Oatman Travel Guide

  • Warnings and Dangers
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  • Shops aptly named for the burros that roam freely.
    Shops aptly named for the burros that...
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  • Bob just loves making new friends.
    Bob just loves making new friends.
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Oatman Things to Do

  • Follow the Burros (donkeys)

    The living sign of Oatman are burros. Burros came with first prospectors and they were used inside mines also, hailing rock, water and supplies. When the mines were closed, people just released the burros and now they are living in hills close to towns. On the morning they come to streets for joy of visitors. Be carefull, they are eager to bite and...

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  • Road Trip Oatman to Kingman

    I always wanted buns of steel and after this ride through the mountains - I have them!It was exhilarating, terrifying, breathtaking, gut-wrenching and astonishingly beautiful.Thank goodness the two lane road was paved!You don't want miss this stretch of Route 66, it offers the thrill of a roller coaster without the cost to ride. My muscles were...

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  • Making Memories Old Time Photos

    Whether you prefer gunslinger swagger or dance hall swing it doesn't really matter. The options here are limited only by your imagination. For those of you like me, a little short on imagination, Tom and Linda, owners of Making Memories Old Time Photos, have oodles of photos and suggestions to generate ideas.Personally, I always thought of myself...

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  • Opportunity - If you trust economy?

    Why not start new business. If you are tired and have some funds and local connections, here is free space to start new life style. If you think that Route 66, gold, sand and curvy roads are causing increase of tourist flows, here is the opportunity.A couple of cons: DIY man is required and the situation is not the best, this is about 100 meters...

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  • Oatman Hotel - Reason to get married?

    On March 29, 1939 Clark Gable and Carole Lombard spent their wedding night at the hotel after having been married in Kingman, Arizona. Unfortunately it is not possible anymore, the hotel is museum (second floor suites) and bar only. But you never know if new era is starting in Oatman and all the old facilities are opened again.But, again, let's be...

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  • Oatman Post Office - 86433

    Unfortunately the post office was closed I was there on Sunday. Pity, I could have been nice place to send post cards to your friend and to yourself too.This is still one of the most unique post offices I've ever seen (and the second best is in Saigon, or Ho Chi Minh City as they call it today).

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  • Watch a cowboy show in Oatman, Arizona

    We were fortunate to be in Oatman on a wonderful Sunday afternoon and that one main street was filled with tourists just looking for something to do in this old mining town. And then there was this lady who started gathering up the people and there was this cowboy show which literally started off with a bang from a gun! That obviously caught...

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  • Lots of cowboy souvenirs and shirts...

    If you love cowboy and mining stuff, you're int he right place. Oatman is loaded with these souvenir shops all found on the one main road of this old mining town. They have gun holsters, little statues of both cowboys and Indiand, and the fun thing is seeing the names of these stores like the Jackass Junction, Outlaw Willie's and so forth...The...

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  • Feed a BURRO in the streets of Oatman

    This was what attracted me most to Oatman, Arizona --- the BURROS! I knew the kids would love them - although I really don't know the difference between a burro and a donkey (I'll probably google this later).But after swering off the main road to go for another 13 miles off the beaten path to this old mining town, you know you are there when you...

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  • Surprises

    Be prepared to go into all the little stores...there some really nice surprises in them. Indian blankets, beautiful turquoise jewelery, silver and semi precious stones set in hand made jewelery, stetsons, tee-shirts, leather goods and goodies too like cactus jelly jam and local honey.

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  • Mind your step!

    Feed the donkies. You can buy carrots and donkey food in some of the little stores there but do be careful with the baby ones as they should only be having milk and can choke on stuff thats given to them with all good intentions but can harm them. They will follow you once fed and frequently follow you into the stores and bar!

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  • Wild Indians

    So maybe there are no longer any indians to worry about but you must stop and see the statue of Indian Chief in front of one of the gift shops.

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Oatman Restaurants

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    by akkipaa Written Dec 19, 2011

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    It was early morning but already hot (to us northern guys), we took ice cream and whipped cream with diet Coke. You need a lot of beverages when driving in 90F dressed to black leather and wind shell stuff. Perfect place to having lunch or some burritos also.

