Oatman, Arizona: Living Ghost Town - Burros and Gunfights
- Route 66, Oatman, AZ
- I-40 exit 44. Follow the signs for Oatman, 23 miles. From California, its about 30 miles east of Needles. Motorhomes will have problems coming from the Kingman, Arizona side due to the switchbacks. Long wheelbase vehicles should approach Oatman via hwy 95 from I-40 at the Topock exit at the AZ/CA border.
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Chaotic Old West street of wandering burros and free gunfights. Roadsideamerica.com Report...
Visitor Tips and News About Living Ghost Town - Burros and Gunfights
Please do not feed carrots to the burros. The sugar in carrots causes the burros all kinds of health problems, and the wonderful town of Oatman and its people have been threatened with losing their burros and having them relocated. I have attached a picture that shows the fatty tumors on the neck of one of the burros. Please help to keep the burros in Oatman![Jessica K, 07/11/2012]
Oatman's burros have become fat from all the treats -- and not just carrots -- fed to them by visitors. The town has launched a campaign to discourage tourists from feeding the burros, much like Yellowstone has for years discouraged visitors from feeding bears.
Tons of burros everywhere! Great ice cream! Awesome time![Jon And Alli, 06/30/2012]
The donkeys are very friendly and tame, although there are signs warning people not to harass or try to ride them. Most of the shops sell carrots so people don't feed them junk food.
It is part of the legendary highway 66, so some of the shops cater to bikers selling Harley t-shirts. But Oatman is strictly a walk-through town. The donkeys rule the dirt roads![Beth Xavier, 02/09/2010]
I needed to get out of southern California so ... I loaded up the little Datsun diesel truck and headed for Oatman, Arizona, some 300 miles away. I had heard wild burros roam the streets of this miners' ghost town turned tourist attraction. It's true! This is NOT the likes of Calico, where you park, pay admission, and go on tours and rides. Oatman is still a functioning town -- there are shops selling tee shirts, antiques, paintings, leather work, and of course ... the Oatman Hotel bar serving adult beverage.
While there, a mobile home burst into flames about 2/10ths of a mile south of town. Quite the smokey event, which brought out a lot of residents to watch. Fire department took at least 15 minutes to arrive, which means there wasn't much to save. Oh well.
The Oatman Hotel has a lot of history which you will see when you walk inside. Don't want to spoil the surprise waiting.[Philip, 09/08/2006]