Discovering pet friendly Tombstone, Arizona happened by accident. When you’re traveling with someone else, you end up doing things you might otherwise skip. When we traveled with my parents a few years ago, they wanted to stop in Tombstone – and I’m so glad we did!
We had such a great time on that first visit that we decided to stop in again on our most recent trip to Arizona. Our mid-week stroll through the town was quiet. A little too quiet, actually. Several of the stores were closed, and there were only a handful of visitors on the street.
It’s obvious that decreased tourist traffic due to the pandemic is hurting this little town. We hope things are hopping again soon in pet friendly Tombstone, Arizona!
Pet Friendly Fun In Tombstone, Arizona
Tombstone is devoted to it’s wild west past, and everywhere you turn there’s someone hoping you’ll spend a few bucks to be immersed in the experience. Normally, I find these kinds of places a little irritating. But Tombstone is different … because most places are happy to welcome dogs, too!
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Here’s what we uncovered:
Your pet is welcome to enjoy a show at the Bird Cage Theatre.
You and your pup can take a stage coach tour together.
Dogs are welcome to join you in exploring the old mines under Tombstone.
The trolley tours are pet friendly, as well.
When you’re ready for some grub, Brenda’s Chuckwagon in Old Tombstone Western Town has pet friendly outdoor seating.
You can also get a bite at the O K Café, at the corner of S 3rd and E Allen Streets.
On this visit, the ice cream shop at T. Miller’s Tombstone Mercantile was closed. But we’re hoping they still serve the doggy ice cream cones!
It was one of Ty’s favorite things about Tombstone!
What’s Not Pet Friendly in Tombstone?
We want you to stay on the right side of the law during your visit. So, be sure to make note of the places where pets aren’t allowed!
Oddly enough, pets are not allowed in the city park. They also can’t go inside the historic courthouse.
Pets can’t go to Big Nose Kate’s Saloon – even on the patio.
And the shoot-out reenactment at the O.K. Corral isn’t pet friendly, because the gun fire could scare the dogs. In fact, if your pets are sensitive to loud noises, it’s best to avoid that area during the performances.
As long as you’re not a gun slinger stirring up trouble, the lawmen here are actually quite friendly!
A Pet Friendly Perspective
All of the business owners we spoke with were very aware that more and more people are traveling with their pets. And Tombstone’s making every effort to be accommodating.
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It’s a win-win situation: pet travelers get to create memories with their furry family members, and more tourists dollars are spent in Tombstone because of their pet friendly policies. I wish more places were so forward thinking!