    The town like restaurant is named for Olive Oatman, a survivor of the famous Oatman Massacre, who was held captive for years by local indians before being returned to European society. Her story is quite remarkable, if interested, check:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olive_Oatman

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Oatman Transportation

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    by akkipaa Written Sep 22, 2012

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    Take Oatman Road (Topock Hwy) from Kingman and you are getting your kicks from Route 66. The sign is on the road and on hills side.

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Oatman Shopping

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  • All in 200 meters

    You can find at least the Glassy Ass, Emporium, Fast Fanny's Place, Yellowhammer's Place, Outlaw Willie, Dust Kitz Gallery and Jackass Junction from main street and you don't need to walk more than 500 feet. Unfortunately we were so early and having long day ahead, so I can't give you price info, but the you definitely can find exiting...

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  • Indian Crafts

    There are several little shops in Oatman, all selling much the same and we picked up some real bargains. We bought an Indian blanket for $7.99 and some beautiful silver and turquoise jewelery which wasnt xpensive.There was the usual display of touristy goods, postcards, pictures etc. and some pretty tasty jars of Cactus jams and pickles. Not much

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Oatman Warnings and Dangers

  • Let's be careful out there - Snake...

    All you who have been in desert and are similar than me, you think that it is empty. But it is not, while driving I saw multiple "things" running cross the road, a lot of flying object and this Rattle Snake, luckily in Bar and dead in the box. But these really are there, having only job to wait someone to bite.

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  • Let's be carefull out there - Hot Desert

    If your take a trip there, if you drive with car or motorcycle, remember to take water with you. Roads are not in very good shape there's flat tyre possibility and the tempereture might climb very up. There are others driving but on off peak you can spend quite bit of time waiting.For example this scenery can be found from about 30 minutes drive...

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  • Let's be careful out there - Drive safe

    This place is w few miles from Oatman. Altogether I found four more, the oldest was almost disappeared. What is the danger? A lot of space, curve, sunshine and emptiness. If you pickup two from my list, there's the answer. Rest in peace, fellow drivers, hope you your sacrifice helps us to remember the dangers on the road.

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Oatman Off The Beaten Path

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    by KikBkK8 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Two miles outside of Oatman, Arizona, lies the sparse remains of what used to be the town of Goldroad. It's
    few standing walls of piled rock are strewn through the
    gulleys which are visible from the road. An old mine is
    nearby and it's presence tells you that you're in what is left of Goldroad. For the amateur geologist, there are a
    great many interesting rock specimens in this harsh area. (Update as of Sept. 26, 2001....this area no
    longer seems to be accessable. There are signs posted
    at the roadsides stating NO TRESSPASSING and it does
    appear that the mine is now in use)
    Photo shows Boundry Cone mountain on the way to Oatman

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Oatman Favorites

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    by KikBkK8 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Of the many times I have visited Oatman, the thing that
    most comes to mind is the story behind the towns name.
    A family named Oatman had camped at a nearby spot and were
    attacked by indians. The parents were killed but the two
    sisters were taken prisoner and made to be slaves. Their
    names were Olive and Mary Ann. Lorenzo, which was their
    brother had been wounded and left for dead. Later on the
    sisters were tattooed and sold to another tribe, and while
    Mary Ann eventually died in captivity, and later, Olive was at last rescued and later married a military officer. She did have to live for the rest of her life with the slave tattoo of vertical lines down her chin...The U. S. Army paid six pounds of white beads, four blankets, various trinkets and a white horse to the Mohaves for her ransom.
    There is a marker at Oatman Flat dedicated to the family's memory.

    Fondest memory: Assuming that you get to Oatman by way of Boundry Cone
    Road, rather than by the longer route south of Kingman,
    you pass an unsually shaped mountain on your right,
    as the road into town turns to the left. Well, that is
    my favorite site for picture taking- ever since a fire on
    the road once caused us to hang around longer than we had
    planned. Finally we decided to take the dirt road back to
    our room, leaned right at the correct forks, and thankfully
    and with major relief we arrived safe in Bullhead City, and
    feasted on that that awesome view of the casinos on the riverfront....but that is one heck of a long story for another time! Whew!

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