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Two Guns Ghost Town

Colorado Plateau, Arizona

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  • This building can easily be seen from the highway. Entering this (or any) structure is not recommended.- Two Guns Ghost Town
  • Old stone structures like this dot the landscape. This one sits atop a cavern in the limestone that may be the famed "Apache Death Cave."- Two Guns Ghost Town
  • A great place to catch the colorful northern Arizona sunsets.- Two Guns Ghost Town
  • An ever-changing display of colorful graffiti covers an old pool and an adjacent building.- Two Guns Ghost Town
  • Two guns makes a great location for night photography.- Two Guns Ghost Town
  • An abandoned gas station right at the highway exit. Be careful of broken glass and debris. Entering any of these structures is not recommended.- Two Guns Ghost Town
  • One of the many wood and stone structures that can be found by wandering around this place.- Two Guns Ghost Town
  • The remains of an old zoo can be found here. Chicken wire cages once held mountain lions, or at least that's what the signs lead us to believe.- Two Guns Ghost Town
  • This ghost town has its own exit. Look for it on I-40 just west of Twin Arrows Casino.- Two Guns Ghost Town
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Easy to access.
Cons: 
Broken glass. Graffiti. Litter.
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Region:
Colorado Plateau, AZ
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
No
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Explore the ruins of an Old West ghost town, abandoned zoo, and a forgotten Route 66 roadside attraction, conveniently located between Flagstaff and Winslow right off of I-40. The site contains a decaying gas station, several fire-damaged buildings, and a tumbleweed-filled swimming pool featuring an ever-changing display of graffiti. The place is rumored to be cursed due to the violent deaths of 15 or more Apaches in a nearby cavern colloquially known as the Apache Death Cave.

It must be said that this place is private property. Several websites claim that the property was purchased by Australian actor Russell Crowe with the intention of using the location as a set for a future movie. Please be aware that broken glass, rusted metal, and dangerous debris abound. The structures here range from 1970s-era buildings damaged by fire to crumbling stone facades built in the early 1900s. These buildings are in various states of disrepair and decay; please use caution. Climbing on or entering any of these structures is not recommended.

A favorite spot of local photographers, this location offers dramatic views of the San Francisco Peaks, colorful sunsets, and amazingly dark night skies. It is common to see others walking around this eerie place at sunrise or sunset.

This place has had many lives. A town sprang up here in 1882 as the construction of the transcontinental railroad was stalled by problems building a bridge over Canyon Diablo. This town was home to Hell Street, named as such because it contained 14 saloons, 10 gambling houses, four brothels, and two dance halls. In 1905, this place was the site of a shootout between lawmen and two bandits who stole around $200 in coins from a saloon in Winslow, Arizona. After the railroad bridge was finished the town was quickly abandoned.

Two Guns saw new life as a tourist trap and trading post along old Route 66, but a curious string of bad luck and tragedy befell the owners of Two Guns, and after a fire in 1971 the stop was abandoned for good.

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