Gold Mining Ghost Town

Oatman, Arizona

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Nestled within the rugged terrains of the Black Mountains in Arizona, the Gold Mining Ghost Town of Oatman boasts a rich history steeped in the allure of the Wild West.

Oatman flourished in the early 1900s, fueled by the discovery of gold in the surrounding mines. Prospectors and miners descended on the town, seeking their fortunes and transforming the remote area into a bustling gold mining hub along the famous Route 66. Oatman’s prosperity peaked in the 1920s before declining when the mines dried up and closed. Today, the town’s well-preserved historic buildings and the free-roaming wild burros serve as living remnants of its vibrant past, attracting visitors keen to experience the nostalgia and spirit of the Old West.

Located right on Route 66, a journey through Oatman was a must for drivers driving between Kingman, Arizona and Needles, California on the original route. Even if that route was a winding, turn-by-turn path along the side of a mountain.

Unlike many other ghost towns on Route 66, Oatman is not a deserted wasteland filled with crumbling buildings. Instead, the ghost town is filled with repurposed buildings (stop for lunch at the haunted Oatman Hotel Restaurant & Bar), vibrant entertainment (watch a fictional heist by the Oatman Ghost Rider Gunfighters), quirky stores (with donkey pun names), and pods of furry burros who roam the streets in search of snacks.

This Gold Mining Ghost Town on Route 66 is worthy exploring, check out our full list of things to do Oatman to see what there is to do in town and plan this stretch of your road trip.

Last modified: April 21, 2024
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Gold Mining Ghost Town in Oatman, Arizona

Gold Mining Ghost Town

Historic Rte 66, Oatman, AZ 86433

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Gold Mining Ghost Town in Oatman, Arizona

Know Before You Go

To make the most of your visit to see the Gold Mining Ghost Town in Oatman, Arizona, here are some things to know before you go.

  • For easy parking, find a parking lot at 20 Co Hwy 10.
  • There are so many things to see in Oatman! Come to see the burros and stay for an Oatman Ghost Rider Gunfighters shootout show, explore the historic buildings, shop at the punny-named stores, and have lunch at the Oatman Hotel Restaurant & Bar.
  • While the burros are often found around town, there is no guarantee you’ll see them and you can’t always depend on it.

Where to Stay Near the Gold Mining Ghost Town

While there is an AirBNB in town, you’ll probably want to spend the night in nearby Kingman. Complete your travel itinerary and get a good night’s rest on your road trip with a stay at one of these hotels near Oatman, Arizona on Route 66.

The Oatman Rock House

One of the only places you can stay in Historic Oatman, Arizona, this AirBNB is a secluded desert getaway located on Route 66’s most famous western ghost town. The property features one double bed and one bunk bed and is close to all the sites and burrows on Oatman.

El Trovatore Motel

El Trovatore Motel is located in downtown Kingman and offers themed rooms dedicated to Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, John Wayne, and more. Outside the property boasts many fun murals, including the world’s longest map of Route 66. Look for the famous neon sign!

Ramada by Wyndham Kingman

Ramada by Wyndham Kingman might be a chain hotel, but it embraces the Route 66 spirit with decor and themed murals. The pet-friendly hotel has free WiFi, a gym, an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center, and free parking.

Enhance your visit to Oatman with a tour! Whether you love history, the outdoors, or family-friendly adventures, there are plenty of options for everyone.

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