Entertainment and Events
Globe Theatre (141 N. Broad St., 928/425-5581) screens current movies downtown. Gila County Gem & Mineral Show sparkles in late January. Historic Home & Building Tour, accompanied by the Antique and Quilt Show, takes place on Presidents Day weekend in February. Gila County Championship Rodeo shakes up March. Miners compete in hand drilling and other skills at Miami in the Mining Country Boomtown Spree in April. Cinco de Mayo brings entertainment and food to the Saturday nearest May 5th. The Gold-N-Oldies Car Show gleams in May. Fourth of July Fireworks enliven midsummer. The Gila County Fair entertains in September. Horse races run in late September and early October. Apache Jii (Day) Celebration on the third Saturday in October honors the nearby San Carlos Apache community with dances, crafts, and food by Apache and other Native American groups. San Carlos Veterans Parade, Fair, & Rodeo takes place 19 miles east on the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation on Veterans Day weekend in November. Christmas Light Parade on the second Saturday of December and Festival of Lights at Besh Ba Gowah on the Sunday before Christmas add to holiday cheer.
Globe Community Center has a swimming pool, picnic areas, and ball fields 1.5 miles south of downtown Globe; follow S. Broad Street, turn right across the bridge, curve left on Jesse Hayes Street one mile, then make a sharp right at the sign.
Cobre Valle Country Club (just north on AZ 188, 928/473-2542) is open to the public with a nine-hole golf course and tennis and racquetball courts. Apache Gold Casino & Resort (928/475-7600 or 800/272-2438, www.apachegoldcasinoresort.com) offers an 18-hole golf course seven miles east of Globe on US 70.
You'll find a good selection of independent and chain motels along US 60 north of downtown (N. Broad and Willow Streets) and east of downtown (E. Ash Street). The older places are generally fine and offer great deals.
Under $50: If coming from the north you'll pass Belle-Aire Motel (1600 N. Broad St., 928/425-4406, $25 s, $30 d), Economy Inn (1105 N. Broad St., 928/425-5736, $30 s, $33 d) with a pool, Willow Motel (792 N. Willow St., 928/425-9491, $25s, $28 d), El Rey Motel (1201 E. Ash St., 928/425-4427, $24 s, $31 d), El Rancho Motel (1300 E. Ash St., 928/425-5757, $25 s, $32 d), and Motel 6 (1699 E. Ash St., 928/425-5741 or 800/466-8356, $40 s, $46 d) with a pool and hot tub.
$50-100: Starting from the north, choices include the Travelodge (2119 W. Hwy. 60, 928/425-7008 or 800/215-4034, $58.50 d) with good mountain views, Super 8 Motel (637 E. Ash St., 928/425-7124 or 800/800-8000, $55 d) with a pool, Comfort Inn (1515 South St. at E. Ash St., 928/425-7575 or 800/228-5150, $59-69 d weekday, $79-89 d weekend) with a pool and hot tub, and Days Inn (1630 E. Ash St., 928/425-5500, 800/329-7466, $55 d) with a pool and hot tub. Seven miles east on US 70, the Best Western Apache Gold Hotel & Casino (928/475-7600 or 800/272-2438, $59 d weekdays, $79 d Fri.-Sat., $99-109 d Jacuzzi room) offers restaurants (all smoking), golf, pool, hot tub, and a sauna.
For a bed and breakfast inn downtown, contact Noftsger Hill Inn (425 North St., 928/425-2260 or 877/780-2479, www.noftsgerhillinn.com, $65-90 d) in a 1907 schoolhouse and Cedar Hill B&B (175 E. Cedar St., 928/425-7530, www.cedarhillaz.com, $60 d B&B or $70-80 apartment). South of downtown, The Hideaway (7719 Ice House Canyon Rd., 928/402-0454 or 888/692-3369) offers bed and breakfast for $55 d and apartments without breakfast for $55-95.
Gila County RV Park (300 S. Pine St., 928/425-4653 or 800/436-8083) has dry sites for tents ($5) or RVs ($8) and hookup sites ($20) in a handy downtown location. No showers, but there's a batting range. Take the Maple Street Exit from Hwy. 60.
