Goldfield Ghost Town
Step back in time to the Wild West at Goldfield Ghost Town, an old gold mining town located on the historic Apache Trail. Back in the 1890s, Goldfield boasted 3 saloons, a boarding house, general store, blacksmith shop, brewery, meat market and a schoolhouse. However, the local mine declined and the town died a slow painful death. Stroll down Main Street (cowboy boots are optional!) and explore the many shops, attractions and buildings. There's a whole host of interesting places to discover in this reconstructed town, which is the perfect place for a family day out.
Go underground for the Goldfield Mine Tour, which takes around 25 minutes. The knowledgeable guides take you back a hundred years to tell you about the history of the mine, the town and tell you a little about the mining equipment and operations. Feel the mineshaft shake from exploding dynamite.
For more fun with gold, stop in at the Prospector's Place to pan for gold. You will be guided and taught by a true gold historian who will show you the proper way to pan for gold. Any gold you find is yours to keep! Children will love this entertaining and educational activity. Goldfield's Historic Museum meanwhile has interesting exhibits on the history of the area, including an exhibit on the Lost Dutchman gold mine, which is perhaps the most famous mine in the country, even though no one knows where it is.
The Wild West was a dangerous place, so you might require training. Test your gunslinging skills at the Eagle Eye Shooting Gallery, where you'll shoot interactive targets and compete against your friends and family. Browse the unique guns and bullets on sale. If you prefer just to watch the experts, there's free gun shows every hour, with daring gunfights from cowboys and cowgirls that are sure to keep you entertained. Old fashioned travel Get around in cowboy style by saddling up for an incredible horseback ride with the town stables. Let their guides and horses guide you around one of the most iconic mountainous regions of the Southwest.
Prefer to travel on wheels?
The Narrow Gauge Railroad's 36" gauge train will chug around a mile and a half of track circling the town. The tour, which lasts 20 minutes, gives you the history of Goldfield, the Superstition Mountains, and the desert southwest in general. A wild, wild time There are many different merchants and attractions at this recreated mining town which help add to the realism of the experience. Stop in at the saloon and steakhouse for a hearty cowboy meal and drinks with authentic decor and vintage artifacts surrounding you. Have your picture taken in historical scenes or explore the jeweler, apothecary and various food stores. Alternatively, stop into the reptile exhibit where you'll find a number of snakes and lizards on display. One thing's for sure, you won't forget your trip to Goldfield Ghost Town in a hurry.