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Step back in time to the era of gunslingers and saloon rumbles on a full-day ghost town and wild west tour from Las Vegas! Accompany your entertaining guide along Route 66, past the Hoover Dam and through Arizona’s historic ghost towns to visit places seeped in lore like the Oatman Hotel, home to a local poltergeist! Along the way, see an authentic cowboy shootout, hear entertaining facts and tales, and marvel at stunning desert landscapes.


  • 9-hour Arizona ghost town and wild-west tour from Las Vegas
  • Stop to snap photos of the mighty Hoover Dam
  • Visit ghost towns and the ‘almost’ ghost town of Chloride with a guide
  • See the notorious Oatman Hotel, haunting ground of ‘Oatie the Ghost’
  • Take part in a cowboy shootout and buy a drink at a local saloon
  • Lunch and roundtrip transport from select Las Vegas hotel included
  • Lunch and roundtrip transport from select Las Vegas hotels 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.

Your last stop before returning to the big city lights, glitz and glamour of Las Vegas will be in El Dorado which was named by the Spaniards who discovered gold in the area. This town served as the backdrop for many famous western movies and also housed the famous Techatticup Mine where millions of dollars worth of gold and silver have been unearthed.

Customer Reviews

Michaela B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Amazing and very interesting tour. Our tour guide Khriss did a great job! Gave us a lot of information about this tour. From Hoover Dam up to Chloride, Oatman and El Dorado. Best part of it was the St Patrick's day parade in Chloride.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

What a great day we had. There were only 4 of us on this trip, so we had almost one on one attention from Michael our driver and guide. First stop Chloride and a meeting with 'Digger Dave'. This has to be one of the most bizarre and fascinating places I have ever visited. Not for what this town offers just how the people live and function on a day by day basis.

Next stop Oatman. Another great experience and given it was on Route 66 just added to the fascination of this town. Seeing Donkeys Burro's simply wandering around this one street town was an experience on its own. Oatman calls itself the 'town which refuses to die' - and I certainly hope they are right because I would love to visit it again.

Last stop El Dorado. Now this really is a ghost town, albeit during the time of our visit, a photographic shoot complete with scantilly clad ladies descended on the town. Very enjoyable !!

Michael our bus driver and guide was superb and would thoroughly recommend this tour. Excellent value for money.

philip m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Excellent all round trip, driver/tour guide was extremely personable and knowledgeable, great day all round, the real USA

Kathleen A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Tour guide was informative, polite, and knowledgeable. Pick up and drop off went very smooth. Van was brand new and very nice. Box lunches were good as well! Would recommend.

Lysa B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

A well paced day trip, starting with a half hour stop to view The Hoover Dam and continuing on to three very different cowboy ghost towns - Chloride in the old silver mining region, Oatman, a real feel of the old West, and Eldorado, tiny but compelling. The guide, Chris, was extremely informative with a relaxed sense of humour, always approachable and tolerant of numerous requests for photo stops.

Elaine T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

This was by far the best trip we have had so far. The mini bus was very comfy and pick up was on tine. The guide Kriss was outstanding and kept us entertained the whole day with his stories. The scenery is outstanding and the ghost towns gave us plenty to think about. If you only have time for 1 trip, then this is it.

Lyndal L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Excellent tour guide who knew so much about the places visited ( thanks Mike!). It was so good to see the wonderful areas surrounding Vegas along with some incredible scenery. Well worth doing.

Dianne U

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Brilliant trip, Great driver and guide, we had a great day. Would do this trip again if we were in Las Vegas. Would recommend to anyone going to Las Vegas. Can't believe we have gone to Vegas for ten years and never found this trip. Done every other but this was so different and good loved it.

Elicia.martinez72 USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

My husband and I are so happy we selected the Wild West Day Tour to be a part of our Las Vegas Vacation. It truly was an amazing adventure!! The Hoover Dam was beautiful. Our tour guide Mike was wonderful. He was so Informative and had lots of positive energy. We definitely will be doing another tour with Viator.

Linda S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Really good trip chris the tour guide was brilliant loads of info, because there was only four of us on the tour made it even better 7 sweater . Met some lovely people at the small towns

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