Let’s face it, you’re not traveling across the country just to see Globe, AZ. BUT if you’re in the area its not a bad place to spend a day. You may have heard about its quaint old town feel, its beautiful desert scenery and its pre-Columbian ruins. So if you find yourself in the Phoenix area, take Highway 60 going east and you’ll run right into Globe. Once there, here’s a list of the most interesting things to see and do.
Centered around Broad Street, you’ll know it when you see the small “City of Globe” clock and the medium-sized church. There are also a number of small shops and historic buildings in the area. On the south end of the historic area you’ll see a concrete Teepee that was built in 1940 as a fast food stand, later turned into a salon and now sits vacant.
Slightly north of the Globe and Miami area, you will need to follow Highway 188 north for about 20 miles until you hit Theodore Roosevelt Lake. The Salt River Canyon area is just east of the lake on Globe Young Highway. Its a popular white water rafting area.
The Besh Ba Gowah ruins are the paritally restored pre-columbian settlement of the Salado Pueblo. The site dates back between AD 1225 AD 1400 and is joined to a small park and museum. There is also a small fee to enter the ruins of the Salado Pueblo.
Right next door to Los Robertos Mexican Restaurant, is the Pickle Barrel Trading Post. This place sells everything from antiques to handicrafts to lawn ornaments. It has an interesting mix of Native American and old timey Americana items and a few local food products such as teas, candies and hot sauces.
The Round Mountain Park sits just north of Globe and is a great place for day hikes…as long as you can stand the heat. There are 5 different trails in the park, the longest being only 3 miles long.