The Gold King Mine Ghost Town

  • Pan for Gold
  • Cookie Policy (EU)

ghost town near jerome az

Home of the Gold King Mine and Ghost Town, Jerome Az!

gold king mine hours sign

We're Open Every Wednesday through Monday!

Are you looking for something to do with the entire family while visiting Jerome Arizona?  Our Gold King Mine Family would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to our humble place.  Stroll around, see what our little spot on Perkinsville road has to offer.  We look forward to your visit!

It has been said that mining is the reason Jerome exists on the side of Cleopatra Hill.  You can gaze down into the old Audrey Headframe shaft on your way to the Douglas Mansion, also known as the Jerome State Park.  But, if you want to get a look at the structures, equipment and vehicles that were used in those early mining days, you and your family are encouraged to visit us at the Gold King Mine & Ghost Town!

You and your family can explore the grounds of the Gold King Mine and step back in time.  Don’t forget your camera!

We no longer are allowing backpacks into the Ghost Town. If you are a professional location scout or a professional photographer or videographer with camera equipment case, please check with staff on duty in the Gift Shop for special permission or follow the link to view our policy and/or send us a message.  The Gold King Mine & Ghost Town appreciates your cooperation!

We are hoping you have plans of visiting the Historic Town of Jerome Arizona with your family and are hopeful that you will come on up the hill, swing by and spend a glorious day at the Gold King Mine and Ghost Town!  We’re less than a mile away from the visitor parking area and the Jerome Fire Department building.  The road is paved all of the way to our location.

We hope to see you soon!

ghost town near jerome az

The Gold King Mine & Ghost Town

We invite you to visit the Gold King Mine and Ghost Town while visiting Jerome Arizona.  The history here is rich and there are stories to be told.  It all began in 1890 . . .

When they dug a 1270 foot mine shaft, (you can still visit it today) searching for copper, they struck GOLD!  The location was only 1 mile north of the mining town, Jerome, but they became their own mining camp called “Haynes”.  In 1901 , the population was 30!  They even had their own post office from 1908 – 1922.

Or course, the gold ran out and the mine was closed.  Years later, 91 years later to be exact, the area was rediscovered by Terry & Don Robertson.  The year was 1981 and Dons’ dream was to share with the world some of the most unique and important icons of the industrial revolution.

Today, the property is filled with vintage transportation: over 180 cars, trucks & motorcycles, including Studebaker’s and Harley’s.  There is mining equipment, historic buildings and a Stamp Mill that was used for crushing the ore.  You will also find a working sawmill and Blacksmith shop with gold panning and a petting zoo for the kids!

We’re happy you’ve found our little spot on the world wide web and hope you can visit in person.  In the meantime, browse around a bit, drop us a line or just view some fun video’s.

The photographic opportunities are endless. Plan on spending at least a few hours if you enjoy photography!

Studebakers Harley Davidsons Working Sawmill Old Trucks Old Tools Fire Trucks

For the Guys . . .

Let's face it, we're intrigued and enjoy different stuff! Check out our Man Cave areas!

Looking for rusty parts, old tools or a Blacksmith shop? We've got 'em. How about a working sawmill? A converted school bus flat track racer that Don Robertson built? Maybe you just wish to walk our grounds and see how many trucks on our property that you recognize!

For the Kids

We have a menagerie on our property and opportunities to find GOLD!

Tell me More!

The gold king mine & ghost town is proud to be a member of;.

The Jerome Chamber of Commerce, the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce and the Sedona Chamber Tourism & Visitors Association.  You will be taken to their website when the logo is clicked.  A NEW browser window will open.  We don’t want to see you go!

jerome arizona chamber of commerce logo

Gold King Mine & Ghost Town

Hours of operation.

  • Monday - 10 to 5
  • Tuesday - CLOSED
  • Wednesday - 10 to 5
  • Thursday - 10 to 5
  • Friday - 10 to 5
  • Saturday - 10 to 5
  • Sunday - 10 to 5

Our Admission Prices

  • Ages 5 & Under - FREE
  • Ages 6 to 12 - $7
  • Ages 13 to 79 - $12
  • Ages 80 & up - FREE

Don Robertson

don robertson hand feeds some baby goats

  • Photographers

The Gold King Mine & Ghost Town

The Geographical Cure

Best Things To Do In Jerome Arizona, A Wicked Ghost Town

Here’s my guide to the historic town of Jerome Arizona. It covers all the top attractions and best things to do and see in Jerome. I also give you tips for visiting and options for day trips from Jerome.

mountain road on the way to Jerome

Located high on Mingus Mountain, Jerome is a once-bustling Wild West mining town in the Verde Valley highlands. When you arrive at its perch, you’ll feel like you’re clinging to a cliff and peering out over a kingdom of green scrub, cacti, and pines.

Jerome was a boomtown turned ghost town. It was restored to life in the 1960s and is now a haven for artists. The unique town makes the perfect day trip or weekend getaway from Sedona, Prescott, Phoenix, or even Tucson.

guide to what to do and see in Jerome Arizona

History Of Jerome

Jerome was born in an unlikely spot. It was built on Cleopatra Hill on top of the largest copper mine in the United States. The first miners were prehistoric Native Americans.

The Spanish followed in search of gold. In 1876, three prospectors staked claims to rich copper deposits.

The United Verde Company, run by William Clark, launched mining operations in 1883. It’s open pit mine was dubbed the “Big Hole.” In 1912, another entrepreneur, James Douglas, opened Little Daisy Mine.

It wasn’t long before Douglas hit the motherlode, the largest copper deposit in the United States. This put Jerome on the map and gave the town two bonanza mines.

abandoned building in "Husband's Alley" in Jerome, a place for bordellos

Jerome became a classic Western frontier town. It attracted miners, bootleggers, saloon keepers, gamblers, and prostitutes. The town became known as the “wickedest city in the West.”

From the 1880s to the early 1950s, Jerome prospered. It produced over $1 billion in copper, gold, and silver. In its heyday, Jerome was the third largest town in Arizona.

In the 1930s, a enormous charge of dynamite was set off. This shifted the earth’s surface under Jerome. Entire sections of Jerome’s business district collapsed and slid downhill.

the haunted Jerome Grand Hotel

Eventually, the ore deposits ran out. The mining industry closed in 1953. Jerome’s fortunes were reversed. The wicked frontier town became a ghost town.

With such a ribald past, it’s no surprise that Jerome is allegedly haunted. Legend holds that ghostly spirits still wander the town — people who died in the mines or gun fights or were murdered.

One ghost is Headless Charlie, who lost his head in a mining accident. Another is Jennie Banters, a madam who ran the bordello and became the richest women in Arizona.

There’s lots of creepy stories about the Jerome Grand Hotel. A caretaker committed suicide in the boiler room. A maintenance man was crushed by the elevator in 1935. He’s thought to ride the 1926 Otis at all hours.

the Hotel Connor and the Spirit Room on the Main Street in Jerome

But Jerome was a survivor. The ghost town was saved by artists and hippies in the 1960s. Artists renovated homes and re-opened abandoned shops.

The Jerome Historical Society protected the town’s buildings. In 1967, Jerome became a designated U.S. National Historic District. Victorian properties still dot the landscape, in need of rediscovery and renovation.

Today’s Jerome is somewhat gentrified and a haven for artists. The business district is just touristed enough to have a charming set of art galleries, artisan shops, boutiques, and restaurants. Crumbling brick buildings sit right next to New Age crystal shops.

Visitor's Center in Jerome

What To Do In Jerome

The top attractions in Jerome are on Main Street, Hull Avenue, and Clark Street. You can pick up a map at the visitor center.

Here are some of the best things to do and see in Jerome:

1. Art Galleries And Shops

One of the best things to do in Jerome is just poke in and out of the art galleries and shops.

Pura Vida Gallery is the best gallery in Jerome and you should definitely stop in. It’s an award winning gallery featuring handicrafts from hundred of artists. Everything is beautiful and unique.

display in Firefly, one of the best galleries in Jerome

Firefly was one of my favorite places in Jerome. It’s a retail gallery with works from both local and international artists inspired by nature.

You’ll find pottery, glass art, metal sculpture. I snagged some Butterfield Pottery when I was there.

Jerome Artists Cooperative Gallery is inside the Jerome Hotel. it has fine crafts, paintings, and pottery by 30 local artists. The gallery regularly hosts galas, workshops, and social events.

Pure Vida Gallery

Raku Gallery has an eclectic collection of fine arts, crafts, hand blown glass, ceramics, etc. From the gallery’s windows, you’ll have spectacular views of the Verde Valley.

Nellie By Kaleidoscopes is a quirky shop housed in the former bordello of Jennie Bankers.

It has the world’s biggest collection of kaleidoscopes, created by artists from all over the world. In addition, it has a large selection of handmade marbles and dichroic jewelry.

Douglas Mansion, on of the top attractions in Jerome

2. Jerome State Historic Park & Douglas Mansion

You can learn about the history of Jerome at Jerome State Historic Park . This is definitely one of the best things to do in Jerome.

The centerpiece of the park is Douglas Mansion. It’s the largest adobe structure in Arizona. The mansion houses a museum dedicated to the history of Jerome and the Douglas family. 

the historic Daisy Mine is now a luxury mansion

The museum has photographs, mining artifacts, minerals, memorabilia, and video presentations. There’s also a 3D model of the town and its underground tunnels. The restored Douglas library is a beautiful period room.

Outside of the house, there’s a scenic viewpoint where you can have a picnic or just enjoy the views of the Verde Valley.

  • Address : 100 Douglas Rd, Jerome, AZ 86331
  • Entry Fee : $7
  • Hours : 10:00 am – 4:00 pm daily

ruins of the Bartlett Hotel with an art installation

3. Ruins of Bartlett Hotel

The Bartlett Hotel was built in 1901. It replaced a wooden structure called the Grandview Hotel that was destroyed by fire.

The interior was once lavishly decorated, with each room a different color. It also housed Jerome’s newspaper, a bank, a drugs store, and offices.

When the landslides began, the Bartlett became unstable. It was abandoned in the 1940s. The ruins of the structure remain, part of Jerome’s ghostly atmosphere.

Today, the crumbling shell of this once grand hotel is used as a sort of dry wishing well. Tourists throw change at targets like an old toilet and an outhouse. The hotel houses several art installations that stick with the creepy theme.

Gold King Mine Museum, one of the best things to do in Jerome

  4. Gold King Mine

Don’t miss the abandoned Gold King Mine , a top attraction in Jerome. It’s a museum that consists of a rambling outdoor graveyard of rusting old mining equipment.

You can walk the grounds. The hulking ruins take you back in time to the early American industrial age.

The museum is filled with vintage transportation: cars, trucks, and motorcycles. There’s mining equipment, historic buildings, and a Stamp Mill that was used for crushing the ore. You will also find a working sawmill and Blacksmith shop.

  • Address : Perkinsville Rd, Jerome, AZ 86331
  • Hours : 8:30 am – 4:45 pm

Jerome's Sliding Jail, a historic building

5. Sliding Jail

In 1905, Jerome’s Sliding Jail was built into a hill. In the 1930s, it was subject to landslides that caused entire section of Jerome’s business district to collapse and slide downhill. The jail now stands 200 feet away from where it was originally built. 

Because Jerome was the “wickedest town in the west,” the jail was put to good use. Its inmates included gamblers, prostitutes, drunks, and gunfighters.

Today, the ruins of the old fashioned jail are stabilized and fenced off. It’s like something right from an Old Western and is one of the things to see in Jerome.

ghost town near jerome az

6. Jerome Mine Museum

The Jerome Historical Society Mine Museum is a non-profit museum and gift shop. It opened in the early 1950s.

The museum takes a deep dive into Arizona mining history. You can inspect old miners equipment and remains of gambling saloons. Other artifacts include miners’ candlesticks, carbide lamps, cages, drills, and ore carts.

  • Hours : 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Entry fee : $2
  • Address : 407 Clark Street

Tuzigoot National Monument

7. Tuzigoot National Monument 

The Tuzigoot National Monument is located about 10 minutes from Jerome in nearby Clarksdale.

The people who built and lived in the rooms of the Tuzigoot pueblo were part of a thriving trade community. The pueblo consists of over 100 rooms. It was most likely home to several hundred people for several hundred years.

After the pueblo was abandoned in the 1300s, it stood empty for over six centuries. In the early 1930s, Tuzigoot was excavated by American archeologists. It became a designated national monument in 1939.

There’s an onsite museum that is comprised of archeological artifacts removed from Tuzigoot and nearby archeological sites.

  • Address : 25 Tuzigoot Rd, Clarkdale, AZ 86324
  • Entry Fee :  $10. The ticket also gets you into the nearby Montezuma’s Castle.
  • Hours : 8:00 am to 4:45 pm

Four Eight Wineworks in Jerome

8. Wine Tasting

Wine tasting is big business in the Verde Valley and one of the best things to do in Jerome. The Verde Valley Wine Trail comprises over two dozen venues, with new tasting rooms popping up all the time.

On this stretch of the wine trail, the wine is more experimental and free spirited than elsewhere in Arizona. But it’s getting more serious by the minute.

In Jerome itself, you can indulge in wine tasting at Four Eight Wineworks on Main Street. The unpretentious winery is run as a cooperative. The wines on display come from the tenants who share a winemaking facility.

You can also check out Passion Cellars in Jerome. The winery specializes in fruit forward, complex, and artistically blended red wines and crisp white wines.

Passion Cellars, a winery that's one of the best things to do in Jerome

Another good local option is Vina Zona . For roughly $20 per person, you’ll have a tasting of 5 glasses in a beautiful setting.

Further afield is the excellent Verde valley winery Javelina Leap . It’s just 30 minutes from Jerome. Grapes range from Roussanne, Voignier, and Syrah.

Another delicious winery in the area is Page Springs Cellar . The winery sits on an artesian spring, which makes the place look wild and beautiful.

If you want to take a wine tour of the Verde Valley, click here for a day tour from Sedona. This cool tour gives you a 6 hour tour on a hop on hop off van . You can also combine wine with the vortexes of Sedona on this tour .

the former bordello of Jerome, now a restaurant

9. Jerome Tours

Other than wine tours, there are other good tours you can book to get the lowdown on Jerome, its mining history, and the Verde Valley.

For a 5 hour tour exploring the history and sites of Jerome, click   here . You can also take a guided tour on a day trip from Sedona .

Jerome takes its “ghost town” moniker seriously.

If you want to take a deep dive into Jerome’s paranormal past, you can take a  ghostly walking tour  in Jerome. Or, take a classic ghost tour that leaves from Sedona.

Vaqueros Grill & Cantina

Where To Eat In Jerome

There are plenty of good places to eat in Jerome. The Mine Cafe is a beloved institution offering up breakfast and lunch dishes. You’ll find everything from strawberry French toast to burgers.

Grapes is a more upscale restaurant. Here, you’ll find Italian themed dishes in a cozy ambience. If it’s Mexican food you’re craving, stop in at Vaqueros Grill and Cantina .

If you want to tap into Jerome’s haunted vibe, have a burger at Haunted Hamburger . The restaurant is supposedly haunted by a frustrated tradesman with a thing for hammers.

The Spirit Room is the perfect place to stop in for a cocktail and live music. It’s located just below the Hotel Connor.

fudge shop on the main drag in Jerome

Where To Stay In Jerome

I didn’t stay in Jerome, as I was day tripping there.

But the Jerome Grand Hotel and the Clinkscale Hotel are good hotel options.

Getting To Jerome

Jerome is about 25 miles southwest of Sedona. It takes 45 minutes to drive there. Jerome is also a 2 hour drive from Phoenix.

Ghost Town donkey amid mining ruins

You access the town via the twisty Mingus Mountain with (slightly hair raising) switchback roads. The view out over the valley is gorgeous.

There’s only one pull off though. Otherwise, if you’re driving, keep your eyes on the road!

Parking can be tough in town. There are limited parking lots and street parking available. The streets are also very narrow and can get backed up with traffic quickly. It’s best to arrive early.

historic Old Town of Cottonwood, a tp attraction near Jerome

More Time In Jerome?

Looking for some other things to do in and around Jerome? You could combine a visit to Jerome with other attractions in the Verde Valley. Here are four easy day trips from Jerome:

1. Cottonwood

Old Town Cottonwood is less than 20 minutes from Jerome. So you could easily visit both towns on a day trip.

Cottonwood is the main stage for Verde Valley wineries. The four block stretch of Main Street is loaded with wineries.

Main Street in Cottonwood

The architectural heritage of Old Town Cottonwood is recognized in the USA’s National Register of Historic Places. On Main Street, there are buildings that originate from the Prohibition era and plenty of museums.

There are also plenty of hiking trails near Cottonwood — Sycamore Canyon, Woodchute Mountain, and Brins Mesa.

Yavapai County Courthouse Square in the center of Prescott

2. Prescott

Prescott is a quaint and cool town in Arizona, less than an hour from Jerome. Founded in 1864, Prescott has more than 800 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places.

In particular, the town is home to Arizona’s famous  Whiskey Row . This stretch of road on south Montezuma Street once housed 40+ bars. The oldest whiskey bar is  The Palace , which opened in 1877. 

Nowadays, Prescott isn’t that wild. You’ll find plenty of ice cream and fudge shops, boutiques, and art galleries. If you wander down from the main plaza to Cortez Street, you’ll find Antique Row.

Montezuma Castle

3. Montezuma Castle

Established in 1906,  Montezuma Castle  is one of the top attractions near Jerome. It’s the third National Monument dedicated to preserving Native American culture. 

It’s a 20 room high rise apartment, nestled into a towering limestone cliff. The castle tells a story of ingenuity and survival in an unforgiving desert landscape.

Despite the name, there’s no connection between the monument and the famous Aztec leader. 

A self-guided loop trail leads you past the incredible five story cliff dwelling, through the sycamore grove and along Beaver Creek. Another loop leads you past an oasis used by the Sinagua people over 600 years ago. You can also take a 25 minute ranger tour.

You can see both Jerome and Montezuma’s Castle on a  day tour  from Sedona.

