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Although I’ve lived in Arizona my whole life, the cacti and mountains that surround me never gets old.  The desert and all of its unique beauty fascinates me and I can’t wait to tap into some of Arizona’s hidden gems and share my experiences!

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Arizona Ghost Towns

One of the things I enjoy about exploring Arizona is visiting old ghost towns. I love looking at the old architecture, equipment and personal items left behind in some other era. I enjoy trying to envision life in Arizona a hundred years ago. How did people survive back in the late 1800’s? How did they get water, food and supplies? What did they do for entertainment? How about protection? What did they do for money? These are all questions I ask myself when I visit the old places.

And you are in luck. There are still some great old ghost towns that you can explore in Arizona. Some are out in the middle of nowhere and can only be accessed by bushwhacking it miles through the desert. Others you can drive your car too and some are privately owned and restored to their previous glory.

I've listed some of the adventures in the hiking, biking and 4WD pages and listed them below. But before you look through those, you may want to check out the Ghost Town Forum.

Ghost Town Forum

February 2013 Update: The Ghost Town Forum listed below has been having some large issues with spam and downtime. It still has a lot of information on it and can be a great resource, but many of it's contributors are leaving it for the new Explorer Ghost Town forum.

One of the best places on the internet regarding ghost towns is the Ghost Town forum at www.forums.ghosttowns.com. This forum is full of great people, information, pictures, maps, history and whatever else you can think of pertaining to ghost towns.

If you're interested in Arizona history and ghost towns, this is the forum for you. And it's not just about Arizona, the forum deals with ghost towns across the nation.

Explorer Ghost Town Forum

This is a fairly new Ghost Town forum that many people from the above forum are going to due to a large amount of technical issues. I have recently become a member of this forum and am loving it!

Explorer Ghost Town Forum

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Arizona Historical Maps

I've posted two ARizona historical maps. One from 1881, the other a Wagon Trail map from maybe the 1860s?

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Arizona Rails, Ruins and Trails Blog

Here's a new blog about tracking down Arizona's railroad lines near Flagstaff. If you're interested, check it out.

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USGS Photographic Survey Website

I just found out about this website. It's filled with old photos of ghost towns, mines, etc., etc. Have fun exploring!

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Ghost Town Gallery

A website that has hundreds of pictures of ghost towns from all across the southwest.

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List of Ghost Town Adventures

Note: the adventures listed below will take you to some sort of ruins of the past. Not all will be to full-fledged ghost towns where intact structures still exist, but they all have something: foundations, mines, etc.

I have rated each Ghost Town for it's "Ghost Town-ishness." This is SWAG on my part and is just my off the top of my head gut reaction. Here's the thoughts with the ratings:

Rating
Meaning
Has some stuff, but nothing to write home about
Some cool stuff, but usually not a great deal of it and not in great shape
A cool site. Has a good portion of interesting stuff to look at
A great site. Has lots of stuff and may be in good shape
Great. Shouldn't be missed. Lots of stuff and usually some restoration / museum

I've also include a short key on what I found at the site. This is by no means an extensive list, but should give you a good idea on what to expect.

Key Description
Town site Has multiple intact buildings many of which are restored
Building(s) One or more buildings that are more than foundations, but not restored
Mine Mine tunnels, open mine pits, tailing, etc
Mining Ruins Old mining equipment in place
Foundations Not much more than foundations and some walls left
Museum A museum on site


Okay, so finally here's the list of "Ghost Towns" and the links to their specific adventures. Let me know what you find. And if you know of any other places I should include.

Have fun and be safe!

Ghost Town Adventures

 

Ghost Town Name
Rating
Type
Buildings (many newer), the "Bomb Shelter", foundations, ranch
Processing site ruins, Arizona's oldest telegraph pole?, building ruins, mines
Buildings
Unique Mill, graves, collapsed buildings, stone foundations and well
Stone foundations
Hunting cabin, Ranches, windmills
Mines, mining ruins, foundations, ghost town, Arrastra
Mines, mining ruins, foundations
Mines, mining ruins, foundations
Arrastra, adobe and stone ruins
Mining equipment, walls, foundations
Mines
Mines, stone walls of buildings, arrastra
Mines, foundations, buildings
Mines, mining ruins, buildings
Mines, mining ruins, mill, dams, cemeteries
Town site
Mines, mining ruins, foundations
Adobe walls of old ranch
Stone foundations and buildings (vandalized)
Old cabin, mine, stuff
Foundations, historical signs
Mines, mining ruins, buildings
Mines, foundations
Foundations
Multiple stone walled buildings, rock dam, mines, wells
Mines
Mines, foundations, buildings
Mines, foundations, buildings
Mines, mining ruins, buildings
Mines, mining ruins, adobe walls, foundations
Mines, mining ruins, buildings, Jail, equipment
Mines, mining ruins, buildings, foundations
Mines, mining ruins, buildings
Restored schoolhouse, old buildings, cemetery
Mines, mining ruins, buildings
Mines, mining ruins, foundations
Town site, museum
Mines
Mines
Foundations, buildings, restored Jail
Foundations, stone building walls, bridge piers, mines
Mines, foundations
Mines, foundations, stone building
Mines, foundations
Mines, foundations
Foundations
Old stone ranch ruins, hilltop Indian ruins
Mines, mining ruins, buildings
Foundations, mines, mining ruins
Hunting cabin, foundations, mines, mining ruins
Town site, mines
Some rock and concrete foundations
Oldest fire lookout in use
An old Pump House
Old ranch house, explosives building
Mines, mining ruins, foundations
Mines, mining ruins, buildings
Old Cold War radar station
Mines, mining ruins, buildings
Mines, foundation
Old Cabin, cool audits
Mines, mining ruins
Mines, mining ruins, old dump
Five buildings, dams, conrete tank
Mines, stone dam
Mines, buildings
Mines, mining ruins, buildings
Mines, mining ruins
Mines, mining ruins, foundations
Buildings
Ranch, stables, assayers shack, old mining equipment
Great old line shack
Mines, mining ruins, buildings
Mines, mining ruins, buildings
Mines, foundations, mining ruins
Mines, mining ruins, buildings
Bridge, foundations
Mines, foundations, buildings
Two stone ruins of a ranch and cabin
Privately owned ghost town, some restored buildings, cemetery
Restored school house
Mercury mill recently destroyed/dismantled by fire
Town site
Mines, foundations
Mines, foundations, mining ruins
Rock dam, mines, wooden chute, old wood train trestle
Old ranch, near historic Old Camp Grant
Old dams built by the CCC, collapsed sheds and water depth gauges
Buildings, cabin
Mines, mining ruins, mill, dams, cemeteries
Stone ruins, mines
Stone ruins of historic house

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Ghost Town Comments

Have you been to any of these ghost towns? What did you think? Comments and updates welcome. Go to Contact Me page.

Member Comments

 

Harshaw?

Question: I'd like to know a little more about Harshaw, Az?

Answer: Harshaw is an old mining town founded in the late 1800s in the Patagonia mountains in southeastern Arizona. It's an easy, 2WD tip to see. More information and pictures can be found here:

http://forums.ghosttowns.com/showthread.php?16681-Out-In-The-Patagonia-Mountains

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harshaw,_Arizona