Goldfield Ghost Town

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Goldfield Ghost Town
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Historic Sites • Ghost Towns
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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This abandoned old mining town, which has been refurbished as a tourist attraction, includes a mine tour, rides and shops.
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Xaby1
California43 contributions
Mixed feelings on this place, I would give it 3.5 stars. We came on a Saturday and it was outrageously busy. There were lines for everything and the crush of people at the live shoot out shows made it a lot less fun. That being said, if you can catch this place when it is less busy, it might be a lot more fun. Admission is free but everything else costs money. $2 for 18 shots/60 sec at the toy/game shooting gallery, $12 each for a mine tour (the mine isn't real/reconstructed loosely from the original) and around $10 each for the museum tours (can't comment on these as we didn't go in). If you only have a day or half day, I would recommend that you skip this place and head over to the Lost Dutchman State Park for some hiking instead; our visit to that state park saved our trip out here and was one of my most favorite activities during our trip.
Written November 28, 2021
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noahsmommy
Westerville, OH227 contributions
This was our first time to the Goldfield Ghost Town and we loved it! We booked a 4x4 jeep tour that left from the town, so we took some time before the tour to look around.

I won't spoil it for you, but the back story of the town is really interesting! There is a main street with several fun gift shops to wander through. There's an old Mercantile that has a lot of fun things you might remember from your childhood (I'm 47), it as a good old fashioned candy counter, homemade fudge, and lots of gift ideas. The decor inside is really fun to look at.

There are a couple other shops - one that sells just cactus (packed up for you to take home!), one that sells decor and jewelry, one that sells ironwork type decor, and another similar to the mercantile where you can find a little bit of everything. There is a fantastic old church that you can go inside, a jail you can peek into, an old brothel type building, an ice cream shop, and several attractions that you can pay extra for (train tour, mine tour, zipline).

The scenery in the area is incredible and you will find yourself nearly at the base of the Superstition Mountains. You can't beat the views in all directions!

Totally worth a day trip! We highly recommend Apache Trail Tours that is based out of an old building in the town. We took a 2-hour 4x4 tour and LOVED it!!!
Written April 2, 2022
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PAboyinFL
Ocala, FL1,150 contributions
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This is apparently a very popular attraction as there were a lot more people than we expected to find. It is located at an old ghost town, but is more active than a ghost town would normally be. There are a lot of old buildings that now house museums, shops, and attractions, most requiring an entrance fee. You can walk the grounds and see a live gunfight for free. This was a nice stop on our trip between Phoenix and Tucson.

Be aware, there are public restrooms available, but they only handle one at a time, so one of the longest lines of the day will be to use the restroom 🤔
Written December 26, 2021
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divaw0rld
Richfield, WI443 contributions
We've been to Arizona many times and although we've driven the Superstition Mountain trail several times, we always bypassed Goldfield. With our grandsons visiting this year, we decided to check out the Ghost Town. It was well worth the visit. All of us had a good time. We toured the mine, and our tour guide gave us great information about how a mine was run in the 1890s. The illusion of descending deep into the mine was very well done, and my grandson was asked to 'pick the underground level' to which our elevator would take us. We visited the Museum, and it included a wealth of mining artifacts, including items that were original to the Ghost Town. The replica gold bar, the only unauthentic item in the Museum, was interesting, especially for folks who have never seen one (real or replicated). My grandsons enjoyed the Shooting Gallery. Although we didn't visit all of them, Goldfield has a restaurant (which emitted enticing odors as we walked by), gift shops, a hot sauce shop, 'brothel,' apothecary, bakery, and other businesses representative of the era. We're glad we visited, and highly recommend Goldfield Ghost Town for family fun (bring plenty of bucks!).
Written March 4, 2020
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SnL
Phoenix, AZ31 contributions
We had a great time exploring for our first visit. However, if you are concerned about COVID safety...it’s a mask optional place. More importantly, the tour of the mine shaft puts you in very close proximity, including packing into an elevator while the guide continues to talk and share about how packed the minors were. Train ride has you seated side-by-side, which is at least in fresh air, or in a mostly enclosed caboose which is fine if just one family, however it can get warm and stuffy in there.

There’s a few fun things to do and I still recommend it for an outing. Just be aware if you are Covid concerned. (We did not do all of the tours so I don’t know about them. )

FYI, there is a combo ticket which can save you a little money, and the automobile club discount was at the counter of the store near the train but was not offered at the mine.

Also, bring some smaller bills to tip all of the tour guides and show. I believe I heard most are volunteers and I’m sure they greatly appreciate everything they are given.
Written April 13, 2021
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Debbie B
Columbia, MD21 contributions
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My husband and I went here because we had an hour to kill before our Dolly Steamboat ride at Canyon Lake. I would not put this Ghost Town anywhere near the top of my list of things to do on vacation. We walked around, shopped (nice stores) and only tried one attraction - the Mystery Shack - out of sheer curiosity. We asked the desk attendant what was in the Mystery Shack and he said it was like a fun house. We paid the senior citizen discount of $8 each and were the only ones on the guided “tour” which lasted 10 minutes. The guide talked in a complete monotone like he was reading something on a piece of paper for the millionth time. There were some interesting oddities in the shack - balls that rolled uphill and water that poured from a spigot with no pipes. At one point the floor was tilted so it felt a little weird walking on it. Children would probably like it more than we did. The entire town was rebuilt for tourists but in actuality, this was a real town at one point where they mined gold in 1893.
Written May 4, 2022
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Nels A
Gaithersburg, MD179 contributions
This was a fortuitous find. I was in the area geocaching and they have a great geocache on this property. I was very surprised to find an 1890s restored mining town with shops, tours, merchandise, and good food. The Saloon was busy and I felt right at home with all the western decoration and cowboy hats.
There are a bunch of different shops to check out, goldmine tours, a shooting gallery, a free gunfight show, and a museum. Most of the attractions cost money, but it is free to come and wander through the town. I had dinner in the saloon, a good burger accompanied by live music. It was a nice stop and a great evening.

There are multiple parking lots, so if the first is filled up, keep going to the back lot which is larger and closer to the saloon.
Written March 22, 2020
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Trevor P
Regina, Canada475 contributions
Definitely a tourist trap, but still pretty cool to see and lots of equipment still around the area. Walking up and down the town was interesting to see. Sadly, there were a lot of drunk people around that were loud and rude. Even some of the staff were appreciative to have someone quiet and polite come in.
Written March 6, 2022
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Lynette51
Santa Barbara, CA1,124 contributions
This is definitely a tourist trap but very popular. It has a little of everything from the Mystery Shack, Mine tour, train ride (which was broken), reptile exhibit, shooting gallery and of course the gunfighters fighting it out on the main street. There's lots to see and do. Plenty of parking but I suggest you get there early as it does fill up. There is a restaurant on site - the Mammoth Steakhouse & Saloon and it is very popular.
Written April 3, 2022
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Trevor S
Chicago, IL48 contributions
It's nice enough to take a walk around, but unless you're willing to spend a good bit of money then it is hard to last more than 45 minutes or so. Panning for gems was a hit with our kids, and the gunfight was a nice attraction. Definitely better for smaller groups.
Written January 11, 2022
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