Location: Oatman, Arizona
If you are looking for a new adventure, something not many people get to do, I’m here to tell you that Oatman, AZ is the place. Whether you just have an interest in old Westerns, or you just happen to love donkeys, Oatman, AZ is the place for you.
Oatman is a small old West mining town situated along the old Route 66. It’s only about a 2 hour drive from Las Vegas and it’s a beautiful trip through the desert.
Some might call it an old ghost town, but today its very much alive. The first thing you will notice is the charming old dirt roads and wooden sidewalks, the second thing you can’t miss is the abundance of wild donkeys throughout the town.
Locals call them “burros” which is just the Spanish name for donkey. They are direct descendants of the original donkeys used by the miners in the 1800’s and are part of the unique history of Oatman.
Whatever you want to call them, they are definitely part of the attraction to Oatman. Most of the local shops sell donkey food and treats to feed them, although occasionally you will see a sign in the town that says “Don’t feed the donkeys”. The donkeys are pretty friendly and seem to enjoy being petted. They definitely enjoy the treats.
Seriously, the donkeys are everywhere throughout the town.
If you’re into the paranormal, there’s some of that for you in Oatman too. You can have a paranormal experience at the Oatman Hotel which is known for its ghost, “Oatie”, an old miner formally named William Ray Flour. Oatie is known to turn of lights, lift glasses, and some other strange phenomenon from time to time. There are other ghosts that roam the hotel from time to time also. Its common to hear whispering and laughing in empty rooms throughout the hotel.
And for even more entertainment, you can check out a real life (well kind of) Wild West shoot out in the street. This is done by The Oatman Ghost Rider Gunfighters, who are the oldest gunfighter group in Arizona.
Immerse yourself in the Wild West and check out Oatman, AZ on your next adventure!