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Bonanza and Custer Ghost Town

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Address: Off ID-75 on the Yankee Fork Road, Challis National Forest, ID

The ghost towns of Custer and Bonanza are located in the Sawtooth National...

The ghost towns of Custer and Bonanza are located in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area by the town of Stanley, Idaho. Custer has been restored and tour guides offer tours during the summer months. Bonanza has not been restored and is a traditional ghost town. The Yankee Fork area is traveled and explored by tourists in the west quite extensively as it is located not far from Sun Valley, Idaho.

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We took my (80 yo) parents up the Yankee Fork to the ghost town of Custer. They have a great little museum and general store. The highlight for me was gold panning in the trough... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Port Angeles, Washington
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Port Angeles, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We took my (80 yo) parents up the Yankee Fork to the ghost town of Custer. They have a great little museum and general store. The highlight for me was gold panning in the trough - free of charge. Also, a must stop is the gold dredge tour to understand all the rock piles through the Yankee fork.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We spent the day in the ghost town of Custer (13 miles from Stanley).  We lucked out and found out it was the annual "Custer Day" with real gold panning,  homemade ice cream, Dutch oven peach cobbler, freshly made butter topped ctrackers, a street shoot-out, and other activities. All buildings were occupied with volunteers dressed in period clothes doing activities... More 

Thank Doc-squat
Jackson, Wyoming
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wow, this place is a must see if you are ever in the area. It's just like stepping back in time and visualizing how hard the miners had it during those days and will make you appreciate the things you have now.

Thank travelingmaddie
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016 via mobile

We took the tour of the dredge with my family early June. It was so neat to see inside. The gentleman that gave us the information was extremely knowledgeable. My boys and husband enjoyed all the history. The ghost town was a cool little spot of history of where the gold miners lived. Bring cash if you want anything in... More 

Thank Christy S
Rathdrum, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

It has been over 25 years since I toured this area, but it was an interesting adventure. I had not set out to find a ghost town, but I did anyway. I was on a return trip from visiting the west coast and had a book which told about all of the hot springs in Idaho and listed them by... More 

Thank Gerry E
Palo Alto, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

These ghost towns are accessed off Highway 75, northeast of Stanley. The junction is well-marked. The ghost towns are 10 miles from the highway. The access road is paved for 1/3-1/2 of the way; the rest is gravel. The summer was hot and dry, hence the gravel was no problem for our front-wheel-drive family sedan. The trip takes you up... More 

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Portland, Oregon, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

If you are in the area, take some time to step back in history and visit these places. Such a beautiful area! I loved both of them for different reasons. Bonanza is deserted and a true ghost town, Custer has been kept up with lots of historical information and a super-cool museum. Check both out if you can!

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Sacramento,California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

This gold dredge has been restored, and looks like it could start up tomorrow. The two huge diesel engines, generators, electric motors, and controls are there. The bucket lines are intact. The dredge was riveted together which is why it was not dismantled long ago. There are docents at the dredge to explain how everything worked, including a woman whom... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

We stopped at Sunbeam to see the "hot springs". There are a few old buildings and we went inside the old bath house. We visited the Sunbeam Dam, the ghost towns of Custer and Bonanza and the Yankee Fork Gold Dredge. The drive was "picturesque" and there was plenty of wildlife and interesting sites. The Sunbeam Dam on the Salmon... More 

2 Thank ilovetouring
New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

This ghost town is not big but still it is good to visit as it has restored a few of the houses and stores. It is good to imagine how people lived during those days. - 1877. It was interesting to see their ballot box. The restored Empire Saloon had cool drinks, which we needed during the hot day. This... More 

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