Ghost Towns in Arizona



During my time in Arizona, I got to explore quite a few ghost towns. Each of them were defined in their own way and surrounded by breathtaking scenery. Here's a run down of my favorite old mining towns to explore:


All About Oatman

Oatman, Arizona is a charming old ghost town in western Arizona off historic Route 66. Burros roam the streets and you can find history in every building.


The burros define this unique town and are so much fun to be around. They are super friendly and you can even feed them! Burro food is sold throughout Oatman if you want to give them a treat.


Keep in mind, if you feed them, you will be their new best friend. They may even follow you around! Check out the burro gazing in at the ice cream shop below 😂 This was probably the highlight of the trip.



The main strip in Oatman is just a short street long, and the burros are all over it waiting for treats from tourists. Since it is a rather small town, there isn't a ton of walking to do here if you're not physical able or up to it.


Just be careful while you drive through and around Oatman, the burros walk the streets like they own them!


You can still catch a glimpse of many days passed in this old mining town. As you walk through the town, there are a few restaurants and places to get a drink.


The town of Oatman is mostly made up of local stores, which feature museums in the upper level of many of these shops. Some of the stores are full of gimmicky souvenirs, but others boast incredibly unique items that you probably can't find elsewhere.


Check out this jail cell in the picture below. I bet you would have behaved back in the day to avoid getting locked in one of these!



There are places to eat, drink and even a part of a mine you can check out full of facts, history and stories to learn more about the miners and the Oatman lifestyle.


If you head to the Dollar Bill Bar in Oatman, upstairs you can get a glimpse of what the building used to look like back in the day. In it's former glory, this establishment was once the Oatman Hotel.


The history of this popular place still remains. You can see a preserved hotel room that Clark Gable and Carole Lombard stayed in when they visited the Oatman Hotel long ago.


As you come and go through Oatman, take the scenic route and head down historic Route 66 for some beautiful landscapes and a trip down memory lane.