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  • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Duration:  9 hours (approx.)

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Experience the real Wild West on a day trip from Las Vegas to Arizona’s ghost towns. Drive along Historic Route 66 and enjoy a photo opportunity at the mighty Hoover Dam. Explore two Arizona ghost towns and visit several historic saloons before taking part in a Western cowboy shootout show! Complimentary hotel pickup and drop-off, lunch, bottled water, transportation by air-conditioned mini-bus and professional guide are included.

Highlights

  • Day trip from Las Vegas to Arizona ghost towns
  • Visit the old Arizona mining towns of Chloride and Oatman and chat with the locals
  • Enjoy a photo stop at the mighty Hoover Dam
  • Cruise down Historic Route 66
  • Take part in a Western cowboy shootout show!
  • Complimentary hotel pickup and drop-off from Las Vegas Hotels, lunch, bottled water and professional guide included

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

It's an awesome journey off the beaten path to see two Wild West ghost towns in Arizona, get some photos of Hoover Dam and ride along historic Route 66. Take a break from the Mojave Desert heat by having a drink in a saloon -- I recommend a prickly pear cocktail!

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What You Can Expect

Arizona Ghost Towns and Wild-West Day Trip from Las Vegas

Get Your Kicks on Route 66!

After pickup from your Las Vegas hotel, take a short drive by comfortable van to the Hoover Dam for a brief photo stop. This 726-foot (221-meter) dam holds back the mighty Colorado River, behind which you’ll find Lake Mead, a beautiful man-made reservoir contained within the Black Canyon walls. Take all the ‘dam’ photos you want!

Next, head to the small mining town of Chloride, a community that has survived the harsh desert environment since the 1860s. Silver and other minerals were mined here for decades, and after the mining boom was over, Chloride nearly became a ghost town. Today, Chloride is home to about 250 residents who are very proud of their mining history. Browse the antique shops; admire the various artistic sculptures; and chat with the locals before enjoying lunch.

Next, drive along the Historic Route 66 highway to the small ghost town of Oatman. The present-day population of this ghost town is 150 people and 1 poltergeist who goes by the name of ‘Oatie the Ghost.’ He’s believed to be the poor spirit of William Ray Flour, an Irish miner who died behind the Oatman Hotel.

Enjoy views of the Black Mountains and the tumbleweeds and wild burros that freely roam through the town. Have your picture taken alongside modern-day cowboys and bandits while posing in front of an authentic Route 66 sign. You'll even have a chance to take part in a Western shootout! Held in the middle of the street, this Western-style event features cowboys in costume standing face-to-face, ready to draw!

Enjoy a drink at a local saloon (at own expense) before traveling through the Mojave Desert along the Veterans Memorial Highway, a road that cuts straight through empty desert landscape. This calm drive is the perfect way to remember the openness of this part of America before returning to the big city lights, glitz and glamour of Las Vegas.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

This was a great tour! We were the only people booked on so we got our own personal tour for the day. Our tour guide Mike was very knowledgeable and funny, he even helped us plan our drive to LA later in the week. The towns we visited were all pretty varied and interesting in different ways.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

This is an excellent tour! A real insight in to real America for us Brits staying in Las Vegas! A wander around the abandoned buildings of Chloride, the old Jail, the gas station and the friendly folk at the bar was great. Then on to Oatman via Route 66 for a gun fight in the street was good fun. We posed with guns at Jimmy Hornfeathers store.
Then on to the spooky town of El Dorado for the ghastly sights in the guest room! Move over Norman Bates. Youll have to take the tour to know what im on about!
But best of all was our tour guide Mick,nothing was too much trouble, he was knowlegeable and friendly he made sure we took all the dam pictures we wanted. (Hoover Dam) We hope hes having fun with his genuine Star Wars Stormtrooper helmet!

Tony and Brenda Rudd

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