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Date(s) - 02/09/2019 - 02/10/2019
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Old Tucson


The North & South come toIMG_4250gether at Old Tucson, with encampments, battles and demonstrations, all weekend long! See life in the Arizona Territory during the Civil War, and re-live battles with the Battle of Golden Gate Peak.

This exciting and educational event is presented by the Arizona Sonora Western Heritage Foundation and includes presentations and demonstrations from the Arizona Civil War Council and Southwest Living History Association.


You can also stop by the soldiers’ camps and visit with them about what life was like for soldiers during the Civil War, and learn more about their encampments. Make sure to catch the battle reenactments each day!

Tickets can be purchased in advance here, or at the gate.



    • Nancy,
      We do have dirt streets and wooden porches but we have quite a few folks out here in wheelchairs. The dirt is pretty hard along the streets, except where we have stunt acts and the cowboys need a softer landing! We do recommend that you have someone accompany you to help navigate. Hope to see you soon!

  1. As a past visitor, we would suggest that Old Tucson is NOT wheel chair friendly. The streets and some walkways are mostly loose dirt, and wooden sidewalks are uneven. Very difficult to push a wheelchair. Frustrating for everyone.

    • Lois, as noted, there are definitely softer areas than others and we do have wheelchair areas in our shows and in the Palace. Agility and ability to get around, the type and age of the wheelchair and the distance around the park that people can navigate are all very subjective to the individual guest. We have people in wheelchairs daily and they must make the decision based on the factors noted above.

  2. Are there special tickets for this event? or general admission tickets accepted also what are the chances of being sold out . coming from a Cleveland and looking for Sunday February 11.

    • They are general admission tickets, and it is unlikely that we will sell out. We have added multiple auxiliary parking lots that enable us to hold close to 6,000 people a day, so as long as those don’t fill (which they likely will not), you’ll be fine!

    • Hello! Yes, there are two reenactments each day, one in the morning and then one in the afternoon. There are also other presentations throughout the day, flag raising, marches through town, and ladies in period dress. All of this in addition to our regular entertainment and stunt shows. It’s a full weekend!

      • It makes more sense to have the reenactment at Old Tucson rather driving to Picacho Peak. The actual battle was fought in the shadows of Picacho Peak. Not actually at it.

        • Thank you! This is our 3rd year hosting Civil War Days at Old Tucson and its becoming a popular weekend. We hope to continue to grow the event here. The Civil War Association has been wonderful to work with and the guests enjoy the interaction.

  3. There was not any Battle of Golden Gate Peak in the Confederate Territory of Arizona that I am aware of. The Battle Of Picacho Peak/Pass was the only Union verse Confederate Battle.

    • Thanks for your comment. You are correct, there was no Battle of Golden Gate Peak. However this is what we have named the reenactment at Old Tucson’s Civil War Days, because we are not Picacho Peak and that is the peak at our location. It is a fictitious name used for an accurate representation of a Civil War battle re-enactment.

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