I am a sucker for Ghost Towns and when I found out Arizona had a handful I made it my mission to find them and take in all their glory. Goldfield Ghost Town was surprisingly under a half an hour from my house so it was only natural that it was our first stop. Have you ever wanted to visit a ghost town but weren’t sure where to go?
Goldfield Ghost Town in Apache Junction, Arizona was established in 1893 and it’s the gateway to the legendary superstition mountains. Walking down Mainstreet, you’ll see why this is a very popular attraction to visit.
If you are heading to Goldfield, entertain the idea of grabbing an Airbnb for the evening and watch the sunset on the Superstition Mountains. Sun rays hit the mountainside and it just glows. It’s absolutely beautiful to see. When you use my link for Airbnb you get a $40 credit to use right away!
Goldfield Ghost Town in Arizona
Back in the Day
Keep in mind that Goldfield wasn’t always a ghost town. In fact, it used to be a booming town with 3 saloons, a blacksmith shop, brewery, meat market and much more. Slowly the town died and people started to leave. This gold mining town has had several attempts to restart, but just never did. Therefore, you can see it today as a ghost town.
Attractions in Goldfield
Do you love exploring ghost towns? Thankfully, Goldfield Ghost Town allows you to visit and explore as much as you want. One thing to note while visiting is that all the buildings are individually owned and operated and the majority only accept CASH for payment. There is an ATM on site if you need to get cash, however.
Superstition Zipline: A fun zip line that allows you to see the town in all its glory. You’ve never been able to see the town, quite like this.
Superstition Narrow Gauge Railroad: Learn about the history of Goldfield, the Superstition Mountains, and the desert in general. You can get discounted admission tickets for the Train Ride, Mystery Shack, and the Mine tour if you purchase them in the bundle they offer. Again, cash only.
The train ride takes you around the perimeter of the entire town, and the conductor narrates about the different mine shafts that are in the area. There is also discussion on the mountain ranges and the views are amazing.
Goldfield Gunfighters: These free shows happen every hour and witness the antics that used to be pulled back in the day.
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The Mystery Shack: When it comes to a big mystery, this shack is full of it. I love the mystery of this part of Goldfield. If was really interesting to try to walk through this without falling. You could lean so far over and look like you were standing straight up.
Goldfield’s Historical Museum: The perfect place to catch up with all the history of Goldfield. So much history on the Lost Dutchman and the many maps that people had to find his mine. This was a great attraction and very inexpensive. You can pick up this book in the Museum if you’d like as well. My kids really loved it and read it in a matter of days.
Pan for gold at Gold Panning at Prospector’s Palace – We were bummed this was closed when we were there. The town closes right at 5 pm and becomes eerily dead by 5:01 pm.
Check out Lulu’s Bordello at Goldfield and check out the history of women.
Practice your target aim at Eagle Eye Shooting Gallery.
Grab a bite to eat at the Mammoth Steakhouse & Saloon at Goldfield!
Whether you order a burger or a steak, you’re sure to love everything about this saloon. It feels like a bit of history mixed with a modern menu and it’s fabulous. There are old boots hanging from the ceiling with RIP dates on the bottom.
My visit to Goldfield Ghost Town made my day. Seeing a ghost town has always been on my bucket list. I loved how this ghost town brought the past to life. Being a huge history fanatic, it was so nice being able to explore and learn.