Oatman Ghost Town
Oatman Ghost Town
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Step back in time to Oatman, once a booming mining area that's now a ghost town and popular tourist attraction. Here, you can check out the little shops, visit the town’s jail and museum, stop for a drink at the old saloon, and get up close with the Oatman's famous tiny donkeys. You can feed and pet the free-roaming and friendly burros, who aren't shy to approach travelers for a treat. The town is a great stop along Route 66—you can join a tour of Arizona's ghost towns from Las Vegas which can include other historic sites in the area. – Tripadvisor
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  • Margaret
    Auckland, New Zealand17 contributions
    A hidden gem.
    A little gem on our way back to Los Angeles. Loved the burros wandering in and out of the shops and slowing down the traffic. Lots of knick knack and souvenir shops. Just how I imagined a 'wild west' town to be - seems authentic and very interesting. Beautiful views and well worth the winding roads to get there. Loved 'The Pinnacle' shop where you can plant up your own wee cactus!! Great idea and lovely, quality gifts.
    Visited December 2022
    Written January 12, 2023
  • Cruiser813250
    7 contributions
    Will give it another try 😊
    We went on Thursday, February 23rd in the early afternoon. It was a bit breezy and cool, so the burros weren't out like they normally are. We thought they were supposed to have the "old fashioned shoot out" but they didn't do it. The sign says "everyday at 1:30 and 3:30", but nope, no shoot out. A few of the little shops were already closed when we got there around 1:00 and the remaining shops started closing around 3:30 that day and we were a little disappointed. HOWEVER, on our way out, I did get to see a burro 😊 My husband and I are moving to Golden Valley, AZ so once we get down there we will definitely visit again 😊
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written February 26, 2023
  • Dolphins16
    Radcliff, Kentucky203 contributions
    A must do!
    We decided to visit Oatman and I’m so glad we did! I was nervous my husband wouldn’t care for it, but he loved it as well. Lots of old shops with some unique items. We bought post cards and mailed them from the little post office there. We saw the Burros as we were leaving town, one walked right in front of the car so we couldn’t move. This little town was the favorite part of our trip.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written March 10, 2023
  • Lynda B
    12 contributions
    Just an old town
    We were looking for something to do around Lake Havasu and someone suggested Oatman. It was kind of a disappointment. The old town was full of tourists and the main attraction was the burrows— which were absent. We were in a Jeep and were able to climb some of the dunes in the area and take pictures of the wildflowers. It was almost worth the trip to see them.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written March 23, 2023
  • sueme3
    350 contributions
    A fun little getaway from the noise of the casinos!
    We were staying in Laughlin, NV and rented a car to do a day trip over to Oatman, AZ as I had been here in the past with my mother. We used Google maps to guide us to this town which was a big mistake as Google took us down the quickest most direct path (Silver Creek Rd) but it turned out to be a path used by 4 wheel drive vehicles and ATV's. It was a scary drive in a automobile. Please be sure to take the Oatman Highway route which is paved. This town is a cute, quirky old mining town and it is a nice break from the noise of the casinos. There are many stores that sell touristy items and there are some restaurants. Also, at 1:30 pm they have a gun fight in the middle of town so the street is blocked off during this time so beware. If you are lucky enough, the burros will come down from the mountains & wander around the town as they are always looking for food handouts. We were there after a heavy rainstorm and the mountains were blooming with lots of greens & flowers so we didn't see the burros by the time we left around 2 pm. However, other people that stayed later in the day said the burros did make an appearance. Also, I specifically went to see Walter the orphan from Oatman's happy new life burro - check Walter out on Facebook as he is a real cutie!
    Visited March 2023
    Written April 4, 2023
  • Lorrie C
    38 contributions
    Don't drive past - Stop in!
    Fun little spot to visit. Best if you plan as you are traveling between cities as it is a bit of a drive. Lots of history. Feeding and photographing the donkeys was a hoot. Don't feed them on the road or you could get a ticket. Feeding is only allowed in town and several places sell food that is good for them.
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written April 17, 2023
  • Jean E
    Las Vegas, Nevada35 contributions
    Step back into frontier past
    A fun day to explore this 1 mile long town and see artifacts from earlier pioneer times. We managed to be put in jail while there (for a photo opp,). Lunch was really good at the local saloon. Worth the trip!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written June 15, 2023
  • Liz B
    13 contributions
    A small “ghost town” but a must stop when on Route 66.
    The highlight of our trip was their beloved donkeys, the authentic Old Western Buildings from the 1900s & the pretty 28 pairs of earrings I bought from one of their shopsd. The donkeys are wandering the main street sticking their heads in the shops, car windows & nudging people for treats! We visited the Oatman Hotel and placed a few one-dollar bills on the saloon's walls which is a tradition that has been alive for decades. We bought Thrifty ice cream for the kids & teenagers which was a treat in the blazing hot weather. We also arrived just in time for a wild-west shootout, just like in the movies!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 1, 2023
  • bobt354
    Birmingham, United Kingdom195 contributions
    Burrows a plenty
    Was unsure off taking the loop through Oatman, but so glad we did. It typifies everything about route 66. Old school with lots off 60s themed activities. Highlight being the Burrows, even followed me into a store. Why anyone has a complaint about this town I will never know.
    Visited October 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 9, 2023
  • mary p
    1 contribution
    CAN'T WAIT TO GO BACK
    We were staying in Lake Havasu and decided to go visit Oatman and Not disappointed. First of all the drive on Route 66 was awesome, I felt like I was in a Western movie. The scenery of the mountains and desert were amazing. Now on to Oatman, I love Donkeys so to me this was the best place ever! They are so friendly and come right up to you and follow you in the stores. We watched a gunfight, they have many stores for souveniers. They have an awesome Candy Shop and my Grandsons got to pan for gold and we got to go in a mine. There is alot of old stuff there to look at. I personally thought it was great and will definitely go back.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written October 9, 2023
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Mojca G
4 contributions
Nov. 2023 • Family
Very nice cawboy goast town, with a lot of donkeys, who live there freely. Every day they perform a robbery of the bank and then shooting each other to get the money. It was great.
There are a lot of stores with suveniers
Written November 16, 2023
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hook026
Soulsbyville, CA219 contributions
Oct. 2023 • Couples
Great experience exploring an old mining town of years gone by. Lots of shops/memorabilia/photos to take in, as well as kitzy tourist trinket places. Good fun while traveling old Route 66.
Written October 21, 2023
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Martha S
Bucerias, Mexico18 contributions
Sep. 2023 • Friends
Very quaint and well worth the somewhat torturous drive to get there. A little touristy but the burros were the stars
Written October 11, 2023
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mary p
1 contribution
Oct. 2023 • Family
We were staying in Lake Havasu and decided to go visit Oatman and Not disappointed. First of all the drive on Route 66 was awesome, I felt like I was in a Western movie. The scenery of the mountains and desert were amazing. Now on to Oatman, I love Donkeys so to me this was the best place ever! They are so friendly and come right up to you and follow you in the stores. We watched a gunfight, they have many stores for souveniers. They have an awesome Candy Shop and my Grandsons got to pan for gold and we got to go in a mine. There is alot of old stuff there to look at. I personally thought it was great and will definitely go back.
Written October 9, 2023
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Charles S
Lebanon, IN6 contributions
Nov. 2022 • Family
Great old Town on route 66. I recommend visiting this town. It has a history and it is very interesting!
Written October 6, 2023
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Trip17408740729
3 contributions
Aug. 2023 • Friends
Friendly town people, authentic feel to the town, walkable with slight incline.
Best part for me - wandering family of wild but tame donkeys!
Written September 10, 2023
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bobt354
Birmingham, UK195 contributions
Oct. 2022 • Couples
Was unsure off taking the loop through Oatman, but so glad we did.
It typifies everything about route 66. Old school with lots off 60s themed activities.
Highlight being the Burrows, even followed me into a store. Why anyone has a complaint about this town I will never know.
Written September 9, 2023
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WizardDad
Wollongong, Australia247 contributions
Sep. 2022
For a kitschy road trip catching some cheesy touristy spots I was pretty sure I had my disappointments well planned. I looked into Oatman before going and read lots of reviews and did some research. There's a real wave of love for Oatman online, which I can understand to an extent, however, I found the visit disappointing. There, I said it.