Cathedral Rock at Oak Creek in Sedona

Nestled amid striking sandstone formations, Sedona is a real looker. It’s only 45 minutes from Jerome. This scenic desert town is surrounded by glowing red buttes and steep canyons. 

The myriad hiking trails will take you to up winding paths, to overlooks that will leave you breathless with awe. 

Sedona is also an adorable New Age town and healing paradise. Sedona has long attracted spiritual seekers, artists, and healers. Many people believe that the Sedona vortexes radiate the earth’s energy.

Devil's Bridge in Sedona

Uptown Sedona is filled with cute shops and galleries sell crystals, fine art, ceramics, and new age paraphernalia.

Here’s my guide to the best things to do and see in Sedona .

To explore Sedona by jeep, an iconic thing to do, you can take this  Pink Jeeps tour to the red rocks range. This  tour  takes you to the ancient ruins, including the Palatki Heritage site. This  tour  takes you to Diamondback Gultch for red rock views.

an old blast furnace in use in 1882 in Jerome

I hope you’ve enjoyed my guide to the best things to do in Jerome Arizona. It’s definitely a unique town to visit and holds some interesting pieces of U.S. history. You may enjoy these other U.S. city itineraries:

  • 1 day itinerary for Portland Maine
  • 2 day itinerary for Philadelphia
  • 2 days in Washington D.C. itinerary
  • 3 day itinerary for Boston
  • 1 day in Hanover New Hampshire
  • 35 Landmarks in Boston
  • 1 day itinerary for Cambridge
  • Guide to Salem Massachusetts
  • Guide To Boulder Colorado
  • 1 day itinerary for Denver
  • 2 day itinerary for Cleveland Ohio
  • Best Things To Do in Pittsburgh

If you want to know what to do in Jerome, pin it for later.

guide to the top attractions and best things to do in Jerome Arizona

Leave a Comment Cancel reply

Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.

Last Updated on March 11, 2022 by Leslie Livingston

ghost town near jerome az

This former mountain mining community earned the nickname “The Wickedest Town in the West” during its heyday, when rich copper ore deposits attracted miners, merchants, madams and more to Yavapai County.

More than a century later, Jerome's rough-and-tumble spirit has been tempered but not completely tamed, which helped the town narrowly escape a fate that befell many others that fell to ruin after their linchpin mines closed. Today, Jerome is known for being a hillside destination for visitors eager to discover more about the Verde Valley’s mines, wines, fine arts and spectral spirits. This town serves up its history with a side of humor: There’s still a Bordello on Main Street, for example, but the modern incarnation is meant to sate guests’ appetites for burgers only. Read on to discover more about what to enjoy on your visit to Jerome.

Vintage shops

Downtown Jerome’s streets and stairways wend past several tasting rooms and bottle shops that showcase the viticulture of the Verde Valley. At least a half-dozen offer curated lists of wines or ciders, available by the glass, flight or bottle. Jerome’s restaurants tend to include at least one local brand on their menus, too.

Exceptional exhibitionists

It’s not exaggerating to say that artists and craftspeople saved Jerome. The town’s former high school, for example, houses the Jerome Art Center, where more than 30 artists rent studio space. Throughout town, galleries are tucked in former houses and storefronts, showcasing furniture, photography, fine art, jewelry and more.

A haunting good time

The catastrophic fires and violent deaths from the town’s early days have led to Jerome’s “ghost town” status. Over the years, there have been several accounts of ghosts and apparitions that roam the town’s historic buildings and neighborhoods. Evening ghost tours and spirit walks introduce visitors to the local hotels, houses, hospital and high school that former residents are said to haunt.

Dig deep into the history of Jerome

The copper mines may have closed, but they’re by no means forgotten. Just above the former Little Daisy mine, what once served as the Douglas family mansion has been converted into the museum and visitors center for Jerome State Historic Park , which contains displays, demonstrations and tours related to the town’s mining boom. And throughout Jerome, placards share the history of both ruins and remaining buildings, inspiring renewed appreciation for the renaissance the town’s residents have been able to craft themselves. Turns out, all that rough tumbling revealed the gem that had been lying underneath all this time, ready to shine once again.

Visit City Website

More to Discover Near Jerome

Jerome State Historic Park

Jerome State Historic Park

Discover the history of Jerome, AZ at Jerome State Historic Park. This museum was once the stately mansion of mining mogul James Douglas.

Seeing the iconic red rocks of Sedona will simply take your breath away. You will be awestruck by the majestic crimson rock formations and...

Flagstaff

Enjoy all four seasons in Northern Arizona’s largest city — located along historic Route 66 just 80 miles from the Grand Canyon.

48 Hours in Jerome and Cottonwood

Leisure & Relaxation

48 Hours in Jerome and Cottonwood

You could spend a week immersing yourself in the vibrant arts, culture, food and history in these two Verde Valley towns. But if you only have...

Eat, Sleep, Play: 5 Small-Town Arizona Road Trips

Eat, Sleep, Play: 5 Small-Town Arizona Road Trips

Road Trips to the small towns of Patagonia, Williams, Bisbee, Jerome and Prescott lead to big adventures.

Arizona's Ghost Town Getaways

Road Trips & Tours

Arizona's Ghost Town Getaways

You needn't travel far in Arizona before coming across a ghost town or two. Try these quirky towns for the perfect spooky—or just plain...

Arizona’s Artist Enclaves

Arts & Entertainment

Arizona’s Artist Enclaves

From Sedona to Bisbee, explore the Grand Canyon State's fun, funky creative centers.

Explore North Central Arizona

Explore North Central Arizona

Arizona is a state of abundant natural resources, with diverse elevations and microclimates all within some of the best-known national parks,...

48 Hours in Jerome and Cottonwood

Search Filters

  • Arts & Culture
  • Performing Arts
  • American Indian

Galleries & Museums

  • The Old West
  • Distilleries
  • Family Activities
  • Outdoor Adventure
  • Boating & Water
  • Fishing & Hunting

Hiking & Trails

Horseback Riding

  • Nature & Wildlife
  • Winter Activity
  • Road Trips & Itineraries
  • Hot Air Balloons
  • Visitor Centers

Spas & Luxury

  • Guest Ranches
  • Verde Valley

Search Results

360 Adventures

360 Adventures

Arizona adventure tours by 360 Adventures take the worry out of exploring so you can focus on having fun. While Arizona features some of...

10919 S Central Ave Phoenix, Arizona 85042

A Spa for You Sedona Day Spa

A Spa for You Sedona Day Spa

A Spa for You, Sedona's premier boutique day spa, offers Sedona’s original, all-inclusive, individually custom-designed massages, signature...

30 Kayenta Ct Sedona, Arizona 86336

Alcantara Vineyard

Alcantara Vineyard

What started as a dream venture created by Barbara and husband Bob, Alcantara Vineyards has grown to over 20,000 vines and an offering of...

3445 S Grapevine Way Cottonwood, Arizona 86326

Arcosanti & Cosanti Foundation

Arcosanti & Cosanti Foundation

Arcosanti is an urban laboratory focused on innovative design, community, and environmental accountability. Our goal is to actively pursue...

13555 S Cross L Rd Mayer, Arizona 86333

Arizona Golf Trails

Arizona Golf Trails

Arizona Golf Trails provides luxury golf vacations to Arizona destinations. With a focus on Scottsdale, Phoenix and Tucson, we can put...

10220 E Dinosaur Ridge Rd Apache Junction, Arizona 85118

Arizona Stronghold

Arizona Stronghold

Our wines showcase the originality of the southwest highlands and accent the terrain, which can be enjoyed in each glass of Arizona...

1023 N Main St Cottonwood, Arizona 86326

Arizona Trail Expeditions

Arizona Trail Expeditions

Arizona Trail Expeditions is a division of Hermosa Tours located in Sedona, Arizona. AZT Expeditions is a new program offered in...

1695 W State Rte 89A Sedona, Arizona 86336

Arizona Winery Tours

Arizona Winery Tours

Arizona Winery Tours offers an all-inclusive enjoyable and elegant way to experience Arizona's premier wineries.Our regularly scheduled...

AZ Wine Wagon

AZ Wine Wagon

Bizcor

Sedona.org was the natural progression of a team of vacation rental company owners who saw the need and potential for an elevated standard...

Burning Tree Cellars

Burning Tree Cellars

Burning Trees offerings represent a wide range of single varietal wines and traditional blends sourced from some of the finest vineyards...

1040 N Main St Cottonwood, Arizona 86326

Cabal Cellars

Cabal Cellars

Cabal Cellars is a "custom-crush" collective/collaboration between the teams from Passion Cellars and Salvatore Vineyards. Employees are...

417 Hull Ave Jerome, Arizona 86331

Results 1 - 12 of 67

  • Link to site translated for China
  • Link to site translated for Japan
  • Link to site translated for France
  • Link to site translated for Germany
  • Link to site translated for Mexico
  • Link to Arizona Office of Tourism's official Facebook page Facebook
  • Link to Arizona Office of Tourism's official Instagram Instagram
  • Link to Arizona Office of Tourism's official Twitter Twitter
  • Link to Arizona Office of Tourism's official Pinterest Pinterest
  • Link to Arizona Office of Tourism's official YouTube channel YouTube
  • Link to Arizona Office of Tourism's official TikTok TikTok

homepage default image

Most Searched Stories

Travel Guide

Request Your Copy

Official State Travel Guide

Events

Top Annual Events

Appreciate AZ

Sustainability

Appreciate AZ

Plan Your Trip

Travel Inspiration

Plan Your Trip

Cities & regions.

From the abundance of Saguaro cactuses and unique wildlife in the Sonoran Desert to the high country and forests of the White Mountains to the breathtaking Grand Canyon, Arizona’s regions are full of experiences that don’t disappoint.

What The Fab

Jerome Ghost Town: 9 Things to Do in Jerome

Categories Domestic Travel , Travel

Share this post or pin it for later!

ghost town near jerome az

During the last day of our recent Sedona trip, we decided we wanted to check out Jerome, a ghost town in Arizona before heading to the airport.

Jerome’s ghost town used to be a booming copper mining town in the early 1900s.

I’d never been to a ghost town before, so I was intrigued!

Jerome sits on a hilltop overlooking Verde Valley, and in its heyday was home to more than 10,000 people in the 1920’s.

At that time Jerome was dubbed “The Wickedest Town in the West,” which makes me picture all of the West World vibes.

At its lowest point following the Great Depression, only ~100 people lived in Jerome, and now that it’s become a little bit more of a tourist destination, about 400 people live there.

The production and copper mining in Jerome was booming during World War I, thanks to the United Verde Copper Company setting up shop once word had spread there was ore in the hills.

At one point Jerome was the largest copper mine in Arizona, producing 3 million tons of copper per month.

After WWI, production fluctuated, until it finally petered out during the Great Depression and as the ore deposits ran out.

The mines closed and the population dwindled, but the residents turned their town into a retail and tourism site.

Jerome is a historical landmark, officially named so in 1967, and now you can find art galleries, coffee shops, museums, restaurants, hotels, and a state park there.

Getting to Jerome:

Jerome is about 25 miles southwest of Sedona, and it takes 45 minutes to drive there.

For us, it was the perfect detour on the way to the airport.

It’s not really “on the way” to PHX, and will add 45 minutes to your route from Sedona to the airport, but we had time to kill and it was fun to check out on our last day.

Or if you’re in Phoenix, Jerome is a two-hour drive and could be a fun day trip.

Do be prepared for parking to be tough. There are limited parking lots and street parking available.

The streets are also very narrow and can get backed up with traffic quickly.

The main street of Jerome kinda curves up and to the left, and we couldn’t find any parking in the first couple of main lots so we had to continue up the hill.

Once you start to go up the incline, there’s another parking area up there where we were able to find parking.

If you go up too far, the parking becomes reserved for residents only.

Things to do in Jerome ghost town, by travel blogger What The Fab

Should I stay in Jerome?

Jerome does have a couple of hotels and B&B’s if you wanted to stay there.

Unless you’re really into ghost towns and that kind of United States history, I would say you probably don’t need to stay in Jerome, and just make a day trip out of it.

Or if you’re heading to Northern Arizona from Phoenix and want to make a pitstop and break the trip up a bit, staying in Jerome could be a fun option.

And if you really want to stay there just because you’re into ghost towns, don’t let me burst your bubble!

The Connor Hotel looked pretty cool and historic and would be my pick if we were staying in Jerome.

Being that Jerome is a ghost town, pretty much all the top things to do in Jerome are centered around history.

Strolling through the town feels like you’ve gone back in time, and checking out the different museums and historical sites will give you more context about this interesting and once booming little city.

I’d never been to a ghost town before, so I found it really interesting.

Plus, there are plenty of fun photo ops, if you’re looking for something different for your Instagram feed.

So let’s dive in! Here are nine things to do in Jerome, ghost town and former wickedest town in the west.

Jerome: Ghost Town

Things to do in Jerome ghost town, by travel blogger What The Fab

Jerome State Historic Park

This state park features the Douglas Mansion, which was built in 1916 by a family of mining entrepreneurs in Jerome.

At the time, the Douglas Mansion was originally designed as a hotel for mining officlas and investors.

Inside Douglas Mansion, you’ll find a museum dedicated to the history of Jerome, as well as the Douglas family.

The museum has photographs, mining artifacts, minerals, models of what the town and its underground mines used to look like, and video presentations.

Outside of the house, there’s a scenic viewpoint where you can have a picnic or just enjoy the views of the Verde Valley.

Gold King Mine and Ghost Town

Gold King Mine and Ghost Town is a historic mine that offers a trip back in time.

It’s definitely a funky place to check out, with dilapidated buildings, an old mine, a blacksmith shop, and antique trucks and mining equipment.

There are a few different activities you can do, like panning for gold and feeding the animals (yes, there are random animals).

Things to do in Jerome ghost town, by travel blogger What The Fab

Jerome Historical Society Mine Museum

This is an interesting little museum with more artifacts and history about Jerome and the people who built the town.

The museum shows a peek into pieces of Jerome’s history like native pueblos, fires, police, mining, and gambling at the saloons.

Again, very West World vibes!

Jerome’s Sliding Jail

Since Jerome is built into a hill, it was subject to landslides.

This jail now stands 200 feet away from where it was originally built.

Given that Jerome was dubbed the “wickedest town in the west,” this jail got put to good use due to all the gambling, prostituting, drinking, and gunfights.

If you’re into ghost towns, you’re probably into ghosts.

Freak yourself out a bit and go on a ghost hunting night tour!

You’ll learn about the town’s spooky history, and get EVP equipment to read all the paranormal activity.

OoOoOoOohhh! I kid, but I would probably be shaking in my boots.

Read the reviews and you’ll see people have a lot of spooky fun on this tour.

Historical Walking Tour

Go on a historical walking tour through the town of Jerome and learn all about its history.

During this one-hour tour, your guide will take you around Jerome and share stories about its former residents, miners, and gamblers.

You’ll stop by an old mine entrance and learn about its secret passageways.

Hear stories of Jerome’s Red Light District that was functioning until 1918.

Tuzigoot National Monument

Tuzigoot (can we just take a beat to appreciate how funny the name is??) is a national monument that has ruins from a village from 1100 AD.

Situated on top of the hill in a really beautiful area, the pueblo that was once here had 110 rooms.

There’s a small little museum and rangers/volunteers there who can share more with you about the history of this site.

Walkthrough the ruins and get up close and personal with them while learning some local history.

Take the Verde Canyon Train

Taking the historic Verde Canyon Train would be a fun option to get to and from Jerome.

This railroad has been in service for over 100 years, and it started in Jerome, Arizona, giving miners access to this city built into the steep mountain cliffs.

things to do in Jerome Ghost Town, by travel blogger What The Fab

Grab Lunch with a View

Since Jerome is built into a mountain, it has some pretty great views.

We had lunch at Haunted Hamburger and sat outside on their patio. Their burgers were good and the views were great.

This list should keep you busy for a day or two of checking out Jerome, America’s largest ghost town!

It’s definitely a unique town to visit and holds some interesting pieces of United States history.

Is it super funky? Sure. But that’s what makes it interesting.

By the way, if you’re heading to Sedona (which I certainly hope you are if you’ll be in Jerome—it’s far too beautiful of an area to be only 45 minutes away from and not get to see!), be sure to check out my other Sedona travel guides !

Sedona Travel Guides by Travel Blogger What The Fab

Heading to Sedona? Explore my other Sedona content here.

Top Things to See in Sedona Sedona Itinerary :  In-Depth Travel Guide Best Sedona Airbnbs Best Sedona Restaurants with a View Best Hikes in Sedona Pink Jeep Tour Sedona

Jerome is known as a ghost town today but in the past it was the largest producer of copper, gold, and silver in Arizona.

Yes, Jerome is definitely worth visiting for its historical past and gorgeous scenery.

There are so many things to do in Jerome like: – Jerome State Historic Park – Gold King Mine and Ghost Town – Jerome Historical Society Mine Museum – Jerome’s Sliding Jail

ghost town near jerome az

Elise Armitage is an entrepreneur and founder of What The Fab , a travel + lifestyle blog based in California. At the beginning of 2019, Elise left her corporate job at Google to chase her dreams: being an entrepreneur and helping women find fabulous in the everyday. Since then, she’s launched her SEO course Six-Figure SEO, where she teaches bloggers how to create a passive revenue stream from their website using SEO. Featured in publications like Forbes, Elle, HerMoney, and Real Simple, Elise is a firm believer that you can be of both substance and style.

Related Posts

Best wineries in Carneros, by travel blogger What The Fab

Friday 27th of January 2023

Jerome is probably most popular for the grand hotel that sits up on the hill It can be hard to get a reservation at this hotel as it’s popular for ghost hunting. It was once a hospital and insane asylum. Over 9,000 people have passed away here. We are going to stay there this weekend!

Janet Weninger

Friday 12th of May 2023

@Nicole, how was the hotel?

Elise Armitage

Sunday 29th of January 2023

Ahh so creepy but v cool! Thanks for sharing, have fun in Jerome!

