Visit historic Oatman, on Route 66, only 54 miles northwest of Lake Havasu. Its wooden sidewalks and 1880s-style buildings recall a time when Route 66 brought gold miners and gunslingers to town. A recreated western shootout is a popular sight and tourist attraction. The town’s many shops sell unique items, including antiques, handmade jewelry, and leather goods. There’s no shortage of restaurants and bars to choose from, so you need not leave town hungry.
Another of Oatman’s claims to fame is the wild burros that roam the streets and come and go as they please. The burros are direct descendants of the pack animals that were brought to the area by gold miners during the 1800s. With the coming of WWII, the gold mines surrounding Oatman were shut down, and the burros were set free to roam the hills.
“Do Not Feed Me”
In recent years the burros have become aggressive as they’ve grown to expect a yummy snack from the visitors; there are now special burro biscuits available for purchase from local shops for just that purpose. Just like other wild animals, burros should never be fed people food. You may notice the baby burros have a “STOP! Do Not Feed Me Anything” sticker on their foreheads. This is for the safety of the burros as these babies need the proper nutrients as they grow up to be adult burros.
From Lake Havasu City, take Highway 95 north to Interstate 40 west. Take Exit 1 toward Golden Shores/Oatman, then turn right onto Oatman/Topock Highway, which is County Highway 10. Proceed 25 miles to Oatman.
- Months: Year-Round