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Photo Guide: Fairbank Historic Townsite, Arizona

Hike, Bike or Ride to Arizona’s Fairbank Historic Townsite

During our mine tour in Tombstone, Arizona, our guide told us about other towns in the area that we might want to visit. On our way back from Kartchner Caverns (a definite must see which you can read about in our Three Days Underground blog), we decided to stop at to see the Fairbank Historic Townsite and ride the Fairbanks Loop via the San Pedro Trail, which meanders along the San Pedro river through the natural landscape and past a trail that leads to the old cemetery.

The town came into existence when the railroad established a station there. It was named for N.K. Fairbank, a merchant from Chicago who was also a stockholder in the railroad and an organizer of the Grand Central Mining Company. The town was an important supply point for Tombstone and was a busy community into the twentieth century.

We were the only people both at this site and on the trail, so it really felt like a ghost town. There is a visitor center, but we couldn’t find any information about when it is open. The trail is a loop and approximately 4 miles long. While it is fun ride that made visiting this site more enjoyable and interesting, it is sometimes narrow, sandy and steep. If you don’t want to hike or ride the trail, the buildings are just off the Highway 82, so it’s an easy and quick stop that will add to your old west experience.

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Written by Kristen Damazio

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