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Bonanza and Custer Ghost Town

Off ID-75 on the Yankee Fork Road, Challis National Forest, ID
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well preserved and the volunteer staff very helpful

We spent a day touring the dredge and visiting Bonanza and Custer. Well worth the drive and time... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Chris N
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Nice place to visit

I turned off the beaten path to see Custer but didn't have the time to spend to see all there is to... read more

Reviewed 15 September 2016
Boise, Idaho
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The ghost towns of Custer and Bonanza are located in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area by the town of Stanley, Idaho. Custer has been restored and tour guides offer tours during the summer months. Bonanza has not been restored and is a traditional ghost town. The Yankee Fork area is traveled and explored by tourists in the west quite extensively as it is located not far from Sun Valley, Idaho.
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  • Very good27%
  • Average11%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“gold dredge” (5 reviews)
“wheel drive” (2 reviews)
“gravel road” (2 reviews)
Off ID-75 on the Yankee Fork Road, Challis National Forest, ID
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent a day touring the dredge and visiting Bonanza and Custer. Well worth the drive and time. Custer is the more preserved of the two and has volunteers on site to answer questions. Also has a small gift shop. You can dig your own...More

Thank Chris N
Reviewed 15 September 2016

I turned off the beaten path to see Custer but didn't have the time to spend to see all there is to see and to understand fully the history - hence my average rating. I think if you have the time and can understand better...More

Thank mworthen
Reviewed 27 August 2016

My wife and I visited this site on 8/27/16. We elected to leave out of main street in Challis and take the Custer Motorway through the mountains. Nice pass at 8,600'. We own a Jeep but did not use 4WD. A standard car or truck...More

Thank Chuck B
Reviewed 14 August 2016

As a long-time follower of Gold Rush, what a dream come true to be able to tour the Yankee Fork Gold Dredge! The wonderful volunteers that give you an overview of the dredge all have connections to the dredge when it was last working in...More

Thank SoloRoamer
Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

We took my (80 yo) parents up the Yankee Fork to the ghost town of Custer. They have a great little museum and general store. The highlight for me was gold panning in the trough - free of charge. Also, a must stop is the...More

Thank OlympicPeninsula2
Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

We spent the day in the ghost town of Custer (13 miles from Stanley).  We lucked out and found out it was the annual "Custer Day" with real gold panning,  homemade ice cream, Dutch oven peach cobbler, freshly made butter topped ctrackers, a street shoot-out,...More

1  Thank Doc-squat
Reviewed 9 July 2016

Wow, this place is a must see if you are ever in the area. It's just like stepping back in time and visualizing how hard the miners had it during those days and will make you appreciate the things you have now.

Thank travelingmaddie
Reviewed 19 June 2016 via mobile

We took the tour of the dredge with my family early June. It was so neat to see inside. The gentleman that gave us the information was extremely knowledgeable. My boys and husband enjoyed all the history. The ghost town was a cool little spot...More

Thank Christy S
Reviewed 30 May 2016

It has been over 25 years since I toured this area, but it was an interesting adventure. I had not set out to find a ghost town, but I did anyway. I was on a return trip from visiting the west coast and had a...More

Thank Gerry E
Reviewed 16 September 2015

These ghost towns are accessed off Highway 75, northeast of Stanley. The junction is well-marked. The ghost towns are 10 miles from the highway. The access road is paved for 1/3-1/2 of the way; the rest is gravel. The summer was hot and dry, hence...More

2  Thank ScienceTrip
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