If you are interested in getting a feel for the “old west” and getting a taste of Arizona’s mining past, a great place to stop is Goldfield Ghost Town located on the east side of the Valley of the Sun between the Superstition Mountains and the Goldfield Mountains. . This fun, old western town is located near where the old gold mining town of Goldfield used to be during the gold rush era of 1890. News of the legend of the Lost Dutchman’s Mine brought plenty of miners to the area to seek their own fortunes. During the latter part of the 19th century, the bustling, mining town of Goldfield was home to at least 1,500 people. The growing town had three saloons, general store, blacksmith, brewery, butcher shop and school house and 50 or so gold mines in the area. When the ore quality dried up after about 5 years, so did the town and the miners moved on to better mining areas.
Although attempts to resurrect the area were made during the 1920’s, the area again only bloomed for about 5 years and then was basically abandoned for decades. In 1984, the Schoose family purchased the property. At the time, it had only a few crumbling buildings and foundations from a mine that had once existed in the area. Gradually, the family rebuilt the old town for the enjoyment of all.
Today, the old west replica of Goldfield Ghost Town is a fun place for young and old. You can walk around Main Street and shop in the old west shops, tour Lu Lu’s Bordello Museum and Gift shop, enjoy tasty cowboy steaks in the Mammoth Steakhouse and Saloon, pan for gold in the local mine and take an underground mine tour, enjoy jeep tours of the local area or explore via horseback. The town also has a reptile exhibit as well as hourly gunfights in Main street on the weekends. You can also ride on the Superstition Narrow Gauge Railroad on a 20 minute, mile and a half track around the property. Goldfield Ghost town is open daily from 10:00 A.M to 5 P.M with the saloon open from 11:00 A.M to 9:00 P.M. To get to Goldfield Ghost Town, take the Superstition Freeway (US-60) east to exit 196 Idaho Road/AZ 88 East. Turn left on Idaho Road and take it 2.3 miles to North Apache Trail. Turn Right on Apache Trail and go 4 miles. Turn left into the Ghost Town entrance at 4650 N. Mammoth Mine Road.