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
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Liz B
    11 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 1 August 2023
  • bobt354
    Birmingham, United Kingdom244 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 9 September 2023
  • mary p
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 9 October 2023
  • SB1114
    Irvine, California916 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Route 66 stop
    We had a fun visit! I had been here with our son years before, but unfortunately there was a huge biker ride taking place – so extremely crowded then. Finally got back with my spouse for a visit, and had a great time for a couple of hours walking around town and stopping for lunch.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 December 2023
  • Jl S
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great little day trip.
    Pretty cool little place. We drove about 2 hours to get there but it was well worth the drive. They have a couple of eatries and a couple of saloon style bars. there are some unique shops and its all very historical. The other thing is its on old route 66. It was also where clark Gable and Gene harlow spent their honeymoon. Their room is pretty much the way it was untouched. Very cool piece of hollywood history. The burros are fun. Very family friendly not expensive at all. All the people we met were very nice. Plan on being here about 3-4 hours and most things close up at about 5pm in the winter. December was a great time to go. It was not busy and no coat was needed, about 70 degrees or so.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 December 2023
  • Carlos
    10 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very crowded on a gorgeous day!
    Enjoyed the drive there from Vegas and back on 12/30/23. Great road trip. Love how people have started to put Christmas decorations on the bushes prior to entering Oatman. Didn't stop to walk around though; wayyy too crowded! They still allow parallel parking along the main drag, which is a narrow street to begin with. The sidewalks are narrow or non-existent in places, so people were walking on the road, blocking and slowing down traffic. Had my dogs with me but wasn't going to fight with the crowds, so we just passed thru. Glad to see burros still mingle among the non-natives!
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 31 December 2023
  • Ellen
    1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Popular for Western Experience
    Better when not crowded (?) Very busy on the Saturday our 10 person family went for first time. We had three small dogs and were warned several times about the possibility of the burros kicking them, so we were careful. Shopkeepers friendly and accommodating. Shootout corny but engaging and collects offerings for St. Jude’s. Most direct drive is over dirt road from Bullhead City, quite a bit longer on paved roads.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 January 2024
  • Jeff
    Colusa, California5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Neat place to visit.
    Neat place in the middle of nowhere. The wild burros were cute, but not so wild because they are being fed by all the visitors. Interesting to see the off-road SUV’s running through town. Looks like there is a lot of area for riding nearby.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 February 2024
  • Happiness07466206966
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A place time forgot
    This wide spot on route 66 is well worth stopping and checking out.. if you happen to be there at the right time of day ,they put on a old time shoot out in the street . Be sure to guard any food you by at the shops ,or a burro will sneak up on you and steal it from you. They are experts!! Stop in the dollar bill bar /reausrant and count the money. Many things to see and dream of what it was like a 100 years ago . Take your time and explore all the shops.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 March 2024
  • Christine C
    3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Neat Little Town - And the Burros!!
    What a great way to spend half a day. We drove from Las Vegas while on vacation, took a bit over 2 hours. The burros were friendly, but they are wild, so they can get a little bossy. You can buy donkey feed for $1.00, rather than to feed them stuff that is bad for them. They are gentle taking food from your hands. We did see one steal a bag of treats, empty it out and eat the bag! It was a good day!
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 16 April 2024
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Beatrice M
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Family
This town sounded like a great place to take my kids…it advertised a Pioneer town with gunfight shows, burros and old-timey feel. The town was underwhelming, no gunfight show, not many open stores, shops were full of junk. Burros were super cute though. But no need to visit or ever return to this Right Wing town with Maga flags everywhere.
Written 23 June 2024
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Heather
Las Vegas, NV1,218 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Friends
This is definitely not a ghost town. The burros really do have the run of the town though. A result of that is there's poop everywhere, and in the summer it's an overwhelming smell. The town itself is basically a small street with several shops; many of them are all selling the same souvenirs. The history of the town is more interesting if you want to take the time to read about it online.
Written 20 June 2024
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Tracey P
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Will never EVER return to oatman. Broke down just outside their town. Part under warranty went out. Instead of offering help their fire dept towed me three miles (not carefuilly) in to the desert nowhere and left me and my service dog that has cancer to die. Didn't ask if we had food or water. Didn't came back to check on us. I would not recommend giving them your money for the cheaply made garbage they sell no matter how much they smile in your face. Better rocks in Quartzsite if that's what you're after and you can feed donkeys anywhere in the surrounding area.
Written 29 May 2024
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Rochelle A
Hurricane, UT52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
A great road trip that is fun for the whole family! We now can see why Oatman is such a fun stop off the beaten path. Cute burros, nice people, and lots of history.
Written 26 May 2024
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Susan B
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Well worth visiting but I have to let you know that it is NOT pet friendly! I had my 4lb dog in a carrier and spent the entire time avoiding the burros. Most of the people were very friendly and the restaurant was amazing! Pulled pork sandwich was delicious! Just would have enjoyed it much more without a pet. Burros do not like dogs!
Written 23 May 2024
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tfitch62
Charlottesville, VA3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Somewhat of a challenging drive into Oatman, but a good time. Town roads are covered with small loose gravel. Had a great breakfast at the Oatman Hotel Restaurant. Wild donkeys roam the street and were friendly to people. They were not, however, friendly to our 30 pound dogs. They tried repeatedly to stomp the dogs. Quick acting shop owners sprang into action - yelling at us to pick the dogs up while they ran interference. Could have gone very wrong very quickly. We'll go back, but leave the dogs behind.
Written 19 May 2024
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Frank S
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
A fascinating & fun experience; educational information about the mining days of the 1800's there and how when the mining stopped, the miles they used to work the mines were set free to roam - fend for themselves and thus how today's generations are now wild & protectively roaming on BLM land. I sometimes wish people would stop calling these types of historic towns tourist traps. There is a lot of education & cultural history you can't find anywhere else. It,'s worth the trip!
Written 17 May 2024
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Have Camera, Will Travel
South Bend, IN3,617 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We added Oatman as a stop between Vegas the the Grand Canyon. It was a good detour as the drive into town was pretty and also pretty exciting. We walked around the shops, fed the burros, and checked out the photo ops and stuff. It was busy, even on a Wednesday in March. We parked at a little lot just into town where you put a few dollars in a barrel. We walked up one side of the street and back down the other, stopping at shops and the Hotel, just to peek inside. We were there about an hour and a half or so and had fun.

It is a must stop if you are doing Route 66 and I think it was worth the detour if you have the time and are in the Kingman, AZ area.
Written 2 May 2024
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Christine C
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
What a great way to spend half a day. We drove from Las Vegas while on vacation, took a bit over 2 hours. The burros were friendly, but they are wild, so they can get a little bossy. You can buy donkey feed for $1.00, rather than to feed them stuff that is bad for them. They are gentle taking food from your hands. We did see one steal a bag of treats, empty it out and eat the bag! It was a good day!
Written 17 April 2024
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Happiness07466206966
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
This wide spot on route 66 is well worth stopping and checking out.. if you happen to be there at the right time of day ,they put on a old time shoot out in the street . Be sure to guard any food you by at the shops ,or a burro will sneak up on you and steal it from you. They are experts!! Stop in the dollar bill bar /reausrant and count the money. Many things to see and dream of what it was like a 100 years ago . Take your time and explore all the shops.
Written 14 March 2024
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