Oatman Wild Burrows

Oatman, Arizona

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The gold mining ghost town of Oatman, Arizona is famous for its resident wild burros, who are said to outnumber the people in town. While the animals live in the hills, on any given day you might find dozens of the furry creatures coming into town, wandering the roads in search of a snack. The donkeys are direct descendants of animals who carried supplies for local gold miners to in the early 1900s. When the mines were eventually closed down, the donkeys were sent free to roam.

The friendly creatures roam the streets freely, often approaching visitors in search of treats. Feeding them is not only allowed but also encouraged—just be sure to bring some carrots or apples to make new furry friends. Didn’t bring your own donkey feed? Don’t worry, many of the shops in town sell food pellets to feed to the animals! Just be cautious, they are wind animals after all!

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Oatman Wild Burrows

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Historic Rte 66, Oatman, AZ 86433

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Things to Do in Oatman, Arizona - a plaque explaining the history of Oatman and the burros
Wild Burros in Oatman, Arizona
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Things to Do in Oatman, Arizona - feed the wild burros

Know Before You Go

To make the most of your visit to see the Wild Burros in Oatman, Arizona, here are some things to know before you go.

  • For easy parking, find a parking lot at 20 Co Hwy 10.
  • The burros aren’t the only things to see in Oatman! 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 these burros are often found around town, there is no guarantee you’ll see them and you can’t always depend on it.
  • Pick up burro food at one of the many local shops in Oatman!

Where to Stay Near the Oatman Wild Burros

While there is an AirBNB or two 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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1 Review of Wild Burros in Oatman, Arizona

  1. I was so sad that I didn’t see a single burro while I was in town! They must have been hiding that day. I’ll need to go back and try again!


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