Oatman Arizona


imagesWe just got back from a two week road trip. We stayed over in Lake Havasu and the next morning headed for Vegas via Route 66 and Oatman.

I’d been there in January of 2009 but the wild burros weren’t out that day. Maybe because it was really cold. Not so this time. They were out and enjoying the visitors with treats.

Oatman is listed as a ghost town and a popular spot for tourists.   The route up from Lake Havasu is paved (barely) but the one down to Bullhead city and civilization isn’t. I was talking to one of the clerks and she said people don’t come up it when the weather is bad. We took this picture to prove what we traveled on.2016-04-13T08-38-13-523

Oatman has sort of came back into it’s own as a tourist attraction, though the town, unlike a lot of others, isn’t a mere façade. Instead you can still history there. And of course there is Route 66 and the wild burros. They seem to be gentle and openly beg for treats but we were warned to be wary as they are wild being descendants of pack animals that were turned loose by early prospectors.

Oatman also has the hotel that Clark Gable and Carole Lombard spent a night of their honeymoon in. The weather was in the mid 70’s the day we were there. Perfect for 2016-04-13T08-38-13-520roaming up and down the street. We even stopped into a rustic place for a root beer float that was one of the best I’ve had.

The trip, just over 3200 miles, was fantastic. No two days were alike. A friend who I went through school with and I took the trip we had promised ourselves when we were in our teens. If anything,  the years waiting made it even better.   We know we will always be BFF.

I’ll try to write more about the trip in future blogs. Like our experience with the L.A. freeway challenge.






















12 responses to “Oatman Arizona

  1. So pleased you enjoyed your road trip. I would love to do one in the USA, especially Route 66. Perhaps one day…. (sighs heavily!). 🙂

  2. Sounds like there’s more tales (not burro tails) to be told about this trip. Okay, fess up. What kind of trouble did you guys get in? Nevermind, I’ll wait for the sequel blog. But you’re chuckling right now, aren’t you? 🙂 Glad you had such a good time!

    • Trouble? You know me too well. And yes I am chuckling. I think after this trip I could be a gypsy. So much to see and do in this world. I need at least 3 lifetimes

  3. Wish we could have seen you! We too loved Oatman with all the donkeys. Happy you had a great road trip.

  4. This sounds such fun! A new version of Thelma and Louise? A real Wild West town and I love the burros. Looking forward to the next installment.

  5. Sounds like a great time- glad you got to go. I love the little tidbit about Clark and Carole. Jillian

  6. Sounds like you had a great trip. And Route 66, how exciting! So pleased you and your BFF managed to make this trip and had a lot of fun in the process.

  7. Valerie J. Patterson

    Sounds like a good adventure for school chums to take and enjoy. I’ve heard and read loads about Route 66, but have never heard of the wild burros or Oatman. Thank you for the glimpse into your trip, Lavada!

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