Let’s face it, you’re not traveling across the country just to see Globe, AZ. Â BUT if you’re in the area its not a bad place to spend a day. Â You may have heard about its quaint old town feel, its beautiful desert scenery and its pre-Columbian ruins. Â So if you find yourself in the Phoenix area, take Highway 60 going east and you’ll run right into Globe. Â 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. Â There are also a number of small shops and historic buildings in the area. Â 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.
SALT RIVER CANYON SCENIC DRIVE:
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. Â The Salt River Canyon area is just east of the lake on Globe Young Highway. Â Its a popular white water rafting area.
BESH BA GOWAH ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE:
The Besh Ba Gowah ruins are the paritally restored pre-columbian settlement of the Salado Pueblo. Â The site dates back between AD 1225 AD 1400 and is joined to a small park and museum. Â 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. Â This place sells everything from antiques to handicrafts to lawn ornaments. Â 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. Â There are 5 different trails in the park, the longest being only 3 miles long.