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“Not worth the drive”

Castle Dome Mines Museum & Ghost Town
Ranked #2 of 39 things to do in Yuma
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Owner description: Please call for reservations during the warmer months "What you will see here is a remnant town which stood larger than Yuma in 1878. Her weather beaten buildings remain great day trip in the lower Colorado river in an area little changed from the 1800's. The mills stand silent, housing original boiler, stamp mill, and elevator, as if tomorrow they will awaken to the thunderous roar of steel crushing rock. The boardwalks still creak, the church bell rings out, the five saloons just await the story of their last shootout. Over 50 building in 3 areas are now open, with more history being added. April 15 through September you will need to call for hours. October 1st through April 30th we are open 7 days a week.
Reviewed 19 May 2015 via mobile

As the previous reviews stated it is a very rough 10 mile road to get to the ghost town. It consists of several reconstructed buildings with original furnishings. My husband has bad knees & it was difficult for him to step up into the houses. I have to admire the owner for all he's done but I wouldn't recommend it because it's so far out of the way. And when you're done, you still had that horrendous drive back out to Yuma. We headed straight to a car wash because you couldn't tell what color our Mercury Grand Marquis was! And when we got back to the motel my husband checked all our tires to be sure they had no punctures from the sharp rocks!

2  Thank linbarg
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"gravel road"
in 42 reviews
"old west"
in 32 reviews
"mining area"
in 9 reviews
"bring cash"
in 7 reviews
"mining camp"
in 5 reviews
"honor system"
in 5 reviews
"barber shop"
in 4 reviews
"day trip"
in 14 reviews
"walking tour"
in 10 reviews
"worth the trip"
in 14 reviews
"several hours"
in 8 reviews
"per adult"
in 7 reviews
"turn around"
in 4 reviews
"take your time"
in 10 reviews
"long drive"
in 6 reviews
"out of the way"
in 7 reviews
"step back in time"
in 9 reviews

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Reviewed 6 May 2015

It ia about 10 miles on gravel road to this old mine museum. $10 for adults and $6 for kids. They have a huge collection of old mining cabins, hotels, bars, cantinas, banks, and mining equipment. Interesting history of the old timers that lived there in very primitive conditions. The diner has $1 soda and bottled water in the old refrigerator. Nice gift shop. All self guided.

Date of experience: May 2015
9  Thank Buzzsaw22
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Reviewed 29 April 2015 via mobile

There are 7 miles of rough road. But the 'ghost' town is worth the trip. There are so many buildings from the late 1880s to go through; church with a pump organ and what appears to be a homemade pipe organ system, blacksmith shop, machinist shop, cafe, with a cardboard box to leave your payment for cold water or chips, many more. There are a lot of remaining artifacts, clothing, equipment, grocery tins. It's a private operation so don't expect Smithsonian quality for displays (or security). I was actually surprised at the openness of the displays. There is very little that is locked up. We didn't have time to see everything. Take a picnic lunch and make a day of it.

4  Thank Kokrines
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Reviewed 22 April 2015

This place is well off of US95. You head East and keep going well after the blacktop ends. I recommend 4 wheel drive as the road goes up a wash. This is an interesting collection of buildings, from old mining times, which have been collected and moved to this location. The main reconstruction is the location. All of the buildings are really old weathered buildings.

Date of experience: March 2015
2  Thank Bruce L
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Reviewed 20 April 2015

It would have been a bit more comfortable if we had waited till later in the year for cooler weather. However it was a great day and learned a lot about the area that we would not have learned on our own.Great for locals, families and the occasional tourist. That's a joke, Yuma has an influx of thousands of tourist
in the winter months, comes close to doubling our population.Come on down.

Date of experience: October 2014
1  Thank Rose Marie S
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