If you’re up for a little bit of hike in Bisbee, AZ, the jaunt up Youngblood and Chihuahua Hill is an excellent way to get the heart pumping and to see life in this former mining town in a different way.
Like we mentioned in our handy itinerary, you can take OK Street up to the base of Youngblood Hill and take time to check out all the local homes (trust me, you’ll want to – they have a lot of character). If you start your journey earlier in the morning (maybe around 7 a.m.), you’ll benefit from pleasant temperatures and having the town (and trail)practically all to yourself before the sleepy town becomes a bustling tourist stop.
Blue Jesus (I’ve called him this because he is both literally painted blue and because of his sorrowful expression) is the marker of your trail up Youngblood, but also a good wake-up call for groggy hikers because from a distance you can’t tell if it’s a statue or a person waiting at the trail.
A couple important notes before you ascend:
- Beyond Blue Jesus is private property, so be polite and don’t go exploring a local’s front yard.
- The path up to the hills is steep, narrow and slippery. If you’re not a strong hiker or don’t have appropriate shoes, it’s best to come back another time. There is also a bit of incline when getting to the top of both hills, so stay hydrated and listen to your body to stop when needed.
If you do make it up Chihuahua Hill, you are rewarded with a great view of the town below and are privy to a shrine that’s maintained by its residents. You can see some of our photos from the site below, but it’s really worth a visit in person. There’s a sense of peace, joy and love you get when you look at these colorful tributes.
Pay your respects and please move around with care.
What a fascinating place! The shrine looks amazing, so awesome that the locals still preserve it. This is definitely not a place I’d ever find out about if it wasn’t for your blog. Thanks for sharing!
We love finding off the beaten path locales! <3
The Invisible Tourist
What a fascinating little place! I’m glad you mentioned to go early to beat the crowds and hotter day temperature. I’d imagine it would get scorching hot out there! Thanks for sharing.
In the summer, it would DEFINITELY be hot. Never hike in the middle of the day in the summer in AZ. Beating the crowds is always nice too. 😛
This hidden shrine is so cool! And your photos are beautiful
I would love to know how the heck this got started!
Me too! There were some memorials up there, so perhaps it was started for a specific loved one.
This looks like a really interesting place! Great guide 🙂
You got me at Chihuahua Hill (such a cute name!). The shrine looks like a great find!
Isn’t it!? Love that name. 🙂
Great photos and the shrine looks cool! I also enjoy shrines, temples, and whatnot.
I love spiritual places, especially when they are on top of mountains.
The shrine Looks so beautiful! It looks and sounds like a very ineresting place, thank you for sharing 🙂
No problem! We love sharing this kind of unique stuff.
Find Your World Girl (@findurworld)
This looks like such an interesting spot! Sometimes exploring your own backyard helps you find the most unique hidden gems 🙂
Agreed! That’s the best part about Backyard Discoveries.
Megan Elliott (@LushtoBlush)
This is so cool!! I would have never known about this if you hadn’t shared it, so thank you!
No problem! <3 Glad you enjoyed it.
This would be a beautiful place to check out. I’m not religious, but it looks like a peaceful area.
It is very spiritual, even if you aren’t religious. Very very beautiful. <3
i have never heart of Chihuahua Hills, looks like aa very interesting place! so religious and peaceful. hope you liked it.
It was fascinating and very spiritual. We loved it. 🙂
Looks like a beautiful place! I would love the hike up to see the view.
Come to Arizona and be sure to explore the south. There are so many wonderful things here!
What a sight to see, I would have never known that was there.
Me neither! But we wanted to go for a hike, so we found it! <3
Wow, that is definitely a site that is worth the hike! What a beautiful shrine.
Agreed! It was really lovely.
What a cool place to check out. Thank you for sharing so us, who can’t travel right now, can still experience it!
For sure! We love to share this stuff with everyone. Hopefully you will be able to travel again soon, assuming that that is something that you’d like.
That was a really interesting post. I didn’t even know that such place exists!
Thanks! We loved discovering it!
This is a really interesting trail. I have never seen anything like this. I have never been to AZ I would expect this to be in like NM or something.
AZ is an really lovely state with lots of surprises! 🙂
I long to go to Arizona and visit the beauties it holds. This is beautiful. Thank you for sharing these photos!
No problem! I love sharing the beauty of my home.
Interesting little place. Sometimes we forget whats right in our own backyards..adventure awaits
So true! There are so many neat places all over!
What a fun discovery! I love finding cool things like this and we live in an area that has lots of them! <3
Awesome! We love these little discoveries.
very cool we have a place here in the shawnee forest that reminds me of the one you shared. One may never know how something got started but I do love listening to the stories others share
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There are lovely little discoveries everywhere!
Looks like a great place to explore! My hubby would love to visit this place!
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Head over to AZ then! There is no end to the cool discoveries here.