Arizona Vacation

Jerome Arizona Ghost Town

By AZ Leisure Staff Writers

Photo of Jerome AZ

Jerome, Arizona is a ghost town alive and well. From wickedly wild to wildly artistic. Located high atop Cleopatra Hill between Sedona and Prescott , this historic copper and gold mining town founded in 1876. When gold was discovered in Jerome, miners, gamblers and bad boys of the old west flocked here. Saloons and bawdy houses were the entertainment after a hard days work. At one time, Jerome was the fourth largest town in the Arizona Territory with a rowdy population that reached over 15,000.

Watson Lake

When gold and copper deposits dwindled, Jerome AZ became a veritable ghost town with about 50 residents that stayed behind. Although Jerome is now a treasured tourist magnet, comprised of artists, writers, unique boutique shops, wine bars, quaint dining spots and amazing views across the Verde Valley. Its appearance has not changed much in the last 100 years.

Many of the old buildings from the late 1890s still stand and are occupied by proprietors while many structures are fragment relics from its very early days. Because Jerome was built on the side of a hill, gravity and erosion has caused building to slide down the 30 degree slope. Tourists can enjoy walking among the buildings of historical significance while shopping for art treasures and dining on outside patios overlooking the views.

Watson Lake

During its rough and tough days, Jerome was given the distinction of "Wickedest Town in the West" . Saloons and brothels lined the streets. Jerome, Arizona produced over a billion dollars worth of gold, copper, silver and zinc during a period of over 70 years until the last mine closed in 1953.

During the 60's and 70's artists discovered the decaying ghost town community of Jerome AZ It blossomed into a mecca of artists. The old buildings, mining sites, and stately ruins provide rich materials for a variety of art forms. As people began trickling back to Jerome, an eclectic mix of artists, craftspersons, writers and musicians have made Jerome their home.

When visiting Jerome there are places with character in which to stay. The historic Jerome Grand Hotel , which is rumored to be haunted and the Ghost City Inn Bed & Breakfast are some of the accommodations Jerome has to offer. Other hotel and lodging accommodations are located in nearby Camp Verde, Cottonwood, and Sedona Arizona.

Jerome Video

Jerome Arizona Map

Related Jerome Interest

Jerome Arizona Article About Jerome AZ Jerome Bed & Breakfasts Jerome Photos Jerome Weather Info

In The Pines Around Prescott

Prescott Arizona Map & Directions Prescott Arizona Average Temperatures About Prescott AZ Prescott Pictures Jerome Area Map Jerome Arizona

Lakes Nearby Prescott Watson Lake Goldwater Lake Lynx Lake Willow Lake

Things To Do Camping In Prescott Prescott Lakes Prescott Attractions Prescott Golf Courses Prescott Hiking Horseback Riding Prescott Museums

Nearby Camping White Spar Campground Lynx Lake Campground Granite Group Camping Hilltop Campground Yavapai Campground Lower Wolf Creek Upper Wolf Creek

Where To Stay Prescott Cabin Rentals Bed & Breakfast Prescott RV Parks

Prescott Articles History Lives In Prescott Whiskey Row

Top Arizona Destination Areas

Arizona Lakes

Pleasant , Rainbow , Willow Springs , Big Lake , More...

White Mountains In Arizona

Greer , Strawberry , Cabins , Heber-Overgard , More...

Flagstaff, Arizona In Arizona

Peaks Drive , Map , Williams , San Francisco Peaks , More...

Wildlife In Arizona

Javalinas , Bats , Bobcats , Tarantulas , Bear , More...

Sedona Oak Creek Canyon

Oak Creek Canyon , Palatki Ruins , Map , Weather , More...

Prescott and Jerome, AZ

Map , Jerome , Weather , Camping , Cabins , More...

Phoenix, Arizona

Apache Junction , Mesa , Chandler , Parks , More...

Things To Do In Arizona

Parks , Map , Route 66 , Cabins , Distance Guide , More...

Northern Arizona Attractions

Sledding , Painted Desert , Antelope Canyon , More...

Lake Powell - Page Arizona

Wahweap , Map , Facts , Houseboats , Distances , More...

Southern Arizona Attractions

Tucson , Nogales , Tombstone , Rocky Point , More...

The Grand Canyon In Arizona

Phoenix To South Rim , Wildlife , Weather , Falls , More...

Colorado River Area

Hoover Dam , Parker , Bullhead City , Lake Havasu , More...

Most Popular Arizona Attractions

Home Phoenix Area Map Arizona Lakes Pickleball In Arizona Javelinas In Arizona Rocky Point Mexico Parks In Arizona Arizona Map Snow Sledding Oak Creek Canyon Drive Arizona White Mountains Palatki Indian Ruins Phoenix To South Rim Arizona Wildlife Painted Desert Sedona Route 66 Attractions Cabin Rentals Pinetop - Lakeside Arizona Distance Chart Jerome Area Map Page - Lake Powell Antelope Canyon Nogales Mexico Show Low Arizona Water Skiing Colorado River Area Wine & Vinyards Snowflake - Taylor Marble Canyon Alpine Prescott Area Map Montezuma Castle Arizona Attractions Petrified Forest Flagstaff Payson Things To Do Arizona Indian Ruins Prescott Arizona Photo Gallery Superstition Mountain Williams Northern Arizona Grand Canyon Southern Arizona Greater Phoenix Area Hoover Dam Monument Valley Articles Canyon de Chelly Horseshoe Bend Arizona Quick Facts

Arizona Lakes

Phoenix Area Lakes Apache Lake Bartlett Lake Canyon Lake Lake Pleasant Roosevelt Lake Saguaro Lake Tempe Town Lake Urban Lakes

Payson Area Lakes Bear Canyon Lake Black Canyon Lake Blue Ridge Reservoir Chevelon Canyon Lake Knoll Lake Willow Springs Lake Woods Canyon Lake

White Mountains Lakes Becker Lake Big Lake Crescent Lake Fool Hollow Lake Hawley Lake Luna Lake Lyman Lake Rainbow Lake Show Low Lake Woodland Lake

Lake Powell

Prescott Lakes Goldwater Lake Lynx Lake Watson Lake Willow Lake

Flagstaff Area Lakes Ashurst Lake Kinnikinick Lake Mormon Lake Upper Lake Mary

Colorado River Lakes Lake Havasu Lake Mead Lake Mohave

Lake Patagonia

Fine Art Photography By Mike Koopsen

Arizona Tourist Vacation Planning Guide | About Us | Site Map | Terms of Use | Contact |

Jerome, Arizona: Visiting America’s Largest Ghost Town

jerome-arizona-ghost-town (1)

Roam The Largest Ghost Town in America: Jerome, AZ

The connection I have with Arizona is unlike any other I have felt compared to other US states. I constantly find myself returning for the beautiful desert scenery, endless fields of cacti, and of course the many historic ghost towns.

Scattered across the state you will find many different types of ghost towns. Towns either deserted and abandoned or refurbished and full of life with tourists and locals. Whichever type, to explore the old rustic streets of these towns has always been a huge personal interest.

After our overnight stay in the beautiful city of Sedona , we discovered not too far away lay America’s largest ghost town – Jerome, Arizona.

We were recovering from a previous hike to Devil’s Bridge the day before, so a relaxed outing to Jerome sounded perfect to end our trip. Plans were updated and we scheduled the following day to go explore this legendary location.

Jerome Location & Details

jerome-arizona-ghost-town (5)

Jerome Arizona is located about 100 miles north of Phoenix, in between Sedona and Prescott. The town is nestled high in the Black Mountains, about 5,000 feet above sea level, overlooking the Verde Valley below. A very quaint, little village bustles with families, tourists, and locals.

Jerome is right off highway 89A just west of the town of Cottonwood. Once you start heading up a small windy road towards the top of the mountain, you know you’re getting close.

For being America’s largest ghost town, the city is only made up of a 3 main streets and a few small side streets. You can find most of the attractions off the 3 main streets known as Clark St, Main St, and Hull Ave.

Parking is free! You can choose any one of the few parking lots or luck out with street parking.

jerome-arizona-ghost-town (9)

The History of Jerome

Before Jerome became the town it is today, it was a small mining site where the Yavapai Tribe mined copper for jewelry. The first miners began mining rich ore deposits in the late 1800s. For around 70 years, Jerome’s copper mines were very successful and produced millions of dollars. The town was named after Eugene Jerome, A New York Lawyer who financed the United Verde Copper Company.

Eventually gold was discovered and thousands of people flocked to Jerome for a chance of striking big within the mines. Population grew from around 250 people in 1890 to over 15,000 people in the 1920s.

jerome-arizona-ghost-town (10)

“Wickedest City In The West”

Due to its large and growing population, businesses and various forms of entertainment started to appear in the small city. Residents could now enjoy more lively establishments like saloons, restaurants, hotels, brothels, and even an opera house. With its expanding activities, Jerome eventually started to grow a bad reputation. Crime increased as more gangs and gamblers started to infiltrate the city. 

The town became so corrupt that it was eventually named the “Wickedest City in the West” by a New York newspaper.

It was common for the towns residents to die from gunfights, being stabbed, beaten, strangled, overdosing, or committing suicide. A very similar case to the other dangerous and rowdy ghost town in Arizona known as Tombstone . (my favorite ghost town in the US!)

jerome-arizona-ghost-town (8)

In 1953, gold and copper started to disappear from the mountains and the last of the remaining mines shut down. Many of the residents left with only around 50 people who remained. Jerome was slipping into becoming a deserted ghost town as buildings were left to decay and crumble.

Today, you can still see remains of many of the original buildings scattered throughout the town.

In 1970, the town was given a second chance as residents founded the Historical Society and established Jerome as the largest ghost city in America. The town was preserved and restored, now with a population of around 500 people.

Wandering Jerome’s Historic Streets – What to See & Do

Roaming the streets of Jerome today, you can still find many of the towns original buildings lining the streets. Although the city has undergone drastic changes and looks different compared to what it once was. Majority of the area has been renovated with a large selection of shops and restaurants. Very similar to Calico Ghost Town , another lively ghost town we visited earlier in the year.

We only had half the day to explore Jerome, so we did what many others do – drink, eat, and wander.

The town itself was a lot more crowded than I expected! This was probably due to the fact we were visiting over Memorial Day weekend. I’m sure you can enjoy this ghost town more peacefully if you were to visit during the week or outside of holidays.

jerome-arizona-ghost-town (3)

Time for Saloon Beer!

To start, we wanted to enjoy a cold one from one of the original saloons of Jerome: Paul & Jerry’s Saloon off of Main Street. This bar had an authentic feel like many other historic saloons we have visited in other ghost towns.

The beer was cold, the locals were friendly, and the game of pool was cheap. Exactly the type of saloon experience we were looking for.

Haunted Hamburger – Burgers and Spirits (of both kinds)

Out of the numerous restaurants in Jerome, the one that caught my attention was a unique restaurant named Haunted Hamburger. Yes, the place is exactly what the name entails. This “haunted” themed restaurant enticed me not only with it’s name but with it’s many plastic skeletons strewn across the exterior of the building.

Honestly I’m a sucker for themed places, especially haunted places.

Discovering this ghostly burger place was both intriguing and hysterical. I felt we had to dine here.

The interior was also appropriately themed with spooky decorations. Despite the decor, we chose to sit outside on the patio deck which offered a beautiful view of the desert valley. A prime spot if you’re looking to dine in with an epic view.

jerome-arizona-ghost-town (12)

If you’re wanting to save money on food, pack and bring a lunch !  There are many incredible spots to have a picnic while you overlook the gorgeous view below. Including a nice and shady park!

Learn The History Along The Streets

We spent the last hour in Jerome wandering the main streets. Besides shopping, you can find some of the old historic buildings and preserved sites along the streets. There are placards at each location so you can read more detail on what these structures once were. Kind of like a self guided walking tour. One of the shops we visited was the location of one of the towns brothels!

jerome-arizona-ghost-town (7)

If you’re exploring the entire town of Jerome, expect to walk up multiple staircases or steep hills since the entire town sits on a mountain.

Not the easiest if you have super full bellies like we did!

Nonetheless, the city is gorgeous for its charming historic streets and sweeping views of the Verde Valley. Definitely one of the more picturesque ghost towns we’ve visited.

Curious what else this charming city has to offer? Here’s a more extensive list of things to do in Jerome including ghost tours, museums, historic lodging, and other popular activities. A list we would love to tackle more of next time we visit.

jerome-arizona-ghost-town (11)

Other Popular Nearby Attractions

Another popular attraction to check out if you’re in the area is Jerome State Historic Park. This park has a mining museum in the historic Douglas Mansion, as well as a picnic area with outdoor displays.

Further down the road, about a 5 min drive from Jerome, is the Gold King Mine and Ghost Town. For a small admission fee of $5/person, take a tour through dilapidated buildings, an old mine, and an expansive collection of old cars and trucks.

We would have loved to visit both of these locations but didn’t have enough time in our day. Unfortunately we had to leave early afternoon for a long drive back home to California.

It’s not always easy to fit travel in with a full time job ! Still, we make due and won’t let work restrictions stop us from having these incredible experiences.

jerome-arizona-ghost-town (2)

Amazingly, there is just so much to do and see in Arizona. It’s definitely hard to see it all on your own.

Discover more by checking out some of the popular tours in the area. A wonderful way to experience more of Arizona without needing to do too much research or planning.

Experience The Lively Ghost Town of Jerome, Arizona

If you’re vacationing near Sedona or Prescott, I highly recommend making some time to visit the ghost town of Jerome.

Unlike other ghost towns, this populated and bustling mountain town has a lot to offer for all types of visitors. Learn the history as you walk the streets, have a beer from the authentic saloons, chow down delicious food, or simply take in the lovely view from many vantage points throughout the city.

While a bustling “ghost town” is fun, I still do enjoy my fair share of abandoned ghost towns. One of my favorite being Bodie Ghost Town in central California, just east of Yosemite National Park. Also known as America’s most well preserved ghost town!

It was amazing visiting America’s largest ghost town. A historic town that stands above the rest, literally.

jerome-arizona-ghost-town (13)

If you love ghost towns, be sure to visit the other living ghost town of Arizona known as Oatman . Very similar to Jerome but with wild burros (donkeys) roaming the streets!

Still wanting more? Check out this list of these 15 fascinating ghost towns of America that we saw during our US cross country road trip! Explore abandoned locations among deserts, forests, and even swamplands!

Have you visited Jerome Arizona? What was your favorite thing to do here? Share with us in the comments below!

Like this? Pin it!

Jerome-Arizona-Ghost-Town-Pin

Related Posts

Post a comment cancel comment.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Notify me of follow-up comments by email.

Notify me of new posts by email.

ghost town near jerome az

The Creative Adventurer

The 10 Best Things To Do In Jerome, Awesome Ghost Towns of Arizona

ghost town near jerome az

Jerome is the perfect, little ghost town to visit on any road trip through Arizona or even as a day trip from Phoenix, Prescott or Tucson . Whether you’re staying overnight or just driving past, this guide will help you take in all the sights, sounds and savoury delights that this unique, old mining village has to offer!

ghost town near jerome az

Wildest town in the West

  • New Jerome's Times

The Spirit room

  • OJ's Copper Country Fudge

ghost town near jerome az

History of Jerome

Before we get into the places to visit, just a bit of history to set the scene… Jerome was founded in the late 19th century on Cleopatra Hill. It overlooks the scenic Verde Valley, which is 5,000 feet above sea level. During its heyday, it was home to more than 15,000 people. In WWI, the price of copper soared and American citizens came here in droves to mine the rich copper quarries that were abundant in this area of the west.

Jerome was known as the wildest town in the west . It had a reputation for gambling, alcohol abundance, drug abuse, gunfights and other mayhem. But when the copper deposits were exhausted and the town became subject to numerous fires, earthquakes and other natural disasters, the population continued to decrease and eventually it became a ghost town with little to no sustainable source of income. As of 2010 the population was only 444 people. In the late 60’s, the Arizonian Tourism board saw it’s untouched architectural and cultural potential and established Jerome as a Historical Landmark in 1967. In the late 2000’s, art galleries and trendy restaurants started popping up to drive more people into the town.  The local State Park and National Museum was established to help preserve the history of mining in this village and to educate travelling visitors on the history of mining in Jerome.

ghost town near jerome az

#1. Jerome State Historic Park

To begin your journey in Jerome, the best place to start is at the Jerome State Historic Park located inside the old Douglas Mansion. The Museum is located on the other side of the town and provides fantastic views of the city and the phenomenal Verde Valley . Inside the museum you’ll get a great primer for what you’re going to see once you step inside the city. It’s a fantastic historical resource devoted to the preservation of the city of Jerome.

ghost town near jerome az

The Douglas Mansion was built in 1916 by James S. Douglas . He built it up on the hill beside the Little Daisy Mine  which he owned. You can still see the old mine from the Mansion viewpoint. After his death, the house was turned into a National Museum and features photographs, mining artifacts, and minerals. They also have a video presentation and a 3-D model of the town as it was in the 1900s along with a model of the underground mines. Outside the mansion, you can visit the Audrey Headframe Park . It’s open from 8am-5pm where guests can stand on a glass floor above a 1,900 foot shaft where miners used to descend daily to begin their duties in 1918.

ghost town near jerome az

#2. Cleopatra Hill Lookout

One of the best views of the city and Cleopatra Hill is from inside the Museum. The lookout point in the courtyard provides panoramic views of the Verde Valley as well as the entire city of Jerome. You are provided with a map and an infograph of all the buildings (past and present).

ghost town near jerome az

#3. Bartlett Hotel

Once you’ve had your fill of history, it’s time to get back in your car and drive into the city. Main Street is the perfect place to find parking and drop your car off before you begin your walk. If you plan on staying overnight, then your hotel might provide overnight parking as well but there are lots of great spots right across from the Bartlett Hotel . Once you’ve parked your car, jet back across the street and look over the plaque dedicated to the Barlett Hotel.

ghost town near jerome az

History of the Bartlett

The original building built on this spot was once called the Grandview Hotel and was constructed in 1895. It was a dancehall, a dining room and and a high-society social club. In 1898 a great fire broke out throughout the city and the hotel was destroyed. The Bartlett Hotel was rebuilt in 1901, this time using bricks, hoping this would help withstand another fire. It was a lavish hotel. Each room was decorated differently, making every guest feel uniquely special.

ghost town near jerome az

New Jerome’s Times

The New  Jerome’s Times , the longest running newspaper, ran its offices out of the Bartlett hotel for 20 years until it had to shut its doors due to poor circulation. The building was also used as a bank, drug store, and has four different offices and shops along the ground floor. But in the late 1940’s, the building became unstable and eventually abandoned. Now, all that’s left of it is the framing.  The Jerome Historical society has set up set up wooden ghosts apparitions for tourists to throw penny’s into to help raise money for future repairs and hopefully more preservation efforts throughout the city.

ghost town near jerome az

#4. Jerome Historical Society Mine Museum

After visiting the Bartlett Hotel, wander down the street until you get to the Jerome Historical Society Mine Museum . When you think “Museum” you might think “Oh no, we just were at one of these today!” But fear not! This place only costs $2 and takes only a few minutes to walk through. It gives you a better glimpse into what the lives were like for the miners who lived in Jerome during these boom times. It tells you stories from the perspectives of the miners themselves. You’ll learn why Jerome was named the Wickedest Town in The West  and hear about how the miners sought their fortunes in the “ billion dollar mining camp “.

ghost town near jerome az

They also have over 11,000 maps, newspapers and documents. The Historical Society also is responsible for protecting and preserving this town so you know your entry fee is going toward the preservation of this old city for future visitors.

ghost town near jerome az

#5. Hotel Connor and Spirit Room

Walking north east along Main Street and you’ll come upon the Hotel Connor and the Spirit Room . Be sure to stop in here for a drink along your journey as the desert heat can leave any traveller mighty thirty. This famous ghost sighting stop is a must see building along your tour.

ghost town near jerome az

Built in 1898 by David Connor , the Connor Hotel was one of Jerome precious jewels of the past. Originally this hotel was built with over twenty rooms on the second floor to house all the different travelling miners, business men and contractors coming from all over the west to cash in on the natural resources to be found here Verde Valley. Rooms only cost $1.00 but back in that day that was a kings random and the Connor Hotel didn’t disappoint. There was a bar, card room and even billiard tables on the first floor.

