Tombstone, Arizona Territory
~ October 12 - 17, 2014 ~
Our five-day historic Wyatt Earp's Vendetta horseback ride and tour in and around Tombstone, Arizona takes us to the Chiricahua, Dragoon and Whetstone Mountains, through the high country surrounding Tombstone. We'll visit those sites were Wyatt and his posse had a shoot-out with the Cow-boys and killed "Curly Bill" Brocius and Johnny Barnes, we'll visit Johnny Ringo’s supposedly haunted gravesite, plus Cochise's Stronghold and more - much more!
Our Vendetta ride ends just as Tombstone's largest annual event ~ Helldorado Days ~ begins!!! Stay and enjoy the festivities.
$1,996 per person
Initial Deposit: $500 per person, non-refundable deposit required
Final Payment: Due 90 days prior to ride
Trained horses (you’ll be matched to a horse based on each individual's riding abilities)
Tack (use of personal saddles okay)
Historians / Private Tours
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
Should you cancel within 90 days prior to ride .... all monies non-refundable
Should Great American Adventures cancel this ride: all monies 100% refundable
** See Terms & Conditions / ** Also See: Travel Insurance - this is strongly recommended.
Transportation to and from Tucson and Tombstone, Arizona Territory
Motels in Tucson or Tombstone / rental cars (if needed)
Period clothing (See Dress Code) ... though not mandatory, dressing in "period-clothing" makes these rides more fun, more adventurous, sets the "mood" 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.
Contact Shawn Elder at East-West Global Tours (480-648-4735 / firstname.lastname@example.org / www.eastwestglobaltour.com ) 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.
"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
Arrive Tucson, Arizona Territory during the day
Check-in ... Tucson hotel to be determined ... working on it!!!
"Meet & Greet" + Dinner at 6:00 pm – at the Historic Tucson Train Depot where Wyatt killed Frank Stillwell
a. Cash bar provided
b. We'll carpool from the hotel ... everyone can follow me to the depot.
Monday, October 13, 2014
7:30 AM - Breakfast
8:30 AM - drive to trail head. Today we'll take a horseback ride from the Starr Pass Trail Head, through Tucson Mountain Park, to Old Tucson Studios. An approximate 3 to 4 hour scenic ride.
12:00 PM - Lunch at Old Tucson Studios. We'll tour the studios and spend about 3 hours here. The non-riding spouses will drive our vehicles to meet us for lunch.
3:30 - 4:00 PM -- depart Old Tucson Studios.
6:00 PM - Dinner
Tuesday - Friday, October 14 17 - Vendetta Ride in and around Tombstone
7:30 am – Breakfast each morning in Tombstone
7:00 PM - Dinner each night.
Note: With such vast distances, horses will be picketed at different locations each day.
After breakfast, we’ll carpool & follow one another to the horses and ride to the various historic sites.
I recommend the 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
See Motels. Also check out www.tombstoneweb.com
OPTIONAL STAY - OVER
Friday through Sunday after the ride - Enjoy Tombstone’s biggest annual event - Helldorado Days (www.HelldoradoDays.com)
Suggest making your motel reservations as early as possible!
Rooms fill up fast ... You can always cancel later if necessary.
~ The Ride ~
A half day ride to Old Tucson Studios, where parts of the film Tombstone (and hundreds of other Westerns) were filmed.
A full day ride into the Dragoon Mountains and Cochise's Stronghold and Council of Rocks;
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!!
Johnny Ringo’s supposedly haunted gravesite in the Chiricahua Mountains;
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.
Private tours of Tombstone, the OK Corral, and more conducted by renown Tombstone historians.
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
“On a scale of 1 to 10,
I would rate this a 15.”
"The perfect combination of historical fact and Hollywood myth"
* Dress Code and "Hoglegs" / "Going Heeled"
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!"
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.