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Wyatt Earp's Vendetta Ride

Tombstone, Arizona Territory

~ October 12 - 17, 2014 ~

A Historic & Scenic Arizona Horseback Ride and Tour into the Old West

Our five-day historic Arizona horseback ride and tour will focus on Wyatt Earp's Vendetta ride of 1882 in and around Tombstone, Arizona.  We'll travel to the Chiricahua, Dragoon and Whetstone Mountains, through the high country surrounding Tombstone, visiting those sites were Wyatt and his posse had a shoot-out with the Cow-boys and killed "Curly Bill" Brocius and Johnny Barnes, Johnny Ringo’s supposedly haunted gravesite, the ghost town of Fairbank, plus Cochise's Stronghold and more - much more!

Our Vendetta ride ends as Tombstone's largest annual event ~ Helldorado Days ~ begins!!!  Stay and enjoy the festivities.

~ This Ride is Suitable for All Riding Levels - from the Novice to the Advanced ~

Cost

  $1,996 per person

   Initial Deposit:  $500 per person, non-refundable deposit required

       Final Payment:  Due 90 days prior to ride

Includes

   1.  Trained horses (you’ll be matched to a horse based on each individual's riding abilities)

   2.  Tack (use of personal saddles okay)

    3.  Wranglers (they do all the real work)

    4.  Historians / Private Tours (learn the truth about the Earp's, Clanton's, & McLaury's)

    5.  Three meals a day (sack lunches for saddlebags when riding), Monday through Friday

Note: All breakfasts will be served at 7:30 am / dinners will be served around 7:00 pm

 Cancellation Policy

1.  Should you cancel within 90 days prior to ride .... all monies non-refundable

2.  Should Great American Adventures cancel this ride: all monies 100% refundable

                ** See Terms & Conditions ** Also See: Travel Insurance - this is strongly recommended. 

Not Included

1.  Transportation to and from Tucson and Tombstone, Arizona Territory

2.  Motels in Tucson or Tombstone / rental cars (if needed)

3.  Period clothing (See Dress Code) ... though not mandatory, dressing in "period-clothing" makes these rides more fun, more adventurous, and makes for great photos ops!!  Try it!  Don't spend lots of money unless you want to... I make several recommendations on the Dress Code site where to purchase these items.

Transportation Packages

Contact Shawn Elder at East-West Global Tours (480-648-4735) to arrange your complete transportation package, including roundtrip air, rental vehicle / shuttle/motorcoach and motel accommodations.  Flight arrivals can be coordinated in order to facilitate group transfers to share the expense of transportation.  Daily tour packages for non-riding spouses can also be arranged.

 

Wyatt Earp's Vendetta Ride

from the 1993 movie Tombstone

Wyatt Earp's Vendetta Ride

from Great American Adventures

 

"Frankly, I don't know how you are able to offer these rides and

the things you provide for the price - I think it's a bargain"

~ Itinerary ~

Sunday, October 12, 2014

1.  Arrive Tucson, Arizona Territory during the day

2.  Check-in ... Hotel Congress, 311 E. Congress St., Tucson, AZ 85701 / 520-622-8848 / www.hotelcongress.com

a.  This historic hotel, built in 1919, is just across the street from Sunday night dinner.

b.  The room rate, beginning at $89 + tax is excellent!  Ask for a room on the "historic side."

c.  You must call and make your own reservations (not included in price of ride).

3.  5:30 PM - "Meet & Greet" –  Maynard's, next to the Historic Tucson Train Depot where Wyatt killed Frank Stillwell.

a.  Dinner & Cash bar provided.

b.  We can actually walk from the hotel across the street to dinner!!

c.   Parking for the Hotel Congress and Maynard's is at Maynard's. 

d.  Hotel Congress will validate parking.

e.  Dinner is a bit early... want to see it before it gets dark... this is historic and a Wyatt Earp landmark!

Monday, October 13, 2014

1.  7:30 AM - Breakfast at the Hotel Congress

2.  8:30 AM - Drive to trail head. 

a.  We'll ride from the Starr Pass Trail Head through Tucson Mountain Park.

b.  The ride is an approximate 3 to 4 hour scenic mountain ride.

c.  We'll arrive Old Tucson Studios around noon.

3.  Note: Old Tucson Studios is closed on Mondays...

a. They will open expressly for Great American Adventures and Wyatt Earp's Vendetta Riders

b.  Meaning we have the studios all to ourselves!  No public!

4.  Noon - Approximate arrival at Old Tucson Studios.   

a. We'll ride down main street of this historic film studio... bring your cameras!!

5.  We'll take a private tour the studios with one of Old Tucson's historians. 

a.  The non-riding spouses will have driven our vehicles from the trail head to Old Tucson Studios and will join us for this private tour and lunch.

6.  Lunch at Big Jakes BBQ Restaurant for Old Tucson's famous BBQ buffet.

7.  Approximately 3:00 PM we'll depart Old Tucson Studios for Tombstone.

8.  6:00 PM - Dinner in Tombstone at the Crystal Palace Saloon. 

a.  Warning... there's a warrant out for the killing of Frank Stillwell... Vendetta Riders should be cautious in town!

Tuesday - Friday, October 14 17 - Vendetta Ride in and around Tombstone

1.  7:30 am – Breakfast each morning in Tombstone

2.  7:00 PM - Dinner each night at a different venue.

a.  More information as we get closer to the ride.

      Note: With such vast distances, horses will be picketed at different locations each day.

                    After breakfast, we’ll carpool & follow one another to the various trail heads.