The Connor Hotel Fire

Just like the Bartlett hotel down the street, the Connor hotel also suffered at the hands of the flames in the great fires and burned down in 1898. Because there was so little land that could be built upon and all the buildings downtown were built do close together once a fire started it spread very quickly and there was no stopping it. But unlike many other shop owners, Connor had purchased insurance and was able to start construction on his new hotel very quickly. He made some lavish improvements on the previous hotel, and was up and running right away.

ghost town near jerome az

The Connor Hotel was one of the first hotels in Jerome to have electricity and telephone lines. What was their telephone numbers you ask? Well just dial “8”. There were only a few places with telephone so each one had a single digital number. Everything inside the Connor Hotel felt luxurious. It was the top of the line for hotels in the West, know all over Arizona. But as the mines began to run dry and the travelling miners started back home, the hotel started to run out of money and by 1931 the hotel had to close its doors, for what they thought would be the last time. It still tried to rent out its first floor to different shops to make some money but the second floor remained dormant until the late 60s when the tourist boom awakened the city once more.

After a huge renovation to update the hotel to modern safety codes and health standards, the hotel is inviting travellers back through its doors to experience a piece of history. But for day trippers that just want to see a piece of this treasure, go inside the Spirit Room to grab a drink inside the bar. It’s full of little treasures from the original hotel and had so much character to it. It feels like a saloon from an old Western movie and you just expect a cowboy to walk through the door at any minute.

ghost town near jerome az

#6. Bobby D’s Bar-B-Q Pit at the English Kitchen

By now you’re probably pretty hungry and I’ve got the perfect lunch spot picked out for you! There’s a lot of pretty cheesy restaurants when it comes to ghost towns. A lot of them themed on “ghostly” menu items featuring plenty of random western decor all over the walls. But Bobby D’s BBQ Pit is just plain good food at great prices. In tourist towns, sometimes you just stuck with terrible food at high prices but this little gem is neither. It’s just around the corner from both the Connor hotel and the Historical Society so it’s the perfect place to grab something to eat before heading up the hill for the rest of our tour.

ghost town near jerome az

Their drinks are all served in wonderfully western mason jar glasses which just adds to the down-home atmosphere to the place. Try any of their local craft beers or iced teas. Some of their most popular menu items are the brisket and ribs tips, Mac ‘n Cheese, Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread and Pulled Pork! Everything is smoked in house and you can smell the BBQ all over town – it is pretty hard to resist. Everything is absolutely delicious and the best picks for a great western luncheon.

ghost town near jerome az

#7. Caduceus Tasting Room

Once you’re all full up on BBQ, it’s time to relax and sample some of Verde Valley’s best vino. Located high on top of Cleopatra Hill along the main street is Caduceus Tasting Room and Espresso Bar. In here youou can sit and relax while you sip on your wine selection provided to you by a wonderfully kind and knowledgeable group of staff. This place also has lots of room to sit and enjoy one of their incredible charcuterie platters. If wine isn’t you thing, this place also has a selection of incredible espressos to give yourself a boost for the rest of the day.

View this post on Instagram A post shared by Caduceus Cellars (@caduceuscellars)

#8. Shop Along Jerome’s Historic District

As you finish your last sample of wine, take one last look at the view and head out the door. We’re going to head back along the historic Main Street where local artisans and souvenir shop owners have begun to pop up over the years. It’s here you can find the most unique and interesting delights from chocolate fudge to vintage dresses to kaleidoscopes and hand painted art.

ghost town near jerome az

There is something for everyone along this strip. Among the different shops you’ll also pass by old run down houses, abandoned for years and years. It’s interesting to see the marriage of old and new. But despite new tenants moving into these buildings, the facades and the structures haven’t changed much, or at all, over the years. 

OJ’s Copper Country Fudge

One of my favourite shops is OJ’s Copper Country Fudge . It sells different sweets treats made using the same recipe they’ve used sine the 1930’s. This feels like the kinda of place a miner might have taken his family to relax after a long week in the mines.

ghost town near jerome az

#9. Asylum Restaurant

Walk along Clark street toward the fork in the road where Clark meet Hill Street. This is where you’ll veer off the path and start walking up Hill street. Before you start up Hill street, you’ll pass by the scenic Surgeons house which was built in 1916 for Jerome’s Chief Surgeon and used all throughout the heyday of Jerome mining boom for the nurse’s residence. Many people were treated by the doctors here as mining was one of the more dangerous professions and it is widely rumoured that the ghosts still haunt the house today.

ghost town near jerome az

The Award Winning Asylum Restaurant located at the Jerome Grand Hotel offers lunch and dinner services every day. The restaurant overlooks the entire Verde Valley and provides the diners one of the most amazing views. Although the name seems a bit cheesy, the decor inside is beautiful art deco from the period the building was constructed. The food is all classic dishes and are wonderfully prepared by some of the best chefs in the Valley. Their best menu meals choices include Julienne Pastrami Salad, Char-Broiled Chilean Grilled Salmon and Mesquite Bacon Wrapped Filet Mignon.

ghost town near jerome az

#10. The Grand Hotel

If you decide to stay the night, or even if this is just the last stop on your tour, ending the day at the Grand Hotel  gives you a breathtaking view of the city and puts a historical button on the day. The Grand Hotel , as it stands today is fairly different in appearance from its original. The Jerome Grand Hotel was constructed in 1926 as the Verde County Hospital. In 1920 it became one of the most modern and well-equipped hospitals in Arizona as the mining finances paid for the best services money could afford.

But by the 50’s, when the mining dried up, the hospital closed down. The building stood unused for 44 years until it was renovated by the Altherr family in 1994 and turned into a hotel for tourists. They made sure to try and make as little changes to the building to keep it as historical memory of this town as well as a functional attraction.

ghost town near jerome az

Mission Architecture

The old hospital was built in the original mission revival style of architecture and was one of the last major buildings to be constructed in Jerome. Since it was so far away from the city centre it avoided a lot of the fires that broke out downtown and therefore remained more intact architecturally. Also, because it was a hospital and contained so many expensive machines, it was made to be fireproof and withstand dynamite blasts of up to 260,000 pounds.

ghost town near jerome az

If you’re brave enough to stay the night, you’re up for a few chilling surprises. There have been several hauntings known to appear throughout the halls of the hospital. People report hearing smells coming from unoccupied rooms such as cigar smoke and whiskey. Others report televisions sets turning themselves on and off without explanation. There have also been two apparitions known to be seen on occasions. One in a white hospital gown and the other in a nurses outfit. Are you brave enough to survive a night in this ghost town? 

ghost town near jerome az

I hope you enjoyed this walking tour. Jerome is a great place for a day out and will give you a taste of what a historic mining town was like back when it was the “ Wildest Town in the West!”

The Creative Adventurer

« Discover the Awe-Inspiring Architecture of the Zwinger Palace in Dresden

The ultimate self-guided walking tour of wonderfully historic dresden, germany », you may also like.

ghost town near jerome az

Travelling Home During Coronavirus

ghost town near jerome az

Everything You Need to Know Before You Visit Budapest’s Famous Thermal Baths and Spas

ghost town near jerome az

Explore the eerily beautiful haunted streets of Jerome, Arizona, on a self-guided walking tour

' src=

[email protected]

Very nice tour.I am planning a day trip with my kids and husband. We don’t have a lot of money, though I did find a few places I would like to take them into that will make our trip inexpensive. We have 7 in our family. Thanks for the great to and help with planning our trip.

' src=

Thanks, Samantha! Jerome is absolutely one of those ghost towns that you can visit without spending any money if you want. You can simply wander and explore all those old buildings and ruins. Sedona is also a great place to travel. Most of the parks only cost a small amount for entry and you can spend the entire day hiking and discovering that incredible landscape.

' src=

As of May 2021: The Bitter Creek Winery is no longer there. Looks like it is a closed T-Shirt etc. gift shop. There is a Winery across the Street to the right the states it is the oldest Winery in Jerome since 2001. ( we did not try it) We did eat at Bobby D’s BBQ. It was good but a bit overpriced for sandwiches and burgers with fries between $14 – $19. Baby Back Rib platter was $28. The Connor MotelSpirits and Bar is currently closed; Possibly due to Covid. The person in the gift shop next door as part of the hotel said they were hoping to reopen. We did enjoy the state park and the quaint town.

laura.f.whelan

Ah that’s too bad about the Winery! But thanks for letting me know so I can update. I’m sure Covid hit such a small town that relies on tourism really hard so I’m extra thankful to hear that people are still making the effort to get out there!

Leave a Comment Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Copyright @ 2023 The Creative Adventurer | All Rights Reserved | Privacy Policy

Gold King Mine Museum and Ghost Town

ghost town near jerome az

Top ways to experience nearby attractions

ghost town near jerome az

Also popular with travelers

ghost town near jerome az

Gold King Mine Museum and Ghost Town - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)

Unusual Places

Jerome: explore an artsy ghost town in arizona.

In the late 1800s, the mining town of Jerome, Arizona , was dubbed one of the wildest and wickedest towns in America. Drifters, gamblers, professional drinkers, and ladies of the night all sought to get rich quick in the shadow of one of the West’s most prosperous copper mines. Business thrived until the 1930s when the Great Depression led to a sharp decline in copper demand.

Jerome Arizona Ghost Town mine and yellow old car

Jerome Arizona Ghost Town mine and yellow old car Photo by depositphotos.com

Jerome languished until 1967 when the remaining residents managed to have the town designated a National Historic Landmark. They drew tourists with the tagline “America’s Largest Ghost Town.” At the peak of economic downturns, the population had plummeted to just 50 residents. However, as the 20th century progressed, artists began to breathe new life into Arizona’s once-rustic mining town, preserving many of its original structures.

Jerome Arizona Ghost Town western house

Photo by depositphotos.com

Today, perched on the near-vertical slope of Cleopatra Hill, Jerome boasts classic buildings transformed into thriving modern establishments—wine bars, boutique shops, and barbershops, to name a few. Tool and Pucifer singer, Maynard James Keenan, operates a Pucifer store selling band-themed merchandise, including shirts, records, and aviator glasses. Additionally, he runs Barbifer, a barbershop that offers trendy men’s haircuts, and Caduceus, a wine tasting room where visitors can sample his locally-produced wines.

Historic Connor Hotel on the Main Street of Jerome located in the Black Hills of Yavapai County. It was a mining town and became a National Historic Landmark.

Historic Connor Hotel on the Main Street of Jerome located in the Black Hills of Yavapai County. It was a mining town and became a National Historic Landmark. Photo by depositphotos.com

Those seeking a genuine ghost town adventure will find Jerome doesn’t disappoint. It houses a deteriorating post office being taken over by nature, a closed jailhouse that once slid down the perilous Cleopatra Hill, and an allegedly haunted hotel, previously the town’s hospital. The owner of the Jerome Grand Hotel, initially doubtful of any supernatural occurrences, now shares stories of psychics communicating with the spirit of a nurse. Displeased about the nursing station’s removal during 1990s renovations, the nurse’s spirit seemingly found solace when a cabinet from the original hospital was installed in the hotel’s restaurant in 2003.

Main Street in Jerome which was once a prosperous mining town and is now a national historic landmark.

Main Street in Jerome which was once a prosperous mining town and is now a national historic landmark. Photo by depositphotos.com

Just a stone’s throw away is the Gold King Mine Ghost Town , established on a former gold mine’s grounds. Here, visitors can marvel at vintage mining and industrial equipment, classic cars, and motorcycles, or even try their hand at gold panning. The site also hosts a delightful miniature petting zoo with donkeys, goats, and chickens awaiting friendly interactions.

Jerome Arizona Ghost Town donkey

With a current population of 500, Jerome seamlessly blends the past with the present. Traces of its boisterous mining camp history are visible, but its current embodiment is that of a chic, artistic town that hasn’t lost its rough edges. For those enamored with the Old West, a visit to Jerome is sure to captivate.

About The Author

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Name (required)

Email (required)

Notify me of follow-up comments by email.

Notify me of new posts by email.

She Buys Travel

Jerome AZ: 9 Things to Do in This Wicked Good Ghost Town

Cathy Bennett Kopf Avatar

Cathy Bennett Kopf

Kaleidoscope selfie from Jerome AZ - SheBuysTravel

Roadtripping to the Grand Canyon? You’ll pass through Arizona’s Verde Valley near Sedona.  If you’re looking for something unique and weird, yet still Instagram-worthy, veer off to the historic town of Jerome. It’s a quirky ghost town with a shady past and a bright future. Wind your way up a tightly twisting mountain road to find ghost tours, mining history, bustling restaurants in buildings from the 1800s and jaw-dropping views of Arizona’s Verde Valley. Here are the top things to do in this out of the way, but worth the trip, destination.

Where in the World is Jerome AZ?

Located at the base of Mingus Mountain, Jerome is a once-bustling mining town also interestingly home to the world’s largest kaleidoscope store. Whether you’re into ghost stories, gold mines, or good food, you’ll find all of the above plus a sliding jail in our list of the top things to do in Jerome, AZ, a wicked good town to visit.

The night sky in the Sedona/Verde Valley region is stunning. Because of limited light pollution, you can see thousands of stars on a clear evening. What I didn’t expect to see in the distance, as I was driving back to Cottonwood from Sedona along Highway 89A, was a band of lights floating mid-way between the ground and the sky.

The next morning I quizzed my fellow guests in the lodge at the Verde Valley Thousand Trails campground. “Oh, that’s Jerome,” said a gentleman from Oregon. “It’s a ghost town.”

That’s all I needed to hear. I thanked them for the tip and headed out to explore Jerome, AZ – a former mining camp that became a boom town that went bust. Thanks to some passionate residents, volunteers and business owners, it’s not dead yet. And it’s worth a detour if you’re exploring the area between Phoenix , Prescott , Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon, especially if you’re into history and ghost towns. Join the Haunted tour or a Ghost Walk !

Read More: The Best Arizona Resorts for Families

 Audrey Headframe and mine shaft in Jerome AZ - SheBuysTravel

1. Tour Jerome State Historic Park

I recommend stopping first at the Jerome State Historic Park . It was once the home of James S. Douglas, who developed the Little Daisy Mine in 1912. The mine operated successfully until 1938. Douglas also constructed the nearby Little Daisy Hotel as a dormitory for miners. Today, it’s a private home.

There’s a mother lode of historical mining information in the mansion as well as facts about the Douglas family. The real draw for me was the museum’s video; it’s an entertaining overview of the history of Jerome, from a ghost’s perspective. Every time I come out west, I think about the early settlers and how brave they were to face the weather, the terrain and in the case of Jerome, Apache Indian attacks! I would have quit heading west about 5 miles from my house!

The Mining History of Jerome AZ

The initial mining claims in Jerome were staked in 1876 and the United Verde Copper Company was formed in 1883, but did not enjoy success until William Clark became the owner in 1888. He constructed a railroad line and turned Jerome into a boomtown. The company was later sold to Phelps Dodge who ran the mine until operations ended in the 1950’s. It is estimated that through the years millions of tons of copper, gold, silver and other heavy metal ore was mined in Jerome, giving the town one of its nicknames: Jerome, the Billion Dollar Copper Camp.

Another must see while at the Jerome State Historic Park is the view of San Francisco peak in Flagstaff , over 70 miles away, if the weather’s clear.

paper Map of the US at ghost town Jerome AZ Visitors Center covered in pins showing where visitors are coming from

2. Pick up a Map at the Jerome AZ Visitor’s Center

Continue winding your way up the face of Cleopatra Hill to the center of Jerome; like Denver Colorado, it’s located a mile above sea level, perched precipitously in Arizona’s Black Hills. There are several free public parking lots along the streets. If there’s room in the lot across from the Visitor’s Center on Hull Avenue, snag a spot there, then stop in and get a map of the town. The map has an index listing the current and historical owners of the buildings. If you’d like any information about tours, the friendly staff will provide assistance.

