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“Fascinating ghiost town and exhibits”

Castle Dome Mines Museum & Ghost Town
Ranked #2 of 52 things to do in Yuma
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Owner description: Please call for reservations during the warmer months "What you will see here is a remnant town which stood larger than Yuma in 1878. Her weather beaten buildings remain great day trip in the lower Colorado river in an area little changed from the 1800's. The mills stand silent, housing original boiler, stamp mill, and elevator, as if tomorrow they will awaken to the thunderous roar of steel crushing rock. The boardwalks still creak, the church bell rings out, the five saloons just await the story of their last shootout. Over 50 building in 3 areas are now open, with more history being added. April 15 through September you will need to call for hours. October 1st through April 30th we are open 7 days a week.
Reviewed April 6, 2013

This is a way out of Yuma, and a fair drive along a reasonable dirt road, so make sure you check where you are going before you set off.

It is a fascinating site, with many buildings filled with the belongings of those who used to live there, or other items from the right period.

You aren't allowed to take backpacks into the ghost town to help prevent things going missing.

As well as the ghost town there is an areas of fenced off mine shafts to wander around.

It is a great place to explore and all the family would probably find it interesting.

1  Thank midlandsmoggy
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Reviewed March 30, 2013

I found this place off of a TripAdvisor search. We saw a few people on the 10 mile dirt road looking a little confused, as if to say 'are we going the right way?!' but paid them no mind and made it here all the same. Huge photo opportunities at this place, I was so glad to have packed my camera - I was on a long business trip and don't normally pack it. A good time was had by all, spent about 2.5 hours reading all the stories and meandering about the old mines and graveyards. It isn't what I expected of a 'Ghost Town' since it seemed to be kept up well but you still got the feeling of what life was like back in 1880s to the 1950s.

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Reviewed March 14, 2013

They've relocated buildings of a former mining town so that you can imagine what it was like to live here back in the wild west. So much stuff here (buildings, artifacts, gravesite, mine sites) that you could spend hours if you were so inclined. Doesn't feel too "ghosty" since everything is rather jammed together, but quite a site to see if you are interested in history of the West. Great opportunity for photos.

1  Thank ArizonaDawna
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Reviewed March 12, 2013

Had a wonderful time with the grandchildren! They truly enjoyed the adventure and the asking of so many questions as to how life must have been! Loved the chapel and the general store. The setting is great!!!! Great time!!!

1  Thank amazedhappy
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Reviewed February 28, 2013

The Castle Dome is actually a peak in the Kofa Wildlife Refuge of 1,000 square miles. The photo with this "attraction" is actually a nearby museum. Taking a dirt road (after 2 miles) off Hwy 95 north of Yuma there is a road Castle Dome Mine Road at mile marker 55. Drive north on this road for about ten miles to a mining museum (this is a private enterprise, not part of the refuge). Continue past the museum on a worsening dirt road. This section of road will require a high clearance vehicle. A normal passenger car can park at Junction 75 to explore the area. You can either follow 4x4 roads through the park or hike cross country, as there are few trails (the Palm Canyon hike is via another Refuge entrance further north of Castle Dome Mine Road).

You can hike to the peak from a wash north of the peak, but please research this route on your topo before attempting on your own.

The park is beautiful and wild, but the lack of trails and the very crumbly, rotten rock makes for difficult navigation, in my opinion.

Please respect the big horn sheep, keep your distance, and dogs on leash.

2  Thank LM4u
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