      Motel 

      I recommend:

       The Tombstone Grand Hotel, 580 West Randolph Way, Tombstone, AZ 85638;  

      520-457-9507 / 855-90-GRAND /  www.TombstoneGrand.com ... there is a group discount - ask for it

      For other motel choices: click Motels / or check out www.tombstoneweb.com

      OPTIONAL STAY - OVER

1.  Friday through Sunday after the ride - Enjoy Tombstone’s biggest annual event

~ Helldorado Days (www.HelldoradoDays.com) ~

2.  Strongly Suggest making your motel reservations as early as possible! 

~ Rooms fill up fast ... You can always cancel later if necessary.

~ The Ride ~

1.  A half day ride to Old Tucson Studios, where parts of the film Tombstone (and hundreds of other Westerns) were filmed.

2.  A full day ride into the Dragoon Mountains and Cochise's Stronghold and Council of Rocks.

3.  Another full day's ride to Iron Springs in the Whetstone Mountains where Curly Bill Brocius was killed ... or was it Cottonwood Springs?   You decide the  controversy!!  Few folks have been here!!

4.  Johnny Ringo’s supposedly haunted gravesite in the Chiricahua Mountains.

5.  Locations along the San Pedro River, sites such as Charleston, Fairbank and / or Contention, all frequented by the Cow-boy's & Earp's ... giving everyone a perspective of the riding distances Wyatt and his posse took.

6.  Private tours of Tombstone, the OK Corral, and more conducted by renown Tombstone historians.

SPECIAL NOTE:

There will be optional tours for the non-riding spouses.  And on some days, the non-riders will join us on some very special historical tours and lectures.  Lots to do and see in southern Arizona!!!

"Wyatt Earp's Vendetta Ride"

Sanctioned an Official Arizona Centennial Event in 2011 / 2012

~ Wyatt Earp's Vendetta Ride ~

The History Behind the Ride

Tombstone in Turmoil

Two months after the Gunfight near the O.K. Corral, three assassins fire double-barrel shotguns at deputy U.S. Marshal / City Police Chief Virgil Earp outside the Oriental Saloon. Doctors remove several inches of shattered bone from his upper left arm. Wyatt, assuming the worst, telegraphs Crawley P. Dake, U.S. Marshal for the Arizona Territory, a few hours later:

 

Tombstone, Arizona Territory,

December 29, 1881

"Virgil Earp was shot by concealed assassins last night.

His wounds are fatal.

Telegraph me appointment with power to appoint deputies.

Local authorities are doing nothing.

The lives of other citizens are threatened."

~ Wyatt Earp ~

 

 Now a deputy U.S. Marshal, Wyatt assembles a posse of gunmen to protect his family and to hunt the men who shot his brother.

The posse must consist of trustworthy men who would not be intimidated by further threats or acts of violence by the Cow-boys … men willing to place themselves in extreme danger.

On January 17, 1882, Doc Holliday and Johnny Ringo have a standoff on Allen Street. They face off with hands hovering above their revolvers, but a town deputy stops them from taking matters further.

Then, on March 18, shortly before midnight, while Morgan Earp is shooting pool at Campbell and Hatch’s Saloon with Wyatt sitting in a chair watching, two bullets blast through the upper window pane of the back door.  The first bullet hits Morgan in the back, near the spine.  The second bullet splinters in the wall inches from Wyatt's head.  Morgan immediately collapses and dies within the hour - on March 19th ... Wyatt's 34th birthday.

With an older brother permanently crippled in his left arm from a deadly ambush, and a younger brother back-shot to death, most men would run …

Not Wyatt Earp!  

Now it's PERSONAL!

~ Join Wyatt Earp's bloody trail of retribution ~  

 

"The ride was a hundred times

better than its description."

Five Star Rating for

Historic Adventure

“On a scale of 1 to 10,

I would rate this a 15.

 

Check out photos from our various Vendetta Rides ... Past Adventure Tab

"The perfect combination of historical fact and Hollywood myth"

 

*COME HEELED!!

* Dress Code and "Hoglegs" / "Going Heeled"

  1. I've learned over the years while doing these historic rides that it is always so much more fun to dress the part ... although it is not a requirement nor mandatory.  The photos we've all taken over the years have appeared in numerous magazines, websites, and editorials ... and those photos do have us dressed "the part."  If you become a repeat rider - and so many of the participants come back again and again - I'm sure over time you'll want to dress in period clothing.  Just part of living the "fantasy!"

  2. Bringing cowboy guns - just as it is so much more fun to dress the part, it is also fun to wear our cowboy guns.  Basically we are "playing cowboy," no different than we did when we were kids - just our toys are now more expensive.  However, about 1% (or less) of the participants on these rides interpret my allowing the  wearing of guns as an indication the guns can be loaded with live ammo!!   Fortunately, I am happy to report that all the man-killers, wanted outlaws, cattle rustlers, train robbers and never-do-wells from the 19th Century are no longer with us.  Sadly, with our litigious society, need for liability insurance, and just common-sense safety practices, I cannot allow anything in those cowboy guns ... no live ammo, no blanks, no dummies (because I cannot tell by glancing at the cylinder what exactly you have in that revolver and am forced to ask you to show it to me).  And I don't want live ammo on your cartridge belts either - dummies are fine.  Think of your guns, on these rides, as mere photo 'props' - they look great, photo great and allow us to play cowboy.  Emphasis is on the word "play."  I offer historic horseback rides - not shooting scenarios.  I prefer to leave that up to the different shooting sports that specialize in such endeavors.  Thank you for understanding the need for safety.

 

At Johnny Ringo's Gravesite

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