Sliding Jail in Jerome AZ - this ghost town jail is falling apart. The walls are leaning precariously.

3. Photograph Jerome’s Sliding Jail 

Walk below the Visitor’s Center to Jerome’s Sliding Jail Park. One of this ghost town’s curiosities, the town jail began relocating itself during the 1930’s, sliding slowly downhill and resting at various locations until it landed in its current spot, 225 feet from where it started. Jerome is located on the Verde Valley fault. That, combined with the fact that over 88 miles of excavated tunnels lie beneath the one square mile of town, make it an unstable location at best. Find out more during the Ghost Adventure .

antique washing machine in the mine museum in Jerome AZ - SheBuysTravel

4. Visit the Mine Museum

The Jerome Historical Society formed in 1953, and became a crusading force determined to keep Jerome from becoming another Old West ghost town. Not an easy feat, considering the population had dwindled from a peak of 15,000 to 50 residents. The Society operates the Mine Museum , located at the corner of Jerome Avenue and Main Street. The building was formerly the Fountain, one of many saloons that operated in the town.

The Mine Museum gives visitors a sense of what the Jerome community was like, with exhibits dedicated to the schools and emergency services as well as the town’s seedy underbelly. Proclaimed the “Wickedest Town in the West” in 1905, Jerome earned its notorious reputation because of bordellos, saloons, gambling and gunfights. The museum is open 7 days a week from 9a-5pm. Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for seniors, and kids 12 and under are free.

SheBuysTravel Tip:  Many of Jerome’s notorious characters, including the wealthiest madam, Jennie Bauters, did not meet pleasant ends. Wall displays at the Mine Museum include grim statistics about prostitution. Your child may or may not be ready to digest this type of info.

5. Take a Ghost or History Tour

I didn’t have time to take a guided tour of Jerome during my visit but I did check on available options. The Visitor’s Center recommended two companies:  Tours of Jerome  and Ghost Town Tours . Both offer a variety of tours; detailed information is available on the company websites. I would definitely recommend calling in advance of your trip to discuss the options. Depending on the ages of your children, you’ll want to find out whether the material on the tour is G-rated or not, considering that Jerome’s history is fairly racy. Tours of Jerome advertises custom tours as an option, so it might be worthwhile to hire a guide to tailor the content for your family.

Read More: 12 Haunted Hotels in the US for a Spooky Stay!

6. Where to Eat in Jerome AZ

Lunch at bobby d’s (the english kitchen).

There are a number of restaurants in Jerome Arizona; I chose Bobby D’s, an excellent BBQ restaurant. It’s located in The English Kitchen building. The English Kitchen was a restaurant from 1899 until owner Charley Hong passed away in one of the booths where he regularly napped. Despite its name, The English Kitchen served chop suey and noodles back in the day.

You can smell the yummy from Bobby D’s as you’re walking along Main Street. I had a pulled pork sandwich with pasta salad. My waitress brought over a number of different sauces to dress the sandwich. She recommended a combo of mustard and jalapeno molasses. It was perfect. Always listen to the waitress.

Pulled pork sandwich and pasta salad at the English Kitchen in Jerome AZ - SheBuysTravel

Jerome draws crowds and there are limited places to eat in town. Plan your meal before the lunch or evening rush. Or be prepared to wait. Other options in town include:

  • The Haunted Hamburger  – I’ve been to Jerome twice and the wait to get into the restaurant was 45 minutes plus on both occasions. So I can’t tell you if the food’s good. But lines don’t lie. The signature Haunted Burger features green chilies and guac.
  • Grapes  – operated by the same folks who run The Haunted Hamburger, Grapes is slightly more upscale. It’s undergoing renovations in 2022. Check out Clinkscale, a new restaurant/inn from the same folks.
  • The Asylum Restaurant  – Too chicken to stay at the haunted Grand Hotel but want to check it out? Try the hotel’s Asylum Restaurant. They accept reservations and are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. It’s fine dining with no published kids’ menu.

7. Check out the Cars and Bikes

By the time I got out of the restaurant, Jerome was humming with crowds and live music spilled out of the Connor Hotel. Jerome is popular with bikers and car enthusiasts. Crowds gathered to take selfies with two vehicles –  a motorcycle trimmed to resemble something out of the Mad Max movies and a classic Corvette Stingray. Apparently the affection between cars and Jerome goes back to the early history of the town. An annual event was a Monte Carlo-style road rally through the winding city streets – there are clips of it in the video at the Jerome State Historic Park .

Chesnik kaleidoscope at Nellie Bly Kaleidoscopes in Jerome AZ - SheBuysTravel

8. Visit the World’s Largest Kaleidoscope Store

No trip to Jerome is complete until you visit Nellie Bly Scopes , billed as the world’s largest kaleidoscope store. Open since 1988, the shop is located on Main Street in the former brothel operated by the notorious town madam, Jennie Bauters. Co-owner Mary Wills is a passionate collector of kaleidoscopes. She and partner Sally Dryer (fun fact – as a child, Sally was the voice of Lucy in the Peanuts cartoons!) feature the work of 90 talented kaleidoscope artists.

kaleidoscopes on display in Nelly Bly scopes, a fun thing to do in Jerome AZ

I spoke with one of the artists, Lori Riley, who crafts charming kaleidoscope necklaces. Lori was born into a kaleidoscope family; her mother Janice founded famous Chesnik Scopes. I asked Lori why Mary chose quirky Jerome instead of nearby and very popular Sedona. Lori said Mary lives in Jerome and believes the community is a “very large dysfunctional family” in the sense that you might not always get along, but when you need anything, everyone’s there to help. Support like that is hard to find.

Nelly Bly Scopes is a “please touch the merchandise” store. The friendly clerks are happy to show you how to operate the different styles of kaleidoscopes. And don’t leave without having someone take your kaleidoscope selfie!

junked truck and ghost town house at Gold King Mine in Jerome AZ - SheBuysTravel

9. Visit Gold King Mine

Just above Jerome is the curious Gold King Mine . Known as Haynes, it was home to about 300 miners during the boom years. The current attraction was developed over the course of 30 years by owner Don Robertson. He acquired a lot of stuff: trucks, cars, buildings – even a sawmill. Robertson passed away in 2016 and the Gold King Mine is now operated by his daughter and son-in-law. They’re continuing the family tradition. This year, they’ll be heading cross country to retrieve a pre-World War II, 35,000 pound hammer called Neil’s Belmont Pond – Thor would be jelly!

I enjoyed wandering around, taking photographs of the old, rusty vehicles and the buildings that looked like a strong wind would blow them down. At the Gold King Mine, kids can pan for gold, feed animals in the petting zoo and hop on dad’s shoulders for a peek down the original gold mine shaft. And there’s a  gift shop with silly souvenirs begging to be bought with allowance money. It deserves a spot on your list of things to do in Jerome AZ.

If you think you have hoarding tendencies, one trip to the Gold King Mine will cure you.

Hotels Near Jerome

You can stay in Jerome at the historic (and allegedly haunted) Grand Hotel , if you dare. Because I was exploring the Verde Valley and nearby Sedona and I didn’t want to deal with going up and down the winding mile every day, I stayed in Cottonwood, Arizona, at the Verde Valley RV and Camping Resort, a Thousand Trails property.

I never considered staying at a campground because I don’t camp and I don’t own an RV (although renting an RV seems like fun.)

But I encourage you to investigate, particularly if you’re traveling with small children. The Verde Valley RV and Camping Resort has several small cabins and tiny houses available to rent. And average nightly rates are a very budget-friendly $150. Plus you get the convenience of an equipped kitchen, living room, covered outdoor space with fire pit and access to the campground’s clubhouse, pool, hot tub, playground and mini golf course.

Verde Valley RV and Camping Resort cabin, a Thousand Trails property - SheBuysTravel

Benefits of a Campground Cabin Rental

I was traveling solo, so I appreciated the fact that the campground was secured with a staffed guardhouse. My cabin was very clean and comfortable as were the public grounds and facilities. Every morning, I’d head over to the clubhouse to have a cup of coffee and take advantage of the free WiFi. I enjoyed eavesdropping on the groups of RVers who gathered to swap their road warrior stories. I’ve spent a lot of time in hotel lobbies, and I’ve never heard animated discussions about the pros and cons of visiting the San Juan Islands or horror stories about RV septic systems!

SheBuysTravel Tip: Thousand Trails has a membership program to access discounted rates. If you’re planning a long summer road trip and will stay at a number of campgrounds along the way, you’ll definitely want to check out the potential savings.

12 responses

This was an unexpected surprise when when we driving from Phoenix to Flagstaff. My wife and 2 daughters enjoyed visiting and sight seeing for a while before heading out, and we wanted to come back again sometime to see more of the “attractions”. I could only imagine what it must have been “back in the day” and I can only imagine what one could learn with a longer visit… some probably true and some probably “tall tale” but am pretty sure it would all be interesting.

We’re glad it was a memorable stop!

How do you take a kaleidoscope selfie.

Definitely try this…you will need assistance. Pose, while your assistant puts the eyepiece of the kaleidoscope up to the lens of the camera shoots the photo!

We have family in Phoenix and stumbled on Jerome about 10 years ago, we still go back when we can. The review by you hit the nail on the head, we enjoy staying at the Connor Hotel and visiting the local businesses, worth the trip

how did you snap the kaleidoscope photo?

Place your subject at the wide end of the kaleidoscope, then hold your cell phone camera lens up to the part you’d normally hold against your eye! It’s a fun selfie!

I need to just book a trip to Arizona. There are so many sites I hadn’t even considered! Thanks for sharing.

I actually rode my Harley from Phoenix to this area — and so beautiful (and such a relief from the unbearable heat of June in the city). And I love any story that includes ghosts. 🙂

Did the BBQ place have veggie options?

Indeed. Salads and a veggie burger. Or you could make a meal out of the onion rings!

ghost town near jerome az

Exploring Jerome, Arizona, which went from mining town to ghost town to tourist town

  • Published: Apr. 08, 2022, 8:43 a.m.

Exploring Jerome

The former mining town of Jerome, Arizona, sits near the top of Mingus Mountain about 100 miles north of Phoenix.

  • Susan Glaser, cleveland.com

JEROME, Arizona – In a few short years, Jerome went from a billion-dollar mining town to one of the nation’s biggest ghost towns. And then it reinvented itself again, as a tourist town and artist hub.

Perched near the top of Mingus Mountain about 25 miles southwest of Sedona, Jerome makes a fun stop en route to the red rocks, with art galleries and ghost tours, historic sites and funky hotels.

Read more: Touring Sedona: Cathedral Rock, Devil’s Bridge, Pink Jeeps, vortexes and more

At one time, Jerome was one of the largest cities in Arizona, with a population of more than 15,000 in the 1920s. Most of the residents were employed at one of two copper mines in town, United Verde and Little Daisy.

A support industry developed, as well, including gambling halls, brothels and bars. In 1903, the New York Sun called Jerome “the wickedest town in the West.”

But all good times must come to an end.

The Depression and low-grade ore deposits brought the economic prosperity to a halt. By the early 1950s, both mines were shut down and the population dwindled to less than 100.

In 1967, the town was designated a National Historic District. Today, the population stands at about 500 – including artists and hoteliers, restaurant owners and tour guides.

The main historic attraction in town is the Douglas Mansion, built by James S. Douglas just above his Little Daisy Mine in 1916. Douglas designed the house as a hotel for mining officials and investors as well as for his own family and included a wine cellar, billiard room, marble shower, steam heat and, a novelty at the time, a central vacuum system.

The family donated the house to the state in 1962 and it became the centerpiece of Jerome State Historic Park . Inside the house, visitors can peruse exhibits on the region’s geology, early 20th century medicine, the Douglas family, arrival of the railroad and the region’s turbulent labor history.

Adjacent to the mansion is Audrey Headframe Park, where visitors can stand on glass atop a 1,900-foot shaft and inspect the large wood structure that hoisted more than 3.6 million tons of ore from deep in the ground for nearly 20 years in the early 20th century.

Take a self-guided tour of town for a broader historical look, past Husbands’ Alley, where the majority of Jerome’s ladies of the night set up shop; the Connor Hotel, built in 1898, destroyed by fire, rebuilt in brick and once again an operating hotel; and the Jerome Grand Hotel, at the top of the town, built in 1926 as the United Verde Hospital, and reopened in 1996 as an inn with 29 rooms, many of them reportedly haunted. (For a full account of the town’s many ghosts, take a haunted tour of town, offered by several tour companies.)

The hazards of the mining business led to numerous fires and landslides in town. For concrete evidence, check out the Sliding Jail, a cell block that was once part of a larger building. It became separated after underground blasting in the 1930s, settling about 200 feet down the hill from its initial location.

Exploring Jerome

Jerome's famous sliding jail.

Exploring Jerome

Jerome Grand Hotel at the top of the town in Jerome, Arizona.

If you go: Jerome, Arizona

Information: jeromechamber.com , seonaverdevalley.org/where-to-go/Jerome

Where to eat: We stopped in Jerome for a few hours en route from Sedona to Phoenix, where we were catching an afternoon flight back to Cleveland. We had a terrific breakfast at the Mine Café , 115 Jerome Ave.

More on Arizona:

Two days in Tucson: Hiking, biking, saguaros and Sonoran hot dogs

No spring training in Phoenix? Try the Musical Instrument Museum, Frank Lloyd Wright, Dale Chihuly and more

Waiting for Thrifty: Rental car woes expected to continue, with long lines for cars and high daily rates

Exploring Jerome

Audrey Headframe Park in Jerome, Arizona.

Exploring Jerome

Historic Husbands' Alley, where the town prostitutes used to gather, in Jerome, Arizona.

Exploring Jerome

The historic Douglas Mansion, now part of Jerome State Historic Park in Jerome, Arizona.

If you purchase a product or register for an account through a link on our site, we may receive compensation. By using this site, you consent to our User Agreement and agree that your clicks, interactions, and personal information may be collected, recorded, and/or stored by us and social media and other third-party partners in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

This Creepy Ghost Town In Arizona Is The Stuff Nightmares Are Made Of

ghost town near jerome az

Monica Spencer

Monica is a Diné (Navajo) freelance writer and photographer based in the Southwest. Born in Gallup and raised in Phoenix, she is Tódich'ii'nii (Bitter Water People) and Tsi'naajinii (Black Streak Wood People). Monica is a staff writer for Only In Your State, photo editor for The Mesa Legend, and previously a staff writer for The Navajo Post. You can reach her at [email protected].

More by this Author

OK, we admit it: that title is a bit of a stretch, but the place we’re talking about today is still pretty creepy. In a state that receives a record amount of sunshine, it’s difficult to find places that are particularly scary , since the “dark and stormy night” scenarios rarely play out here. However, if there is any place in the state that routinely receives a reputation for being ridiculously haunted, offering many visitors more than they bargained for during their stay, that location is definitely Jerome. Some call it the creepiest ghost town in Arizona , and we’re inclined to agree.

ghost town near jerome az

Related Stories

This Easy, 2-Mile Hike In Arizona Leads Straight Through A Massive Cave On Its Way To An Abandoned Mine

This Easy, 2-Mile Hike In Arizona Leads Straight Through A Massive Cave On Its Way To An Abandoned Mine

The Story Behind This Abandoned Old West Attraction In Arizona Is Downright Intriguing

The Story Behind This Abandoned Old West Attraction In Arizona Is Downright Intriguing

The Easy, 2-Mile Hike That Leads To The Remnants Of An Arizona Ghost Town

The Easy, 2-Mile Hike That Leads To The Remnants Of An Arizona Ghost Town

ghost town near jerome az

So, have you visited Jerome, Arizona, before? What was your experience like? Drop a comment in the section below, and let us know if you think Jerome should still be considered a ghost town, and whether or not it is creepy to you!

OnlyInYourState may earn compensation through affiliate links in this article. As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases.

Want more Arizona in your inbox?

Get the latest on things to see, do, and eat around Arizona!

Thank you! You'll receive your first newsletter soon!

An error occured.

More to Explore

Best ghost towns in arizona.

What are some interesting Arizona ghost towns?

Arizona is full of fascinating ghost towns full of history and that wild western charm.

  • Some of the most famous (and possibly most haunted) include towns like Bisbee, which has been converted into a living art museum of sorts,
  • Tombstone, home of the infamous O.K. Corral.
  • Oatman, where wild burros roam the streets and ask visitors for snacks.
  • Goldfield, a recreation of a once-booming mining town near Apache Junction, and
  • Jerome, which was once a booming copper mine, is now full of intriguing shops, wineries, and some of the best Mexican food you've ever had. Want some?
  • Check out our article about this incredible Jerome restaurant , which will definitely have you coming back for more again and again.

Where are some haunted places in Arizona?

You know, usually, when you've got ghost towns, you've got hauntings, and Arizona is certainly no stranger to that philosophy.

  • Every single ghost town you could ever visit in the Copper State has at  least  one or two famous hauntings, and better still, so do most of the bigger cities and other towns, even if they aren't ghost towns.
  • For example, they say the spirits of several guests to stay throughout the years haunt the Hotel Monte Vista in beautiful Flagstaff, and the Hotel San Carlos in Phoenix is allegedly haunted by the spirit of a woman who committed suicide there in the 1920s.
  • The entire town of Tombstone is said to be haunted (go figure), and legendary ghost town Jerome is the site of one of the most haunted hotels in the country, which used to be an insane asylum.

What are some interesting abandoned places in Arizona?

  • Arizona has lots of intriguing abandoned places to admire for those of us who appreciate urban exploration. Perhaps one of the most famous abandoned spots is in Casa Grande, known as "The Domes". They were a strange-looking, post-apocalyptic-feeling set of neglected dome-shaped structures filled with graffiti and evidence of past parties held there.
  • There's also what's left of Two Guns, which is a decaying gas station with plenty of street art to admire, and there's even an abandoned town called Santa Claus here, too, which was originally dreamed up as a North Pole themed tourist trap in the desert. You can find abandoned spots no matter where you look; Arizona is teeming with them.

