Tombstone Events In October
October is a good month for Tombstone events that are fun for the whole family. After the summer heat is gone the town comes alive with things to do including the following:
- Corvettes & Ghost Riders – Tombstone –3 to 6
- Wyatt Earp’s Vendetta Ride – Tombstone – 13 to 18
- 83rd Annual Helldorado Days – Tombstone – 18 to 20
- Cowboy Action Shooting State Championship – Tombstone – 23 to 27
Corvettes & Ghost Riders is a corvette car rally that raises funds for Phoenix Children’s Hospital, The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders and some Tombstone Charities. The rally is a fun for car buffs and the main event on Saturday is a car show. There are other fun things to do during the 3 days of the rally.
Wyatt Earp’s Vendetta Ride is a 6 day event that is for the hardy horseman. This ride starts early in the morning and goes most of the day. We had a couple of wranglers from Texas that stayed with us and wanted to do this event for a long time. They finally did and told us that it was a rugged ride in the back areas of Cochise County. This ride follows the trail of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday as they hunted the cowboys that they believed were responsible for killing Morgan and wounding Virgil Earp.
Helldorado Days has been held since 1929 and is the main signature event in Tombstone. It is held on the weekend closest to the date of the anniversary of the towns founding. It also happens to be close to the date of the Shooting at the OK Corral. There is family fun for everyone and the streets are full of people dressed in the period clothing. Not all of them are the actors who do the street skits. Many are people who dress up and just like to become part of the Old West.
Cowboy Action Shooting State Championships are an SASS sponsored Tombstone event. This event is a timed event sponsored by the Single Action Shooting Society and has been going since 1999. The event draws up to 300 participants and currently all the slots for the event have been filled. It only took 8 days to fill the sign up sheet. This Championship is popular with Old West aficionados. There are different types of events with different types of guns. All the shooters must have aliases from real to fictional characters of the old west or movies and must dress appropriately to reflect the era. It should be a full 5 days of old fashion shooting. I would think that a person would have some great photographic opportunities during this event.
If you go to the Tombstone events then you need to have a place to stay. October tends to be busy in Southeastern Arizona since the birder watchers are here during migration, people attending all the Tombstone events, and with many other events in Bisbee, Benson and the wine country. What could be better than a B and B that is close to Tombstone but is not as rustic. Where you can sleep in king beds instead of full size. Where peace and quiet at night is followed the next morning by a hearty breakfast that will get you through the day. Check us out at Down By The River “The Lodging Hub of Cochise County.” Plan your visit before every lodging place is filled up.
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