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Goldfield Ghost Town, Apache Junction
(3.8/5 based on 1,000+ reviews on the web)
Get in touch with the spirit of the Old West at Goldfield Ghost Town, a historical former mining village brought back to life. When gold ore was discovered in the surrounding area in the 1890s, the boomtown quickly grew thanks to the influx of treasure-seekers and fortune-hunters heading out west. Though the town itself only really lasted about 5 years, you'll find that its saloons, shops, and other wooden buildings have been restored accurately. You can wander the streets and witness re-enactors dressed in period clothing taking part in daily activities and experience the occasional shootout (for show, of course), all while enjoying the mountainous Arizona landscape around you. Pay a visit to the saloon and restaurant to get a feel for the environment in which the town's residents would relax and interact. Be sure to check the website for information on special events and shows. Put Goldfield Ghost Town into our Apache Junction holiday planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Apache Junction.
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  • Just a few minutes on the trail we discovered this fun Mining ghost town . With ample parking, this site was very accessible. With fun stores, a train, horse back riding, shooting range, a saloon and ...  more »
  • Actually I visited this place in 2012 however I had such wonderful experience and wanted to write about it and I couldn't scroll back to 2012 in the month visited section. This town is a real Wild Wes...  more »
  • Took our grandson to check it out. Had a very nice time. Mine tour, Shoot out in the street, pan for gold. Horses, food and drink. Alot to look at and keep occupied for a few hours. Nice time. 
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  • Goldfield is the definition of tourist trap and you'll find it full of people dressed up like cowboys and all sorts of gimmicks to get your money. That being said it's still fun! Know what your getting into and just go with the flow. The saloon had a neat vibe, good live music, and there were even locals hanging out there.
  • This is a great place to visit with out-of-state guests. I highly recommend taking the train, if it's running when you visit. The train ride is narrated and gives a lot of interesting history about the area. Sunset is also a great time to visit, especially on a day with high clouds. Makes for great photos.
  • One word. Disappointed. The Web site looks awesome, then you get there and it's not that great. In my opinion it isn't ran well at all. All the shops and activities are never all open at one time. It's hit or miss. They make up there own hours and days so don't expect something to open on time. No customer service. I got the run around and then when I called to see what was going on, the guy was rude.asked me who I was. I won't go back or take anyone visiting me to this place. I will say one thing, the souvenir shops where all open and on time. Hmmm. If you go, bring your own water unless you want to buy some.
  • My girlfriend and I wanted to stop by here for a while now and when we had time to we are happy we did. It is not a tourist trap like every other "old town" in the valley. This place does not try to act like something it is not. If you want that genuine old western town feel within the valley itself then this is place for you. You walk in and walk out and that is it. The people that work there are friendly, the food is great and the handmade items are very nice. The views are amazing as well. Also, the train guide (whose name escapes me) is great at taking you on a small tour and history lesson on the area. I have lived here my whole life (24 years) and learned so much about the legend of the Lost Dutchman that I did not know before as well as the mining history of just that one small location. Good food, rich history and friendly people. Give it a try, you will leave being fairly surprised how a simple small town can pack so much history. (rated 4 stars since we did not see the shootout, will be back in Nov to see it)
  • You can't beat the scenery! Love the authenticity of this old Western town! Have the Mammoth burger at the old Saloon! It was delicious! If you can't stand the heat, come in the Winter months October - May. Don't miss it! The Superstition Mountains are an incredible sight!