Related Articles

  • There Are Abandoned Domes In Arizona That Were Never Completed And They're Eerily Fascinating
  • The Creepiest Hike In Arizona Takes You Through The Ruins Of An Abandoned Mining Camp
  • Most People Have No Idea There’s An Underwater Ghost Town Hiding In Arizona
  • Most People Have No Idea This Abandoned Mining Town In Arizona Even Exists
  • Moss Wash Trail In Arizona Leads Straight To An Abandoned Mansion
  • Hike To An Abandoned Village At Wupatki National Monument In Arizona
  • Hike Through A Ghost Town Cemetery On Fairbank Loop In Arizona
  • Visit These 11 Creepy Ghost Towns In Arizona At Your Own Risk

Explore Arizona

Featured addresses.

My Flying Leap

Top Things to Do in Arizona’s Jerome Ghost Town

Please share if you enjoy this content!

If you’re looking for one of the most interesting towns in all of Arizona, look no further than the Jerome ghost town. It’s a great day trip (or more!) from Phoenix and offers a lot of really interesting things to do.

The area is known as one of Arizona’s top wine regions. So come for a flight of Arizona’s finest, explore the history of this interesting small town, or appreciate the incredible artists who live here.

You won’t run out of fun things to do in Jerome, and here’s what you need to know to visit. And maybe even why you’ll want to keep going back for more.

things to do in jerome, best things to do in jerome, things to do in jerome az, jerome arizona ghost town, ghost town jerome arizona, jerome ghost town

Some links in this article may be affiliate links, which means that if you purchase through them, I receive a small commission. This will never cost you extra. Please read the  disclosures  to learn more.

What is Arizona’s Jerome Ghost Town?

You may be wondering—what exactly is a ghost town? Is it haunted? And what if you don’t believe in that kind of thing? Well, the answer is no, a ghost town isn’t called that because it’s haunted. (Though, many ghost towns do have some rather interesting histories, including that kind of thing).

A ghost town is actually an abandoned city. Usually, a town becomes a ghost town because the economic activity or activities in the town fail, so people leave for other areas. In Jerome’s case, the copper mine closed, leaving the city nearly deserted.

Jerome is one of the largest ghost towns in the United States, so it’s worth visiting. Though the population never went to zero, it did dwindle to around 50 at the lowest point, qualifying it as a ghost town.

Now, around 250 residents live in Jerome. Where mining once drove its economy, tourism now drives it. People visit Jerome for its history, the incredible wineries, and the artists and galleries there.

Wander the Historic Town

I’ve been to Jerome several times and still think one of the best things to do in this quirky town is to wander around. Every time I go, I see something new and different!

The streets are steep switchbacks snaking their way up the large hill Jerome rests on. It’s fun to explore the town—you’ll be amazed many of these old buildings haven’t slid down the hill!

Look out for plaques and signs about historic places. Some can be quite interesting, giving you a glimpse into time well over a hundred years ago!

If you’re visiting Sedona and want to see Jerome, check out this tour of historic Jerome.

things to do in jerome, best things to do in jerome, things to do in jerome az, jerome ghost town

Enjoy the Local Wines

There are some incredible wines in this region, so if you’re a wine lover, you shouldn’t miss out on this opportunity! Jerome is located in the Verde Valley, one of the top wine-producing regions in Arizona.

Some of the best wineries in Arizona are in Jerome. Go for a Cottonwood wine tasting in the nearby area, then compare notes with Jerome. Some think the Cottonwood, AZ wineries don’t hold a candle to Jerome. See what you think!

You May Also Like Jerome & Cottonwood Wineries

Just like with nearby Cottonwood , there are a lot of wineries packed into a small area in Jerome. It’s a great place to try Arizona wines, as there will be something you’re sure to love.

  • Passion Cellars is a great place where the staff loves the wine as much as you will
  • Cabal Cellars is a fun place with a great story and incredible wines
  • Caduceus Cellars , owned by a local legend who also owns Merkin in Cottonwood, is a solid contender. (And check out their wall of chocolate!)
  • Vino Zona gets rave reviews from locals and is a fun place to try
  • Forty Eight Wineworks is in the Connor Hotel right on the main drag as you enter Jerome
  • The Original Jerome Winery

the best things to do in phoenix

Get all the top things to do in the Phoenix area from a local for free in this printable list!

There are a lot of winners here. Thankfully, Jerome has some great hotels in case you decide to just make an overnight of it!

ghost town near jerome az

Watch the Artists

When nearby Sedona started getting more popular with tourists and became more developed, some of the artists moved out. They headed to nearby Jerome and have been there since.

When you visit, you can watch them and their craft. There is a glassblower who puts on live demonstrations, which are fun to watch. And, there’s a local potter, and if you’re lucky, you’ll catch him on his pottery wheel. I have seen him painting and finishing his pieces as well.

There are some incredible galleries in Jerome as well. My favorite is Raku Gallery, and another favorite is the Jerome Artists Co-op. Both are worth checking out and are a great way to support the local artists.

things to do in jerome, best things to do in jerome, things to do in jerome az

Walk Back Through History

If you’re a history lover, there are a number of great options for you to learn the local lore.

The Gold King Mine offers fun for all ages, so it’s a great kid-friendly thing to do in Jerome. Peer down the gold mine shaft, feed animals in the petting zoo, and pan for gold.

You’ll want to take some time to explore the rather large collections of, well, everything, including some rusty old cars and trucks. It’s open daily from 9 to 5 (in the winter, it opens at 10) and costs $10.

A great place to learn about the history of Jerome’s mining is the Mine Museum . This building was once a saloon and is now a museum. Learn about the founding of this town and the activities of the Jerome Historical Society to keep it from becoming just another Old West ghost town.

It’s open daily from 9 to 5 and costs only $2 to visit.

Visit the Jerome State Historic Park to learn about the history of mining in this area. The property belonged to James Douglas, who developed the Little Daisy Mine in the early 1900s. The home was once the Little Daisy Hotel, which housed the minders, and now it’s a private home. It’s open from 10 to 4 daily and costs $7.

The Sliding Jail Park is one of the fascinating aspects of a visit to Jerome. It started slowly sliding downhill in the 1930s, moving more than 220 feet from the original location. Between the excavated tunnels under the town and Jerome, which is located on the Verde Valley fault line, it truly makes you wonder how the rest of the town remains standing.

jerome ghost town

Take a Ghost Tour

If you were wondering if Jerome was haunted, well, rumor has it that it is. It’s another interesting aspect of the history of the Jerome ghost town. You might expect that the “wickedest town in the West” might have a few lingering souls.

What better way to learn about the history of Jerome than by taking a ghost tour? It’ll show you a side of this town you won’t likely see in the daytime. And you never know—you might just see one!

There are several companies offering ghost tours, including Jerome Ghost Tours and Ghost Town Tours . If you’re staying in Sedona and don’t want to do the driving, check out this ghost tour of Jerome .

haunted hotel in jerome

Jerome Restaurants

Jerome has some fantastic restaurants that are worth trying when you visit. They range from casual “greasy spoon” places to some upscale options.

If you want casual, there’s no better place than the Haunted Hamburger . Not only do you get some amazing views, but this is the “it” place in Jerome. It’s the best-known restaurant in town, and rumor has it, there may just be a ghostly being that could enjoy lunch with you.

Bobby D’s BBQ is another great casual option to try, and it’s highly rated as a top spot to go. The Asylum looks interesting (if only for the name, but the menu also looks quite good). And for a fun bit of color, the Bordello of Jerome is now a restaurant.

For an upscale place, check out Clinkscale Hotel Bar & Grill . It has a retro-type feel, which is a lot of fun. The food was amazing, and the service was wonderful, too. This was a local’s recommendation that really hit the mark.

ghost town near jerome az

Hotels in Jerome, AZ

Staying the night in Jerome is a great idea, especially if you’re trying wine at the local tasting rooms. There are several options for staying in the Jerome ghost town.

The Connor Hotel is right on the street when you enter Jerome in a fun area. It’s a cool historic building conveniently right next to Caduceus. And Forty-Eight Wineworks is in the building as well. So, you are literally within crawling distance of your bed, should you need it!

The Clinkscale has a handful of rooms. Given how wonderful the restaurant is, I wouldn’t hesitate to check it out.

Additionally, at the very top of the hill is the Jerome Grand Hotel. This historic hotel is probably the best-known in town, but stay at your own risk. It’s reputed to be haunted and, in fact, is known as the most haunted hotel in Jerome!

hotels in jerome az, hotels jerome az

When to Visit Jerome

There really isn’t a bad time to visit Jerome. Jerome, AZ, weather is a reasonable temperature all year round. In the summer, it can get hot and humid, but nothing like Phoenix temperatures. It may hit in the 90s F (32°C or slightly higher), but it cools overnight.

It generally doesn’t get below freezing for a low in the winter. They may get a dusting of snow occasionally, but generally, not much. So, it’s comfortable weather-wise year-round.

It does tend to get busy in the summer as the Phoenix locals clear out and head for cooler temperatures. So, if you’re looking to avoid the crowds, the winter, early spring, and late fall are great times to go. To balance temperatures and crowds, spring and fall are probably the best times to go.

jerome az weather, things to do in jerome, jerome ghost town

Are You Tempted to Visit the Jerome Ghost Town?

Jerome may be a small town, but it sure packs a punch! It’s full of interesting historic places to visit and filled with incredible artists. Grab a bite, enjoy a wine tasting, and explore one of Arizona’s most exciting towns.

You Might Also Like

  • Top 7 Things to Do in Cottonwood, Arizona
  • 25 Best Things to Do in Phoenix (from a Local!)
  • Where to Stay in Phoenix: Top Areas & Accommodations
  • The Best Day Trips from Phoenix
  • The 7 Best Road Trips in Arizona
  • Jerome & Cottonwood Wineries—Northern Arizona’s Top Wine-Tasting Region

Like it? Pin it!

ghost town near jerome az

Sam is a travel-obsessed animal lover on a quest to create a life of travel with her dog. She loves learning new things, snuggling a dog, architecture, hiking, and bold red wine. Join her in creating a life to dream about!

Leave a Reply Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

AFFILIATE NOTICE

This website uses affiliate links, meaning I may earn a commission if you make a purchase through a link. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.  Learn more .

  • Exciting destinations
  • Solo travel
  • Travel Tips
  • Travel Guides & Itineraries
  • Traveling with Pets
  • Work with me

Jerome Wine & Ghost Town Day Tour

Reserve with Arizona Private Tours »

Jerome AZ - A Cliff-Side, Mining, Wine-loving, Artist, Ghost Town

Americans, Mexicans, Croatians, Irish, Spaniards, Italians, and Chinese made the mining camp a cosmopolitan mix that added to its rich life and filled its streets with excitement. Prehistoric Native Americans were the first miners. The Spanish followed, seeking gold but finding copper. Anglos staked the first claims in the area in 1876, and United Verde mining operations began in l883, followed by the Little Daisy claim.

Jerome grew rapidly from a tent city to a prosperous company town as it followed the swing of the mines' fortunes. Jerome was the talk of the territory...boom town of its time... the darling of promoters and investors. The mines were nourished and exploited by financiers who brought billions of dollars of copper from its depths.

Changing times in the Territory saw pack burros, mule-drawn freight wagons, and horses replaced by steam engines, autos, and trucks. Fires ravaged the clapboard town again and again. Jerome was always rebuilt. In 1918 underground mining was phased out after uncontrollable fires erupted in the 88 miles of tunnels under the town. Open pit mining brought dynamiting. The hills rattled and buildings cracked... the surface began to shift and sections of the business district slid downward. The sliding jail moved 225 ft. and rests across the road from its original site.

Dependent on the ups and downs of copper prices, labor unrest, depressions, and wars, Jerome's mines finally closed in 1953. Will it be forever? Jerome never knows. Jerome has always been a survivor. After the mines closed and " King Copper" left town, the population went from a peak of 15,000 in the 20s to some 50 persons in the late 50s. A few hardy souls remained, reluctant to leave a lifetime of memories.

The 60s and 70s were the time of the counter culture and Jerome offered a haven for artists who renovated homes and opened abandoned shops to sell their wares. Soon newcomers and Jerome's old-timers were working together to bring Jerome back to life. The Jerome Historical Society guarded the buildings against vandalism and the elements. The Douglas Mansion became a State Park in 1965 and Jerome became a National Historic Landmark in l976.

Today, Jerome is alive with writers, artists, artisans, musicians, historians, and families. They form a peaceful, colorful, thriving community built on a rich foundation of history and lore.

What Not to Miss When You Visit Jerome, AZ

1. jerome state historic park.

The Douglas Mansion has been an eye-catching landmark in Jerome since 1916 when James S. Douglas built it on the hill just above his Little Daisy Mine. This former home is now a museum devoted to the history of the Jerome area and the Douglas family. The museum features photographs, artifacts, and minerals in addition to a video presentation and a 3-D model of the town with its underground mines. There are more displays outside along with a picnic area offering a beautiful panoramic view of the Verde Valley.

2. Vist the Mine Museum & Explore Jerome's Mining History

The Mine Museum gives visitors a sense of what the Jerome community was like, with exhibits dedicated to the schools and emergency services as well as the town’s seedy underbelly. The initial mining claims in Jerome were staked in 1876 and William Clark soon after constructed a railroad line and turned Jerome into a boomtown. The company was later sold to Phelps Dodge who ran the mine until operations ended in the 1950’s. It is estimated that through the years millions of tons of copper, gold, silver, and other heavy metal ore were mined in Jerome, giving the town one of its nicknames: Jerome, the Billion Dollar Copper Camp.

3. Jerome’s Sliding Jail

Just below Jerome, AZ's Visitor’s Center is Jerome’s Sliding Jail Park. It is one of this town’s many curiosities. The town jail began relocating itself during the 1930s, sliding slowly downhill and resting at various locations until it landed in its current spot, 225 feet from where it started. It is presumed that the combination of Jerome being located on the Verde Valley fault and having 88 miles of excavated tunnels beneath the one square mile of town has caused the jail to find itself resting in different parts of town over the years.

4. Go on a Ghost Tour

Guided ghost walks and tours tell stories of Jerome’s most notably haunted locations. Some tours attempt to make contact with spirits of the sordid past while telling stories of those whose mortal remains lie beneath your feet. Look for tours that are supported by the Jerome Historical Society for accurate information that is obtained through the JHS archives.

5. Jerome Wine Tasting

Pleasure your palate with some of northern Arizona’s most popular wines such as from Caduceus Cellars owned by Maynard James Keenan of the band Tool, Echo Canyon Winery, Bittercreek Winery, and Jerome Winery. Many winery tours also leave from Sedona and hit some of the best vineyards in Verde Valley including Page Springs Winery, Alcantara, and others.

6. Visit the World’s Largest Kaleidoscope Store

You must visit Nellie Bly Kaleidoscopes, billed as the world’s largest kaleidoscope store. This shop is located on Main Street in the former brothel operated by the notorious town madam, Jennie Bauters. This is a “please touch the merchandise” store where the people who work there are happy to show you how to operate the different styles of kaleidoscopes and even help you take your kaleidoscope selfie!

7. Check Out the Old Cars and Bikes

Related article: Verde Valley Arizona

Jerome, AZ Hotels and Vacation Rentals

Things to do in jerome & verde valley.

Out Of Africa Wildlife Park

Out Of Africa Wildlife Park

What guests like about this place ».

Family-Friendly | Activities

Predator Zip Lines

Predator Zip Lines

Experience the wind ripping through your hair on a thrill ride over nature's wildest predators. Enjoy the adventure of a lifetime on a world-class zip line over Out of Africa Wildlife Park in Camp Verde Arizona! We are conveniently located less than 20 miles from Sedona, in the heart of Northern Arizona's wine country, just minutes from tasting rooms and vineyards. From the top of the towers, you can see majestic red rocks, the San Francisco peaks, and the whole breathtaking Verde Valley including Cottonwood, Clarkdale and Jerome. Come join us for a Zip Line adventure that you'll never forget! Ride the most exciting zip line ever devised, over Out of Africa and soar over Lions, Tigers, Wolves, Hyenas, Bears, Jaguars and other natural predators!

Professionally Guided | Family-Friendly

Arizona Private Tours

Arizona Private Tours

Private Tours Available | Custom Options Available | Family-Friendly | Professionally Guided | Pickup from Hotel | Romantic

The Blazin’ M Ranch - A Western Themed Frontier Town, Dinner, and A Show

The Blazin’ M Ranch - A Western Themed Frontier Town, Dinner, and A Show

Join us at the Blazin’ M Ranch for an evening of western activities, dinner, and an unforgettable show! The Blazin’ M Ranch features an authentic Western Themed Town located in Cottonwood, Arizona. You’ll find fun family activities and the best chicken and ribs in Arizona, along with foil-wrapped potato, cowboy beans, our prickly pear coleslaw, flying biscuits and a delicious homemade dessert.

After dinner the Blazin’ M Cowboys entertain ya’ with their award-winning musical talents mixed with cowboy poetry and humor with a 1 hour show from 7:30pm - 8:30pm!

Family-Friendly | Live Entertainment | Western Experience | Activities | All Food

Granite Mountain Guides - Prescott

Granite Mountain Guides - Prescott

Professionally Guided | Family-Friendly | Exceptional Service | Individualized | Safe Environment | Covid-19 Precautions Taken

Enjoy Panoramic Views at The Prescott Sunset Sanctuary - Prescott, AZ

Enjoy Panoramic Views at The Prescott Sunset Sanctuary - Prescott, AZ

Zane Grey RV Park (55+ park) - Verde Valley

Zane Grey RV Park (55+ park) - Verde Valley

Pet-Friendly | Laundry | General Store | Community Restrooms | Propane Refilling Station | WiFi

Wild Wild West Tour

Wild Wild West Tour

Private Luxury Wine Tour from Sedona to the Famous Verde Valley Vineyards

Private Luxury Wine Tour from Sedona to the Famous Verde Valley Vineyards

2 Hours Water to Wine Kayak Trip from Cottonwood

2 Hours Water to Wine Kayak Trip from Cottonwood

The perfect mix of outdoor adventure and relaxation, this tour combines a kayaking excursion with wine tasting in Arizona’s Verde Valley. Paddle down the Verde River in a kayak and stop at a vineyard for a sommelier-led tasting. Feel safe with a guide who can offer paddling and safety tips, as well as share information on the river’s flora and fauna.

