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A Swing through Tombstone, AZ
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A Swing through Tombstone, AZ 
A Swing through Tombstone, AZ
 
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Leaving West Turkey Creek in the Chiricahua Mountains, I decided to head over to Tombstone, rather than back to Tucson the usual way via Sunizona, Sunsites, Dragoon Road to Texas Canyon, and I-10. The dirt road ends by the intersection with paved SR 181 (where it curves north to go to Chiricahua National Monument). At this spot is a convenient road known as the Kuykendall Cutoff that heads south to connect with the Rucker Canyon Road. Here you can make a left turn to go back into the Chiricahua Mountains and Rucker Canyon or turn right and head back out to US 191 north of Elfrida (I turned right as my goal was to go to Tombstone). This connector road is convenient if you want to go between West Turkey Creek and Rucker Canyon and cut out the extra miles by not going all the way out to US 191. This is a well graded dirt road that is fine during dry conditions, but would be more of a hassle in stormy weather of course.

When I reached US 191 north of Elfrida I continued west on Courtland Road, which is paved for awhile before becoming dirt and interesecting the Ghost Town Trail Road near Courtland. South from here (left turn) and soon you reach the paved Gleeson Road. Turn right to go to Tombstone. (Note: once you reach US 191 you can also drive south to Gleeson Road near Elfrida and stay on pavement the whole way). Whichever way you go, Gleeson Road is quite scenic as it winds through lots of mining country in the southern Dragoon Mountains, before the gradual descent to Walnut Gulch by Tombstone. :D

I wanted to stop at Tombstone Brewing Company, since I hadn't been yet, and wasn't disappointed. While there, I noticed another deer in a yard across the street, and the bar people said they were common in town, and treated as pets. (They like the spent grains too) :lol:
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