A visit to the the scenic city of Globe, Arizona offers some of the world’s most spectacular mountain views. Located in the heart of Gila County, the area was a mining camp at one point in time, and it's full of history. Visitors can hear stories first-hand about the Besh-Ba-Gowah Archaeological Park, and drive along the truly unforgettable and scenic Salt River Canyon Drive.

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Salt River Canyon Scenic Drive

The Salt River Canyon Scenic Drive takes travelers through hills covered with juniper before arriving at the Salt River Canyon, formed over thousands of year by a river cutting through to the lands geologic core. The canyon is one of the state of Arizona’s most beautiful sights to see. Visitors traveling along the scenic drive to this twisting and steep expanse will pass through Globe, Miami, and Claypool, three of the area’s mining towns. There are several other things to see along the drive as well, such as the Besh-Ba-Gowah Archaeological Park, Seneca Lake, and the Salt River Canyon Viewpoint.

Besh Ba Gowah

The Besh-Ba-Gowah Archaeological Park features a pueblo built over seven hundred years ago by the Salado Culture. Visitors have the chance to walk through the historic structure, climbing ladders to explore the rooms on the second story and viewing the furnishings that would typically be found in the pueblo during the era. Many different artifacts from this advanced culture can be seen on display as well in the Besh-Ba-Gowah Museum. The archaeological site in Globe has one of the southwest’s largest single site collections of archeological artifacts. Besh-Ba-Gowah is one of the most complex and largest communities of the Salado.

1324 S Jesse Hayes Rd, Globe, AZ 85501, Phone: 928-425-0320

Pickle Barrel Trading Post

The Pickle Barrel Trading Post is a great destination for everyone in the whole family to explore during their visit to Globe, Arizona. Guests can look around eight thousand square feet of Southwest-style home decor, Mata Ortiz pottery, yard art, leather goods, turquoise jewelry and Native American crafts and art. Children and well-behaved pets are welcome at the shopping attraction. Visitors browsing the items at the Pickle Barrel Trading Post should be sure to stop and have lunch at one of the amazing Mexican restaurants in the area, offering some of the best in Mexican cuisine in the state.

404 S Broad St, Globe, AZ 85501, Phone: 928-425-9282

Cobre Valley Center for the Arts

Established in the year 1984, the Cobre Valley Center for the Arts is a member-supported, non-profit arts center. The arts facility is housed inside the wonderfully restored Old Gila County Courthouse. This restoration was the result of hard work by several local artists. The century-old building was transformed into a grand venue for exhibitions for local artists, while still maintaining the historic integrity of the structure. The Cobre Valley Center for the Arts now hosts several performances, receptions, and art exhibitions throughout the year for the public to attend and enjoy. The center is open seven days a week.

101 N. Broad St, Globe, AZ 85501, Phone: 928-425-0884

Round Mountain Park

The Round Mountain Park in Globe, Arizona can be found at the end of the town’s South Street from Highway 60. The park boasts five different loops for hiking. Hiking trails range from beginner loops to expert trails, offering hiking excursions for visitors of all levels, from leisurely walks and jogs to rocky terrain and long distances that challenge even the most experienced hikers. The area is known for the natural beauty of scenery. Hiking up the West Trail offers hikers an amazing view of the town and the mountains from the flag. The longest loop is five kilometers long.

South St. from Highway 60, Globe, AZ

Old Dominion Historic Mine Park

The Old Dominion Historic Mine Park is a former mine now transformed into a unique park that has become both a fun and educational community treasure. There is plenty to do for visitors of any age, such as antique mining artifacts, a playground with a mining theme, hiking trails, signs about geology, mining, and history, picnic pavilions, and a disc golf course with nine holes. The Old Dominion Park features thirteen different trails of varying levels. There are also several informational signage, mining artifacts, and historic structures. Many of the amenities in the park can be found along the Silver Nugget trail.

1300 N Broad St, Globe, AZ 85501, Phone: 800-804-5623

Historic District

The Historic District in downtown Globe, Arizona includes an assortment of government, religious, and commercial buildings that are associated with the status of the city as a governmental and economic center for Gila County. The city was named as Gila County’s County Seat and expanded into the primary commercial and economic center for the mining region of Globe. The Historic District also consists of three prominent churches, The Globe Post Office, and the Courthouse, which indicates the area being the county’s core for civic life for the community. The most significant amount of community growth happened between the years 1880 and 1935.

30 S Broad St, Globe, AZ 85501-2604

Gila County Historical Museum

Situated along the Old West Highway of the city of Globe, the Gila County Historical Museum was formerly a Mine Rescue Station built back in the year 1920. The history museum for the state of Arizona’s Gila County is all about service and history. The museum’s research library is an excellent resource of information about lost relatives or fining history about the mining industry in the local area. Research volunteers are available to help visitors find whatever information they may be looking for, and history greeters strive to make sure every visit is full of fun for guests.

1330 N. Broad St, Globe, AR 85501, Phone: 928-425-7385

Gila County Batting Range

The Gila County Batting Range is a family-owned and operated batting range and RV park that acquired a reputation of providing affordable prices and great batting equipment in an ideal location. The facility offers full-service batting cages that customers can rent for sessions lasting either thirty minutes or one hour. Batters use a token for each ball. The Batting Range and Gila County RV Park offers more than batting cages, providing a picturesque location for people traveling in RVs to stop for a while. There are also grass spaces for tents at the RV park as well.

201 W Cottonwood St, Globe, AZ 85501, Phone: 928-425-4653

Chalo's Casa Reynoso

Chalo's Casa Reynoso offers old style Mexican cuisine in the city of Globe, Arizona, among other locations. The Reynoso family has made and shared their old style cooking with the people of Arizona since the year 1938. Roberta and Antonio Reynoso moved from Globe to Tempe in order to expand their family’s restaurant and share more of the “Gollo Burro” with more people, inspired by Salustia, Antonio’s mother. The Casa Reynoso restaurants measure their success by how much customers enjoy their family recipes. They pride themselves on preparing fresh food every day with the highest quality ingredients available.

902 E Ash St, Globe, AZ 85502, Phone: 928-425-0515

Historic Gila County Sheriff's Office and Jail

The Historic Gila County Sheriff's Office and Jail was built back in 1910. The jail served the Arizona territory from 1910 until 1912 on February 14th when Arizona became a state. It then served the state from 1912 until its last prisoner in 1981. The historic jail is now a museum and visitor center. Guided tours are offered on a daily basis by appointment, or on the second Saturday each month for the public. The Historic Gila County Jail is also listed as part of the Haunted Registry, supposedly haunted with all sorts of paranormal activity, including cold spots, voices, apparitions, and footsteps.

149 E Oak St, Globe, AZ 85501