  • Combine two fun activities—kayaking and wine-tasting—on this guided tour
  • Enjoy a leisurely paddle along the Verde River—suitable for all abilities
  • Taste wines from Arizona’s premier wine-growing region: the Verde Valley
  • Receive $20 credit to spend at the winery on tastings, snacks, or gifts.

Verde Canyon Railroad Adventure

Verde Canyon Railroad Adventure

Sedona's #1 WINE TOUR-Vortex to Vineyards w/ABC wildlife host Rachel Reenstra

Sedona's #1 WINE TOUR-Vortex to Vineyards w/ABC wildlife host Rachel Reenstra

  • Get a fun take on the area with a TV Host, Rachel Reenstra
  • Sip on mimosas to start the day, extra tastings are an additional expense
  • Private transport is included for the entire half day
  • Dine on a delicious cheese, meat, and fresh breadboard

Pandora's Box Ghost Adventure

Pandora's Box Ghost Adventure

Prescott Resort and Conference Center

Prescott Resort and Conference Center

Meetings & Group Facilities | Family-Friendly | Outdoor Pool | Whirlpool Tub | Fitness Center

Wine Tour from Sedona to the Verde Valley Vineyards in Luxury Transportation

Wine Tour from Sedona to the Verde Valley Vineyards in Luxury Transportation

Our tour to four wineries will be either in a luxury tour coach or in a luxury SUV depending on the size of the group going out that day. You may choose to enjoy tastings or bottles of award-winning wines. You will receive discounts for tastings and bottles of wine, at some of the wineries. Also, we are the only tour company that allows you to bring your own alcoholic (or nonalcoholic) beverages with you on the bus. At one of the wineries, we will have a picnic, outside next to the grapevines or inside depending on the weather. The picnic is served on linens, includes a personal charcuterie board. This includes French bread, gourmet cheeses, hard salami, olive oil with balsamic vinegar, grapes, nuts, and chocolates, for each individual person on the tour. At one of the award-winning wineries, we will be touring the production facility and barrel room. There we will discuss the wine-making process and what it takes to make a cluster of grapes into an award-winning bottle of wine.

Professionally Guided

Experience E-Bike with Wine Tasting Activity

Experience E-Bike with Wine Tasting Activity

Discover the Legends of Quirky and Strange Jerome Scavenger Hunt

Discover the Legends of Quirky and Strange Jerome Scavenger Hunt

Historic Tour of Jerome

Historic Tour of Jerome

Bliss Wine Tours - The Most Luxurious Vineyard Tour in Sedona

Bliss Wine Tours - The Most Luxurious Vineyard Tour in Sedona

We are the most luxurious, customer-focused, wine tour company in Sedona! With extravagant limousines for larger groups and plush SUV’s for smaller groups. This tour helps you maximize on time while up in Northern Arizona, with a duration of 5+ hours. We spend an average of a little over an hour at each vineyard. Here’s one of many tips we will give you, after booking: You are able to imbibe on alcoholic beverages while traveling to and from the wineries and Sedona, with Bliss! This is a true day of pampering! This includes Excellent wine, Amazing food, Luxurious vehicles, Guides that want nothing more, than to make your heart Blissfully happy - Cheers!

Wine Tour from Sedona to the Verde Valley Vineyards in Luxury Transportation

In the Spotlight

Maverick Helicopter Tours

RELATED TRIP IDEAS

Verde Valley Activities

MORE TOURS IN JEROME, AZ

Get 10% off your day tour (9am - 3pm) with promo code: daytrip10

Ghost Town Tours, LLC

GHOST TOWN TOURS, LLC

Ghost & history tours in jerome, az, learn history, discover mystery in jerome ghost town, select your ghost town location, jerome tours.

Learn More »

Cottonwood & Clarkdale Tours

Our guests' favorite ghost town tours.

  • Most Popular
  • Hour Glass 4 hours
  • Info Ghost tour

Arizona Ghost Adventure

Offered Everyday • Hear the ghosts of Jerome, Cottonwood, and Clarkdale!

Arizona Haunted History Shuttle

Experience the spookiest of tours when you come aboard our haunted shuttle and learn the scariest stories of Jerome’s most terrifying residents!

  • Hour Glass 1 hour

Spirit Walk

Get the best introduction to the wicked side of Jerome when you join us on this haunted walking tour!

LEARN HISTORY, DISCOVER MYSTERY!

At Ghost Town Tours, LLC we present the fascinating history and mysteries of the unique town of Jerome, AZ as well as Cottonwood and Clarkdale! Our haunted and historical tours are the best way to experience Jerome — the largest ghost town in America. When you join us, you enjoy tours that are extremely informative and full of surprises! After all, quite often truth is stranger than fiction.

Book with Ghost Town Tours online today!

TRIPADVISOR'S #1 GHOST TOWN TOUR IN JEROME!

a close up of a toy

The tour was excellent. The tour guide was a local lady, Amanda, and she was great and lots of fun. Her knowledge of Jerome was very good. I would highly recommend this tour.

This tour was full of information! It was so much fun to walk around and learn about Jerome’s history. There are plaques around town with information, but the tour guide provided much more! Very highly recommended.

Our tour guide was awesome. She truly has a passion for her town, and enjoys telling it. We took the tour during the day, and I would definitely want to come back for a night tour someday.

We had a great time. Our guide was very personable, enthusiastic and made it a fun experience. The tour was very informative with a mix of history and ghost hunting. I would definitely recommend this tour!

Our tour guide was wonderful! Not only did she know the "ghost" stories, but she had an incredible knowledge of the history of Jerome and how it came to be. Didn't find any ghosts, but the searching was the fun part. Highly recommend!

6 Reasons Why Jerome is the Absolute Best Ghost Town in Arizona

Jerome, Arizona was once the most talked-about mining town in the United States. Today, it stands with all of its original buildings, but with a new perspective on life. Jerome is one of the most unique cities in Arizona, attracting visitors from all over the world. It is located within the Verde Valley not far from Cottonwood, Prescott, and Sedona .

In Jerome, you’ll find people from all walks of life including bikers, ghost hunters, artists, goths, and international travelers. The rich history of mining, crime, and debauchery has made it one of the most haunted towns in the country. Come see why Jerome is the real Halloween Town and explore all the great things to do there.

Table of Contents

1. Jerome Has Historic Mine Museums

There are a few mining museums throughout Jerome, Arizona. Each of them boasts different aspects of the town’s dark and interesting past.

The Jerome Historical Society’s Mine Museum

Address: 407 Clark St, Jerome, AZ 86331

Located on Main Street Jerome and houses a wonderful collection of mining artifacts and things used in the mines back in the day.

The Gold King Mine and Ghost Town

Address: Perkinsville Rd, Jerome, AZ 86331

An eclectic museum with countless old vehicles, buildings, and well, a little bit of everything. Visiting this little ghost town is an absolute must for Jerome first-timers.

Douglas Mansion

Address: 100 Douglas Rd, Jerome, AZ 86331

Located just north of Main Street Jerome, or just down the hill in the Jerome State Historic Park. This is a free museum that takes you on a trip through how Jerome, Arizona came to be.

2. Jerome’s Restaurants are Very Unique – Some are Even Haunted

The restaurants in Jerome, Arizona are some of the best in the world! They have everything from bar fare to fine dining. The Haunted Hamburger is my personal favorite. Located in the middle of town they have some of the best hamburgers, the best views of the Verde Valley , and even a ghost story! When remodeling the building into the restaurant, the owner would find his tools always had a way of traveling elsewhere in the building- especially hammers.

So if you make a trip, be sure to take your hammer! The Spirit Room on Main Street has an excellent atmosphere for adults with live music every weekend. If you’re looking for fine dining, be sure to make your way up the hill to The Asylum . This family-friendly restaurant is located in the Jerome Grand Hotel and has select tables that offer that million-dollar view.

Here is a Complete List of the Best Restaurants in Jerome

The bordello of jerome.

Address : 412 Main St, Jerome, AZ 86331

Your place for American comfort foods. This quaint spot is a good place if you’re looking for a quick bite to eat.

Haunted Hamburger

Address : 410 Clark St, Jerome, AZ 86331

The Haunted Hamburger was once a boarding house for miners. The building is haunted by several miners whose souls have yet to pass on to the ever after. Today, it is the premier hamburger joint in all of Jerome, Arizona. Make sure to make reservations during the busy summer weekend season, because it books up very fast.

Grapes Restaurant & Bar

Address : 111 Main St, Jerome, AZ 86331

This is the place to go if you’re in the mood for delicious Italian food that you can eat while taking in the views of the Verde Valley. The bar also boasts an impressive and extensive wine list.

Mile High Grill and Inn

Address : 309 Main St, Jerome, AZ 86331

This cute little restaurant delivers American food in an aircraft-themed atmosphere. This is the place to go if you’re craving the best appetizers and sandwiches – honestly, I think I’ve had the best sandwich in my life here. Try their pretzels too!

Asylum Restaurant

Address : 200 Hill St, Jerome, AZ 86331 (Grand Jerome Hotel)

If you’re looking for romance and elegance, then look no further. Asylum Restaurant is located within the Grand Jerome Hotel

The Flat Iron

Address : 416 Main St, Jerome, AZ 86331

The Flat Iron is an all-day breakfast spot that has a quirky cool vibe.

Vaqueros Grill and Cantina

Address : 63 Main St, Jerome, AZ 86331

Delicious Verde Valley Mexican food with a Southwestern twist.

Hilltop Deli

Address : 403 N, Clark St, Jerome, AZ 86331 (Jerome UVX Center)

A very cool deli that boasts some of the best food in the whole town. Simple, yet wonderful. What can I say, I love delis.

3. The Shops in Jerome, Arizona are the Best in the State

What do you like to shop? Toys? Souvenirs? Home goods? Clothing? Let me tell you, Jerome has a shop for just about everybody! About half of the town is art galleries, so window shoppers are in for a treat too. While not on Main Street, the old school (to the left as you enter Jerome) is an eclectic mash of Art Galleries. Art galleries can also be found down Main Street Jerome. Most artists sell their work. Besides the art galleries, there are a lot of artistic shops that sell unique items. Here are a few of my favorite stores in Jerome:

Nellie Bly Kaleidoscopes

Address: 136 Main St, Jerome, AZ 86331

One shop that has spectacular art is Nellie Bly Kaleidoscopes – which is one of my must-stops whenever I’m in town. Nellie Bly is the largest dealer of kaleidoscopes in the world! And what’s better? They encourage you to look around, try them out, and engage your childlike spirit. They have kaleidoscopes for every budget.

Amore Pin-Up Boutique

Address: 327 Main St., Jerome, Arizona

There are also unique boutique shops like the Amore Pin-Up Boutique. One side of this shop is dedicated to unique gothic and 1960s chic clothing and accessories. The other side is dedicated to gorgeous and sexy lingerie. This classy establishment is a must for those who want unique clothing that impresses.

Puscifer – The Store

Address: 140 Main St, Jerome, AZ 86331

Another shop that simply must visit, especially if you’re a Maynard James Keanan fan, is Puscifer – The Store . Not only does this store sell Puscifer merchandise, but it’s also a very cool record store, hair salon, and T-shirt printing shop. This establishment is run by Maynard’s wife and is a prime example of what makes Jerome such a unique place.

Tommy Rocks

Address: 110 Main St, Jerome, AZ 86331

This awesome little music shop is located within the Jerome Historical Society’s Mine Museum. You’ll notice it on your left once you enter, it’s the place with all the guitars and ukuleles. Tommy is a cool guy that plays a mean guitar. He has vintage guitars lining the back wall with autographs from rock legends. So, make sure to stop by the Tommy Rocks music store .

Threads on Main

Address: 367 Main St, Jerome, AZ 86331

Threads on Main is a friendly fashion boutique that specializes in women’s clothing. You won’t find these clothes anywhere else, it’s that special of a place. This is one of those stores that I always need to stop at to see what’s new every time I’m in Jerome.

Mooey Christmas and Udder Things

Address: 111 Jerome Ave, Jerome, AZ 86331

Mooey Christmas and Udder Things is a year-round Christmas store. That’s right… year-round. This nifty little place is your one-stop-shop for all your Christmas decor.

Liberty Theatre & Gifts

Address: 110 Jerome Ave, Jerome, AZ 86331

During the flu epidemic of 1918, a very unique movie theatre was constructed. And because of that epidemic, it didn’t open until a year later. It quickly became a very popular silent movie house that showed the best Hollywood masterpieces. It didn’t stay open long, however, because the owner didn’t want to install a sound system for talkies. The Liberty Theatre sits 480 people and plays movies every day.

What makes the theatre even cooler is that it’s on the second floor of a very cool gift shop. You’ll find a lot of crazy things here including animatronic monsters, wild art, and cool clothes.

4. Jerome Boasts the Best Wineries in Arizona

Jerome is just a stop along the Verde Valley Wine Trail and boasts four wineries/tasting rooms. The vineyards in the Verde Valley provide a uniquely dry and cool climate. This produces a flavor that is unique to the region. The four wineries include the following:

Caduceus Cellars and Merkin Vineyards Tasting Room

Address: 158 Main St, Jerome, AZ 86331

Caduceus Cellars and Merkin Vineyards Tasting Room is located on Main Street and is open 365 days a year, making it the perfect place to stop in and sample some delicious locally made wines. Merkin Vineyards are actually owned by Maynard James Keenan of Tool, Puscifer, and A Perfect Circle fame.

The Original Jerome Winery

Address: 114 Jerome Ave, Jerome, AZ 86331

The rustic Old West atmosphere of The Original Jerome Winery offers the best views of the Verde Valley that you can kick back to while enjoying delicious wine.

Cabal Cellars

Address: 417 Hull Ave, Jerome, AZ 86331

Cult-like in its design, Cabal Cellars is a very cool winery that exclusively serves Cabal wines.

Address: 527 Main St, Jerome, AZ 86331

Vino Zona is a quaint and inviting winery that offers delicious wine tastings and other wonderful get-togethers.

5. Authentic Old West Architecture Makes Up the Entire City

Jerome is literally built into the side of the hill and contains all of the original structures as they once were (with a few exceptions, of course). If you are one for 19th-century architecture, this place is just a gold mine… figuratively speaking, of course. Though the mines are no longer functional, the buildings and homes will make you feel like you’ve stepped back into time. It is quite a sight to see!

Another interesting building that still barely stands is Jerome’s Sliding Jail. This jail cell is in ruins but the bars still work. This place surely saw many crazy things over the years.

6. All of Jerome’s Hotels are Haunted!

Sold on coming to Jerome, Arizona? That’s perfectly fine, there are many hotels and Bed and Breakfasts to allow you to extend your day trip into a haunted over-nighter. That’s right… haunted. Every hotel in town is haunted by at least one ghost.

Jerome Grand Hotel

Address: 200 Hill St, Jerome, AZ 86331

The crown jewel of Jerome is the Jerome Grand Hotel . It used to operate as a hospital back when the mines were open before being converted into a hotel. You won’t need to ask for a mountain view, in this case, you will literally see the side of the mountain it’s built upon. You’ll want a valley-view though, it looks over the Verde Valley and the rest of Jerome.

Ghost City Inn Bed & Breakfast

Address: 541 Main St, Jerome, AZ 86331

If a bed and breakfast is more your pace, try the Ghost City Inn Bed & Breakfast . The Ghost City Inn is located just off of Main Street, away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Jerome, Arizona but still boasts the old-time construction.

Connor Hotel

Address: 160 Main St, Jerome, AZ 86331

If you like being close to bars and the hustle and bustle of Main Street, the Connor Hotel is definitely the way to go. It is close to restaurants, shops, and steps away from all of the action. It is also home to the popular nightspot, the Spirit Room.

Surgeon’s House Bed & Breakfast

Address: 100 Hill St, Jerome, AZ 86331

This was the home of the chief surgeon of Jerome, Arizona. It was built in 1917 and even though it went into disrepair after many years of vacancy, it now is completely restored and even surpasses its original glory. Today, the Surgeon’s House Bed & Breakfast is an interesting and beautiful lodging option. It’s just down the hill from the Jerome Grand Hotel and next to the

There’s No Place Like Jerome, Arizona

Where else in Arizona will you find a cluster of Victorian mansions on the side of a mountain? The answer is simple… nowhere. This kind of city planning is only available in Jerome. Arizona. Whatever you choose to do in Jerome, may you have a hauntingly good time!

Visit the Largest Airplane Graveyard right here in Tucson, Arizona for an Amazing Experience

Visit This Magical Place in Arizona to see Wildflowers Blooming like Crazy

John Ghost is a professional writer and SEO director. He graduated from Arizona State University with a BA in English (Writing, Rhetorics, and Literacies). As he prepares for graduate school to become an English professor, he writes weird fiction, plays his guitars, and enjoys spending time with his wife and daughters. He lives in the Valley of the Sun.

  • Latest Posts
  • Popular Posts

Here Are the 6 Best Tiki Bars in Baltimore, Maryland

Here are the 10 best restaurants in williams, arizona , here are the 10 best things to do in tombstone, arizona, here are the 10 best things to do in yuma, arizona, here are the 10 best things to do in goodyear, arizona.

This 5.8-Mile Hike Leads to the Most Insane Crystal Blue Waters in All of Arizona

10 Reasons Why You Should Never Ever Considering Moving to Arizona

These 8 Charming Towns in Arizona Are Hidden Gems That Are Perfect for a Day Trip

  • Skip to primary navigation
  • Skip to main content
  • Skip to primary sidebar
  • Skip to footer

Travel Notes & Beyond logo

The Opinionated Travelogue of a Photo Maniac

  • Middle East
  • North America
  • South America
  • Pacific Islands
  • FOOD & WINE
  • TRAVEL GUIDES
  • TRAVEL RESOURCES
  • Rants & Raves
  • Travel Blogger Interviews
  • Contact Form
  • Privacy Policy
  • Featured Elsewhere

Jerome Ghost Town

Jerome, Arizona – a Wicked Ghost Town That Refuses to ‘Die’

Last Modified: March 15, 2023 //  by  Anda //   26 Comments

Welcome to Jerome, Arizona, America’s largest ghost town. If I were to describe Jerome in just one word, I would probably say: funky. But the haunted town nestled in the Black Hills of Yavapai County is much more than that.

