spaces, pull through, tents, internet.
Stampede 866-409-4778, 520-457-3738. In town. 44 spaces, 15 pull through, some cabins, cable TV, pets, showers and laundry.
Trail Riders 800-574-0417. A few blocks from downtown. 10 spaces and motel.
Tombstone Territories RV Park. 520-457-2584. 20 miles from Tombstone. 102 pull through sites, rural setting, heated pool, recreation room with ping pong and billiards, exercise equipment, etc.
Bed & Breakfasts (all are in town)
Curly Bills 520-457-3858. 4 rooms
Crazy Annie’s Bordello 520-457-3847. 4 rooms
Silver Nugget B&B 520-457-9223. 4 rooms
Virgil’s Corner B&B 520-458-1025 4 rooms $150 Virgilscorner.com Priscilla’s B&B 520-457-3844.
Tombstone Bordello Bed and Breakfast 520-457-2394. 8 rooms
Tombstone Boarding House 887-225-1319. 6 rooms
For further information contact:
The O.K. Corral
P.O. Box 1880
Tombstone, AZ 85638