Oatman Ghost Town

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Oatman Ghost Town
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Noah S
Soldotna, AK72 contributions
Family
Would have been more to review had me made it for the show at noon and 2:15pm but ended up arriving close to 5pm when everything was shutting down. We still were able to get some food (purchase for $1) to feed the burros roaming around the streets and walk down the picturesque street. The burros were very friendly but lost some interest if you didn't have any feed for them. Driving into Oatman was a beautiful tight windy road and many more burros were observed and were just as friendly. Slow down too much and they come right over to your car. This is a great family activity.
Written March 4, 2021
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Jim T
Kenai, AK875 contributions
Friends
Another great time enjoyed it Oatman. Despite the fact that it was a weekday, in November, Oatman was still a very busy place. We enjoyed wandering up and down the boardwalks checking into some of the stores. We especially liked looking at the antique farm implements no doubt gathered from the area.

The only complaint that we had was that there was only one restaurant open and it was packed the entire time we were there. We had look forward to having lunch with our friends whom we hadn’t seen in over five years.

As always the wild donkeys were wandering town, looking for handouts and pleasing the crowds looking for photographs. We did find that there were fewer donkeys in the area now that BLM had gathered up many of them and placed them up for adoption.

So take a day and drive to Oatman either from the east side, Kingman Arizona or from the west side. Either way you’ll have a great drive and no doubt enjoy a good time in Oatman.
Written November 15, 2021
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nancistevens@aol.com
Chula Vista, CA2 contributions
This town/ village is amazing. There are lots of little shops along the road to get little gifts. There were burros just roaming the street like they owned the place! Quite amazing! You can buy burro treats for 1$ - so worth it since you will make furry friends really easy with little treats! BTW- i guess carrots and bananas are not good for the little guys- So don't bother bringing them!

The history in this town goes back so far that you will want to talk to the locals and get little bits of info every time you go. Do not forget 1$ bills. There are a few places that you can sign and leave a 1$ at to become a part of the history of the town. Another thing worth doing I think.

We will be going back next month to hopefully see more burros and enjoy more tidbits of the history of this amazing little village. And of course to pet and feed the lovable burros. =)

Oh and we were there when "Walter" was there.. He is the cutest Mayor ever! Make sure you try to find him if you go. He is usually with his human dad walking the streets to make sure everyone has a great time!
Written February 24, 2020
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Steve M
Oak Park, IL129 contributions
Solo
Biggest disappointment of my entire Rte 66 trip. I respect everyone's right to their beliefs and free expression, but I found the entire town to be a turnoff. The burros were vastly outnumbered by the Trump signs, Confederate flags and derogatory Biden signs. The big motorcycle rally was coming up, so maybe they're just playing to their audience.
Written May 17, 2022
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Carolyn H
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Family
Oatman Arizona, little over two hours from Las Vegas in a good hour from Laughlin Arizona. This is a small town built back in the 1900s where the donkeys roam the streets, and you can kind of step back in time and see this quaint little town as you walk the streets visit the shops. They do offer a western show I believe at 11 and 2:15 in the afternoon, the town mostly closes up some of the stores around 4 PM. So timing is everything.
Written May 4, 2022
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Gel619
San Diego, CA21 contributions
First I want to address one of the reviews (ghost town.....really) first I happened to be there when you were there. Before the donkeys atacked her dogs and the shop keeper made the coment she was told by 3 other shop keepers to keep her dog in her hand away from the donkeys. She made the choice not to. Also as soon as you park there is a sign warning you about the donkeys not liking dogs. Also on EVERY BUILDING. If you research Oatman you see very quickly about NO DOGS. You were irresponsible. Learn to research where you are going, OK Now that I am done with that.

Oatman is amazing little town. Yes its a tourist trap but so is everytown on route 66. The donkeys were so gentle with my nephew, But i have to admit my favorite part and the reason i will return was watching how the locals interacted with the donkeys, The hotel employee who would come out and pet one when ever it stopped at the door. The shop owner who greeted them all by name as they were walking up to her as she was feeding them, The shop keeper who saved me as I got nervous with one, LOL. It was great to see. Next time I want to spend more time and maybe stay at the hotel. The whole town was a blast,
Written May 30, 2021
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cindy s
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Oatman AZ 20 yrs ago was worth the trip. Plenty of history and burros. A recent trip on December 29 2021 was disappointing to say the least. The once historic site is not worth visiting again. Full of tourist junk shops with tshirts and china crap. overrun with tourists. The real town died and left this empty shell. Great loss. Buildings such as the oatman cafe and the oatman hotel are horribly run down and overused. Dirty, signs are fading and the whole place needs a bath. and the burros ... still there of course. Although one did kick a small child .. now there is a memory for her. sorry oatman .. somewhere in the last 20yrs you made the wrong choice to attract visitors.
Written January 2, 2022
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Mary Greenspan
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What an excellent experience visiting Oatman, AZ. and a fun day trip. Lots of shops and merchandise, interesting things to see and petting the Donkeys was a great thrill. Fast Fannie's shop is filled with quality merchandise including whimsical wind chimes and authentic Native American jewelry all at reasonable prices. The food at the Hotel was delicious and the service was quick and friendly.
Written May 9, 2022
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Moovis
Mesa, AZ149 contributions
They don't tell you this on the website when you are planning your trip, but the wild donkeys that roam the town think that dogs are coyotes, and coyotes in the wild are the donkeys' mortal enemies. After we made the 3-1/2 hour drive to get to Oatman WITH the family dog, several locals informed us that the donkeys have been known to pick up dogs in their mouths and shake them to death. And there are signs all over town about this....would have been nice to know in advance. So, here I am, with my beloved dog, which, after spending a minute and a half in the town, I have learned is not welcome to be there. Rude locals and shop owners are shouting at me, "Are you CRAZY bringing that dog here???" No, but it would have been nice to know this beforehand. So, hubby sits on a bench in front of the Post Office with the dog, staying out of the way of humans and donkeys alike while I go check out the town. No fun for them!

Yes, the donkeys are very cute and are everywhere. Saw two of them fighting among themselves, so yes, you have to be careful around them....never know when you might get kicked or something, even if it's inadvertently. But for the most part, they seemed docile. You buy Donkey Chow from the shops on the street for a couple of bucks and feed them. They'll eat out of your hand, or you can put the food on the ground and a slew of them will cluster around it and eat. It's cute, and does provide great photo and selfie ops. Just leave the dog at home.
Written March 3, 2020
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wormcreative
Scottsdale, AZ568 contributions
Loved this small quirky donkey filled town. The Escape Room was a highlight and really fun experience. Cute shops, fun restaurant filled with $$$$$$, and friendly donkeys roaming the streets. The surrounding scenery is beautiful, especially in the early morning and sunset light.
Written March 7, 2022
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