Tent campers and small RVs can head south to one of the Tonto National Forest campgrounds in the Pinal Mountains. The Globe Ranger District office (928/402-6200) provides recreation information and sells the Tonto Forest map. All campgrounds are free, but you need to bring your own water. Sulphide del Rey (elev. 4,500 feet) is 10 miles southwest of Globe via Jesse Hayes Road, Ice House Canyon Road, Kellner Canyon Road/Forest Road 55, and Forest Road 651; open all year. Lower Pinal and Upper Pinal (elev. 7,500 feet), accessible April-Dec., are about 4.5 miles past Sulphide del Rey. There are also Forest Service sites at Pioneer Pass (elev. 6,000 feet), nine miles south via Jesse Hayes Road and Ice House Canyon Road/Forest Road 112, accessible May-Nov.; the upper site has horse corrals. Jones Water Campground (elev. 4,500 feet) offers sites in oaks and cottonwoods 15 miles northeast of town on US 60. Timber Camp nestles in the cool pines at an elevation of 6,000 feet, 27 miles northeast of town on US 60; a group site can be reserved with Globe Ranger District (928/402-6200). Oak Flat (elev. 4,200 feet) offers year-round camping west on US 60 near Superior.
For a family cafe that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily, try Judy's Cook House (Cobre Valley Plaza on the west side of town, 928/425-5366) or Country Kitchen (1505 E. Ash St. on the east side of town, 928/425-2137). Java Junction (102 E. Cedar and Broad Sts., 928/402-8926, closed Sun.) offers a selection of coffees, sandwiches, and desserts downtown. Nearby, Kelly's Broad Street Brewery (190 Broad St., 928/425-3313, Tues.-Sat. for dinner) serves up steaks, barbeque ribs, chicken, pork chops, fish, and pasta dishes along with brews; a sports bar is in the basement.
Locals love Mexican food, and you'll find some great places. Libby's El Rey Cafe (999 N. Broad St., 928/425-2054, Tues.-Sat. for lunch and dinner) serves up simple but satisfying traditional Mexican food in a family-run business that's been going since the 1940s. La Luz del Dia Restaurant and Bakery (304 N. Broad St., 928/425-8400, Mon.-Sat. for lunch and dinner) is a tiny place for breakfast and lunch downtown. Chalo's Casa de Reynoso (902 E. Ash St., 928/425-0515, daily for lunch and dinner) is renowned for chili dishes, especially the green chili con carne and the carne adovada (spicy pork burro with red chili sauce). For a choice of Italian, American, and some Mexican dishes, it's Joe's Broad Street Grill (247 S. Broad St., 928/425-4707, Mon.-Sat. for breakfast and lunch, Thurs.-Fri. for dinner); favorites include the spinach and mozzarella scramble, pasta primavera, cheesecakes, and cobblers. Guayos on the Trail (1.2 miles north on AZ 188, 928/425-9969, Wed.-Mon. for lunch and dinner) features carne asada (topped with green chilis and cheese) and other steaks plus chimichangas and other popular Mexican dishes.
China Taste Buffet (338 E. Ash St., 928/402-8448, daily for lunch and dinner) prepares oriental flavors in a variety of styles with a choice of buffet or a la carte.
Information and Services
The very helpful Globe-Miami Chamber of Commerce (1360 N. Broad St., Globe, AZ 85501, 928/425-4495 or 800/804-5623, www.globemiamichamber.com) has lots of local and state-wide travel information. Free leaflets describe Globe and Miami historic walking tours and a highway driving tour with views of six local mines. Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and, from October to April, also 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat.-Sunday.
Globe Miami Times http://www.globemiamitimes.com/ describes happenings and attractions.
The Globe Ranger District office (7680 S. Six Shooter Canyon Rd., Globe, AZ 85501, 928/402-6200, www.fs.fed.us/r3/tonto, 7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.) provides details on camping, backcountry drives, an off-highway vehicle area, and hiking trails (which tend to be steep). It's two miles southeast of downtown; follow S. Broad Street to the sign, turn right across the bridge, curve left on Jesse Hayes Street and continue straight on Six Shooter Canyon Road.
Globe Public Library (339 S. Broad St., 928/425-6111, closed Sun.) is downtown, as is the main post office (101 S. Hill and Sycamore Sts., 928/425-2381).
Cobre Valley Community Hospital (928/425-3261) is just south of the US 60-AZ 188 junction on the northwest side of town.
Getting There and Around
Greyhound (1666 E. Ash St., 928/425-2301) offers a couple of westbound and eastbound buses daily.
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