My expectations are very low so Oatman really had to work to get to my disappointment. It feels very commercial and I felt had an artificial flavour hidden underneath everything. Everything is geared around the donkeys with some mining thrown in but really leaves the history and authenticity unexplored.

There were only a few of the donkeys around and their attention was captured pretty quickly by a lady that had bought a whole bunch of feed and sat on the walkway and fed them for some time. It was pretty bare of donkeys otherwise so don't expect to be wandering amongst a herd as there might not be many there on the day.

Everything else was pretty much shopping in some form and I did buy a few souvenirs even amongst my disappointment. Really had a commercial side to the whole town but I'm guessing that's how most make their living.

Some of the countryside around the town was great and would've really loved for there to have been more places to pull over and get out to have a look. I managed in a few spots but never felt fully comfortable with it.
Written August 26, 2023
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Thesecretdiner
Hampshire, UK116 contributions
Sep. 2022 • Family
This is an amazing living "old ghost town" loads of little shups for browse though and the drive up to it is an experience in itself especially if you meet a big vehicle coming down the other way. Probably the biggest attraction is the donkeys wondering around which you can buy feed for in the village and then stop (we did on the way out) and feed them.
Written August 26, 2023
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John M
3 contributions
Aug. 2023 • Solo
A fun stop in a tourist town. Nice shops,big attraction is the wild donkeys
Wild donkeys in the town and outside
Written August 24, 2023
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