Arizona Old West Ghost Towns
Looking for an Arizona old west ghost town experience on your vacation? Imagine what it was like here in the desert when the area was booming with mining towns.
We have compiled some of the more popular areas to experience Arizona's old western influence and ghost towns by the areas they are located in.
Old West Ghost Towns in Phoenix
Rawhide is a convenient spot in the city to experience a recreated old west town. Bring the whole family for a day of fun at Rawhide.
Bull Riding - If you want an authentic old western experience, stop by the Hitching Post in Apache Junction. Every Thursday and Saturday night they have live bull riding. Buffalo Chip Saloon in Cave Creek has live bull riding every Wednesday and Friday night. Hogs and Horses in Cave Creek often has Wild West Shows and live bull riding as well. The Roadrunner Restaurant and Saloon in New River has live bull riding every Saturday night.
The Natural History Museum is a great museum to explore what it was like to live in Arizona hundreds and even thousands of years ago. It is a nice area to pan for gold for kids too.
Tortilla Flat is located along the historic Apache Trail. Tortilla Flat is a reconstructed stagecoach stop with a general store, a saloon, a tiny museum, restaurant all along a wooden boardwalk.The only place we can find that sells prickly pear ice cream.
Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show is an internationally renowned annual event in Scottsdale. This event has over 25 demonstrations and shows and thousands of Arabian horse lovers converge upon Westworld in February.
Wickenburg prides itself in staying true to their old western roots. So much so that Wickenburg is ranked in the Top Ten True Western Towns by True West Magazine. They have several annual "western" events including The Gold Rush Days & Rodeo, Bluegrass Festival & Fiddle Championship, and the Cowboy Poetry Gathering.
Old West Ghost Towns in Tucson
Old Tucson Studios was originally created in the late 1930's as a replica of a 1860's Tucson for a movie set. In the 1960's it was restored and reopened as both a film studio and a tourist attraction. Today you can see old movie memorabilia,buildings from movie sets, watch stuntman shows.
Tombstone is most famous for the gunfight at OK Corral between the Earp brothers and the McLaury brothers. Tombstone is an old west town that was once booming because of all of the silver in the mines. It is also the location of "The World's Largest Rose."
Old West Ghost Towns in North Central Arizona
Jerome was once known as a bustling rowdy copper mining town. Today it is a tiny vertical town with wonderful views of the Verde Valley. There are museums and many historical buildings to explore. Jerome's population dwindled down to as few as 50 people after the mines closed in the early 1950's. Today it is a popular tourist destination where you can experience the old west mining town and take in the gorgeous views.
Prescott boasts the oldest rodeo show held annually in June. If you're looking to see some old fashion cowboys and bull riding visit Prescott the week of July 4th to be part of a tradition since 1888.
Chloride is an old mining camp ghost town near Kingman. Chloride is the oldest mining town in Arizona. At its peak more than 5,000 residents called Chloride home.
Old West Ghost Towns in North West Arizona
Oatman is a cool town located off the classic Route 66. Wild burros hang out on the wooden boardwalks downtown. If you want a true old west feeling, a trip to Oatman should be on your list.