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Goldfield Ghost Town

Superstition Mountains Area, Arizona

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  • This 20-minute trail ride departs daily every 35 minutes in a 1.5-mile narrated tour around the town.- Goldfield Ghost Town
  • The Goldfield Train Station is the hub for a narrow, 36-inch gauge railroad and a diesel train pulling a passenger car and a caboose!- Goldfield Ghost Town
  • The Plymouth Mercantile is an excellent stop for some souvenir shopping.- Goldfield Ghost Town
  • The views from the mercantile are unbeatable!- Goldfield Ghost Town
  • Entrance into Goldfield.- Goldfield Ghost Town
  • Several shops throughout the town bring back history with modern day shopping opportunities.- Goldfield Ghost Town
  • Sunset over Goldfield.- Goldfield Ghost Town
  • The Superstition Mountains in the background.- Goldfield Ghost Town
  • The town offers a free walking tour with several historical buildings and old mining equipment.- Goldfield Ghost Town
  • The town offers a free walking tour with several historical buildings and old mining equipment.- Goldfield Ghost Town
  • The town offers a free walking tour with several historical buildings and old mining equipment.- Goldfield Ghost Town
  • Views from Goldfield Ghost Town.- Goldfield Ghost Town
  • The town offers a free walking tour with several historical buildings and old mining equipment.- Goldfield Ghost Town
  • The Mystery Shack, where all ghostly activities occur. See for yourself!- Goldfield Ghost Town
  • Goldfield Graveyard. R.I.P.- Goldfield Ghost Town
  • Goldfield Graveyard at sunset.- Goldfield Ghost Town
  • The town offers a free walking tour with several historical buildings and old mining equipment.- Goldfield Ghost Town
  • Goldfield Ghost Town.- Goldfield Ghost Town
  • Goldfield Ghost Town and the Superstition Mountains.- Goldfield Ghost Town
  • Goldfield Ghost Town.- Goldfield Ghost Town
  • Goldfield Ghost Town.- Goldfield Ghost Town
  • Sunset views from Goldfield Ghost Town.- Goldfield Ghost Town
  • The Goldfield Church.- Goldfield Ghost Town
  • The Goldfield Church.- Goldfield Ghost Town
  • The Superstition Mountains.- Goldfield Ghost Town
  • The Goldfield Church.- Goldfield Ghost Town
  • Goldfield Ghost Town at sunset.- Goldfield Ghost Town
  • Superstition Mountains.- Goldfield Ghost Town
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Historical. Free admission. Mine tours. Zipline. Restaurants and shopping.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Superstition Mountains Area, AZ
Access: 
Vehicle
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
None
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Goldfield Ghost Town is a quaint little town set right in front of the majestic Superstition Mountains, just east of Apache Junction. It is filled with rich mining history and controversy. Back in the 1890s Goldfield had a myriad small shops, saloons, and a community dedicated to the mining of gold. Unfortunately, the town ran dry quickly, and after several attempts to reopen between 1910 and 1926, the town came to a full stop. 

Why this mine? Why have people continued to be intrigued for over 115 years, visiting from all over the world to see the tiny town of Goldfield? It was German immigrant Jacob Waltz that gave Lost Dutchman is infamous name. In the 19th Century Waltz claimed that he had found a mine full of gold and kept it a secret from everyone. Gold hunters from as far back as 1892 have been looking for what is arguably the most well-known American lost treasure tale to date. Although the "Lost Dutchman" is the most common story, there are several other theories of who, where, and what the lost gold mine is like.

Another story is that a family from northern Mexico was mining gold in the Superstition Mountains for years. Around 1848 the Apache Tribe ambushed the family during a routine trip back to Mexico and murdered all but a few family members who escaped. This is now known as the Peralta Massacre. Some argue that the massacre never occured, while others are skeptical about the amount of human remains found in the Superstition Mountains: One skull had a gold filling, a convention that was popular with Mexican artistcrats in the 19th century. 

Whether you think you will be the one to finally discover the Lost Dutchman's treasure or you'd just like an ice cream and a tour of the Goldfield Mine, Goldfield Ghost Town is an excellent day trip! For an even more spectacular trip, go just before sunset! The golden sun beams reflect off of the red-dusted buildings, creating a haunting forshadowing effect of that is truly memorable.

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