Table of Contents

A Mining Town With a Bad Reputation

Jerome refuses to become a ghost town, what to expect in the ghost town of jerome, 1. stop at the ‘sliding’ jail, 2. visit the mine museum, 3. drop by the house of joy brothel, 4. take a haunted tour, 5. visit gold king mine, where to stay in jerome, arizona, how to get to jerome ghost town, a brief history of jerome, arizona.

Before Jerome was Jerome, or a ghost town, it was the site of a small mine where the local Yavapai tribe mined copper for their jewelry. The town’s history goes back to the late 1800s when the first miners began digging for the rich ore deposits. 

Jerome ghost town

During the 70 years they were in business,  Jerome’s two copper mines made hundreds of millions of dollars for their investors.

The town was named after Eugene Jerome, a New York lawyer who financed the United Verde Copper Company. However, Eugene Jerome never even set foot in Jerome.

When gold was discovered in the area people from all over the world began flocking here. The town’s population grew from 250 residents in 1890 to over 15,000 in 1920s.

Jerome Ghost Town

To keep their employees entertained, the mining companies built a lot of saloons, restaurants, brothels and even an opera house. They say that at one time there were 14 Chinese restaurants in town. But things were not well in the mining town of Jerome.

With the growth of the population also grew the Jerome’s bad reputation for wickedness, gamblers and bad boys. The town was so filled with corruption, that it was named the “Wickedest City in the West” by a New York newspaper.

People in Jerome were dying in gunfights, stabbed, strangled, beaten to death, overdosed on opium, or committing suicide.

the main street in Jerome

In 1953 when gold and copper deposits vanished  and the last mine shut down, only about 50 people stayed behind. Jerome was on the verge of turning into a veritable ghost town, but the stubborn western city desperately hanged on to life. Jerome had a long history of tragedy and was not ready to disappear.

On several occasions fire destroyed large parts of it, but Jerome was always rebuilt. In 1938 an underground blast rocked the town’s center, collapsing the business district, including the city jail which slipped 225 feet down the mountainside. But against all odds, the town survived. Ghostly remains of these buildings can still be seen today.

remnants of an old structure in Jerome

During the 60s and 70s some artists discovered the decaying ghost town and began moving in. Then, some residents founded the Historical Society and proclaimed Jerome largest ghost town in America. But for their efforts of preserving and restoring it, the town would have become totally extinct. 

Jerome is considered a ghost town, but unlike other ghost towns in America such as Bodie , or Calico , Jerome is not completely abandoned. There are still people living here.

The town is a mix of old building façades, some renovated, some which ready to slide off the hill, and some with resident ghosts.

Abandoned old building in Jerome Ghost Town

Today the town’s population is about 500 residents, mainly craftsmen, inn-keepers, restaurant owners, writers and musicians. Many of the old buildings from the late 1890s still stand today and are occupied by their owners, while some of the old structures are just remains from the town’s early days.

Gift shop in Jerome, Arizona

There are several fine galleries, bed and breakfasts, restaurants, bars and some very unique gift shops in town. The buildings have a lot of charm and character and the town’s atmosphere is that of a bygone era.

art studio in Jerome Arizona

Things to Do in Jerome Ghost Town

As you arrive in Jerome, continue going up Cleopatra Hill to the center of the town till you reach the Visitor’s Center on Hull Avenue. If you want to find your way around town faster, get a map.

the visitor center

The map has an index listing the current and historical owners of the buildings. You can also inquire about guided tours, but you can easily explore the town on your own. Here is what you can do in the ghost town of Jerome:

One of Jerome’s curiosities is the town jail, which slid 225 feet downhill in 1930’s during a land slide caused by the many mining shafts in the area. The jail slid slowly stopping at various locations until it finally stopped on its current spot, about 225 feet from where it started.

The Jail House in Jerome Ghost Town

Housed in one of the former saloons in town, the Mine Museum stands at the corner of Main Street and Jerome Avenue, just across from Connor Hotel.

The mine museum

The museum, which is operated by the Jerome Historical Society, follows Jerome’s history from the time it was formed till present. On display are various items like mining equipment such as drills, cages, carbide lamps, to household goods and hospital equipment.

The colorful building of the House of Joy, former brothel of Jerome, will surely catch your eye. Built in 1898, the House of Joy has been serving different purposes over the years. From brothel to restaurant, to a souvenir shop and currently an art studio, the building has seen a lot.

The House of Joy brothel

If you have time, you should visit this beautiful art studio that features mostly Arizona artists. Owned by a delightful Arizona couple, you are welcomed personally into the establishment. It is shops and studios like this that make Jerome such a special place.

You will definitely want to include a Haunted Tour in “The Wickedest Town in the West.” After all, Jerome was a ghost town of 50 inhabitants for many years after the mines closed.

Haunted tour

This 2 hour walking tour which takes place after dark, will lead you to haunted outdoor locations. Equipped with flashlights, you’ll be visiting sites that were formerly the scene of gambling, murder, prostitution or even former residential areas of the long gone hardworking miners.

One site not to miss while visiting Jerome is the funny Gold King Mine, located just above town. They mined copper here from 1890 to 1914. In its heyday, this mine was home to about 300 miners.

The current attraction was developed by owner Don Robertson over the course of 30 years. He acquired a lot of stuff, like trucks, cars, buildings, and even a sawmill.

sawmill at the Gold King Mine

The mine shaft goes down 1270 ft. You can view it but you can not go down in it. The tour is self guided and costs about $7.00 You can do gold or gem panning, watch knife making, or observe mining equipment demonstrations.

There is a unique collection of antique trucks, cars, motorcycles and even a petting zoo.

antique car collection at the Gold King Mine

You can easily visit Jerome as a day trip from Sedona , which is only 40 minutes away by car. But if you decide to stay in town, you have a few good hotel choices (all allegedly haunted). You can stay at the historic Grand Hotel, the Ghost City Inn, the Surgeon’s House, or at the Connor Hotel on Main Street.

Jerome Grand Hotel

There is also a campground and an RV park close by (the Verde Valley RV and Camping Resort ) which has several small cabins and tiny houses available to rent.

There are just a few ways to get to Jerome, depending where you are coming from. Jerome is located between Prescott and Sedona, and within very close driving distance to Clarkdale and Cottonwood, Arizona.

From Sedona.  Jerome is less than 28 miles southwest of Sedona AZ. Take State Route 89A to Cottonwood, then through Clarkdale into Jerome. This is very scenic drive.

From Phoenix and Scottsdale.  Expect about 2 to 2.5 hours drive time depending upon your origination point. Take Interstate 17 Freeway north and exit at State Route 260 at Camp Verde. Go left (northwest) on 260 into Cottonwood and then left on 89A through Clarkdale into Jerome AZ.

If you enjoyed this post, please promote it on Pintrest, Facebook, and Twitter

Jerome ghost town

  • 5 Best Winery to Visit in Sedona
  • Red Rock Crossing – Hiking Sedona’s Most Iconic Trail
  • 20 Amazing Destinations You Should Visit in Your Lifetime

Anda is an award winning travel writer, avid globetrotter and passionate photographer. She is the voice behind "Travel Notes & Beyond," a collection of stories and travel impressions from her wanderings around the world. When she is not busy writing, traveling, or editing photographs, you can find her hiking in the foothills behind her house together with her husband and their dog.

ghost town near jerome az

Reader Interactions

I love Croatia

May 29, 2020 at 5:49 am

Nice photos! Thank you on a detailed impressive guide! Saved your post for the future ?

May 30, 2020 at 11:43 am

Glad you liked it and thank you for saving it.

February 25, 2018 at 10:09 am

I love cities like this especially with a lot of artisans that lovingly live and build a community. I also like the fact that a lot of breweries and wine galleries are now all over the city in these refurbished buildings.

January 12, 2017 at 7:44 am

Nice write-up on Jerome. I’ve visited a couple of times. It’s an interesting town. I watched a glassblower there – I think it was in the yard of your ruins photos. All of your photos are great. Because of the town’s history, there are claims many buildings are haunted. A friend once took a guided tour where every tour participant was given an EMF meter to measure paranormal activity. The meters became extremely active in the resident stairway of the Connor Hotel.

Anda Galffy

January 12, 2017 at 11:45 am

Wow, I didn’t know that, Donna. I wouldn’t have like to have a ghost encounter.

January 19, 2016 at 4:19 am

What a unique location to visit! I had never heard of it before now, but I’d be quite interested to check it out. I bet it has an interesting atmosphere!

January 11, 2016 at 9:45 pm

WOW those ruins! I had no idea this place even existed – I’ve never ever heard of it before!

Michele {Malaysian Meanders}

January 11, 2016 at 8:59 pm

It must have been so strange to be one of the few remaining people when the town started dying out. Those ruins are eerie. I’m glad that it’s rebounded, and it looks like the current residents are embracing Jerome’s unique history. I’ll have to keep it in mind if I’m headed out to Sedona.

January 12, 2016 at 10:49 am

It’s a very interesting little town, Michelle, I think you’d enjoy it.

Ruth - Tanama Tales

January 11, 2016 at 7:06 pm

You have no idea of how much I liked Jerome. I was there half day and it was not enough time. We also visited another ghost town that is located about a mile from the city. That place is neat too. And, believe it or not, we had a great BBQ lunch there. The guys that were cooking looked like they were 15 but they surely knew how to smoke meat.

January 11, 2016 at 7:20 pm

Glad you hear you were there too and liked Jerome. We didn’t have time for lunch as we were actually headed to Sedona.

Alyssa | Adjust Your Focus™

January 11, 2016 at 2:32 pm

What an interesting place to explore. I always think ghost towns are both fascinating and creepy at the same time. Great pictures to go along with the history of Jerome.

January 10, 2016 at 12:59 pm

If we lived in the western U.S. we would love to join you in your ghost town forays, Anda. They sound like wonderful adventures. We don’t have anything like that in the eastern states that I know of, maybe because of our wetter weather.

January 10, 2016 at 5:46 pm

There is actually a long list of ghost towns on the East Coast too, Linda, even in Florida. They may not be from the gold rush era, but Wikipedia lists them all.

Brooke of Passport Couture

January 9, 2016 at 12:57 pm

Ghost towns always fascinate me. It’s always intriguing to think about what happened to a once booming and vibrant city to transform it into a ghost town. Your photos of Jerome show how haunting and mysterious a ghost town can be.

samiya selim

January 9, 2016 at 1:46 am

I have never really been to any ghost towns, not that I can remember from when I used to live in the States and visited the west coast. You have brought Jerome alive with your wonderful storytelling and beautiful pictures 🙂 We are just planning our road trip USA in 2017. I have to come back to all your posts in Arizona for our roadtrip planning. ‘Wickedest city in the west’ love it!

Tanja (the Red phone box travels)

January 9, 2016 at 12:49 am

This is very interesting and creepy at the same time:) thanks for the linkup!

January 8, 2016 at 11:14 pm

It’s so creepy visiting ghost towns. Reading this reminded me of Pripyat in Ukraine (the town that was deserted after Chernobyl exploded). But really enjoyed reading your story of what Jerome used to be like.

Rhonda Albom

January 8, 2016 at 6:41 pm

What a neat place. I love the contrast between the brightly painted brothel and the old ruins of some of the other buildings. Jerome must have invested a lot to get a town he never visited named after him. My dad lives in Arizona. Maybe I will visit Jerome some day.

January 8, 2016 at 8:52 pm

You should definitely this place when you come to Arizona.

Kurtis Sherwood

July 25, 2022 at 6:54 pm

The whole Verde Valley is an awesome place! From the Redrocks of Sedona to the mining town of Jerome. Tuzigoot is very close to Jerome and definitely a must see. It’s an old Sinagua Indian ruin and surely these were the first people to mine Jerome’s copper. There is also a museum.

January 8, 2016 at 5:58 pm

Beautiful photos! I like the way you told this story. The “Wickedest City in the West” has an interesting history.

January 8, 2016 at 8:53 pm

Thank you, Karen. I’m glad you liked the story.

Mary {The World Is A Book}

January 8, 2016 at 4:53 pm

Very neat! I have heard of Jerome in passing somewhere but didn’t know anything about. This looks like a wonderful little pit stop. That Joy Brothel House looks quite interesting. I’m always up for unique shops so this would make a neat place to visit.

January 8, 2016 at 1:05 pm

What a great post! I love the way you explained the history of Jerome. It seems like it was a cool place in the past, but also a very photogenic place now. Great pictures!

January 8, 2016 at 3:28 pm

Thank you, Shere, that’s very kind of you. Truth is that I love ghost towns and I keep chasing them all over the USA.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.

COPYRIGHT NOTICE

All rights reserved © Travel Notes & Beyond. The material on this website is protected by copyright law. Republishing the content on this blog (including text, photography, etc.) is strictly prohibited.

Gold Award Winner

AFFILIATE PROGRAM DISCLOSURE

Some of the pages and posts of this blog contain links to products and services that may be useful for my readers. When clicking on these links you will have the option to purchase or register for a service at no extra cost to you, but doing so can help me offset the costs associated with running this blog. Thank you for your support!

Top Destination Deals!

Simply Wander

curated travel guides to help you wander simply and simply wander

Meet the Youngs

  • Privacy Policy

Search this site

Arizona , Western US & Canada · June 9, 2022

7 of the Coolest Ghost Towns in Arizona

Arizona’s history is etched with cowboy tales and Wild West lore. While many of the dusty streets have since been paved over, there are still legends and ghosts that refuse to die. And they continue to live on in some of the coolest ghost towns in Arizona!

*Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you purchase a product or book a tour through the link then we receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. We really appreciate your support!

7 of the Coolest Ghost Towns in Arizona | Simply Wander #simplywander #arizona #ghosttown

1. Tombstone

Arizona is known for its many boomtowns. When mining was at its peak, boomtowns dotted the Arizona landscape.

As the mines began to close, these boomtowns were abandoned almost just as quickly as they popped up.

As a result, there are nearly 300 ghost towns that remain in Arizona.

While many have fallen into desolation, several ghost towns have been restored and are now lively tourist destinations.

One of which is the legendary town of Tombstone, an 1880s silver mining boomtown.

With over 400,000 tourists visiting each year, Tombstone continues to live up to its nickname, “The Town Too Tough to Die”.

7 of the Coolest Ghost Towns in Arizona | Tombstone Ghost Town #simplywander #arizona #ghosttown

Tombstone was once the epitome of the Wild West, with outlaws ruling the streets and Geronimo and his Apache warriors ruling the surrounding mountains.

7 of the Coolest Ghost Towns in Arizona | Tombstone #simplywander #arizona #ghosttown

And Hollywood helped to make Tombstone a tourist destination when it brought the infamous gunfight at O.K. Corral to the big screen in the 1993 movie Tombstone .

7 of the Coolest Ghost Towns in Arizona | Tombstone #simplywander #arizona #ghosttown

Today, Tombstone is a collection of original and restored buildings.

Visitors can see a re-enactment of the gunfight at O.K. Corral, stop by the infamous Bird Cage Theater on Allen Street, grab a bite to eat at Big Nose Kate’s Saloon, and visit the Boothill Graveyard.

7 of the Coolest Ghost Towns in Arizona | Tombstone #simplywander #arizona #ghosttown

To learn more about Tombstone’s dark history, book an adult’s only walking tour , or a more family-friendly walking ghost tour .

You can even stay at the nearby Tombstone Monument Ranch. This fun dude ranch looks like a miniature replica of the real town of Tombstome and includes meals and horseback rides!

7 of the Coolest Ghost Towns in Arizona | Tombstone #simplywander #arizona #ghosttown

For more information about visiting Tombstone, see our guide 11 Things You Can’t Miss on Your First Trip to Tombstone Arizona .

During its heyday, Jerome was one of the largest copper mines in the west and was nicknamed ‘The Billion Dollar Copper Camp’.

It was also one of the richest cities in the US with a thriving population of around 15,000.

Today, Jerome is the largest ghost town in America and is home to a mere 450 residents.

7 of the Coolest Ghost Towns in Arizona | Jerome #simplywander #arizona #ghosttown

One thing that sets Jerome apart from other ghost towns is that it is a living ghost town.

Many restaurants and hotels have been restored and run profitable businesses, yet several buildings have been preserved in their state of ruin.

7 of the Coolest Ghost Towns in Arizona | Jerome #simplywander #arizona #ghosttown

Not only was Jerome considered one of the richest cities, but it was also considered the ‘Wickedest Town in the West’.

This mountainside perch was filled with brothels, saloons, gambling, boozing, brawling, gun fights, and everything in between.

7 of the Coolest Ghost Towns in Arizona | Jerome #simplywander #arizona #ghosttown

The Jerome Historical Society has placed plaques on various buildings that tell about the history of the building and interesting stories about the town.

And trust me, there is no shortage of interesting stories about the town.

7 of the Coolest Ghost Towns in Arizona | Jerome #simplywander #arizona #ghosttown

When visiting Jerome, be sure to grab a drink at the Spirit Room Bar, sample some homemade fudge at OJ’s Copper Country Fudge, see the Sliding Jail, visit Jerome State Historic Park, and eat a burger at the Haunted Hamburger.

7 of the Coolest Ghost Towns in Arizona | Jerome #simplywander #arizona #ghosttown

If you’re brave enough, you can even spend the night at the haunted Jerome Grand Hotel or Connor Hotel!

If you want to delve deeper into the history of Jerome and enjoy a more immersive experience, I would recommend taking a walking history tour or ghost shuttle tour .

For more information about visiting Jerome, click the link for our First Time Guide to Jerome Ghost Town !

3. Goldfield Ghost Town

The town of Goldfield was founded in 1893 when gold was first discovered in the Superstition Mountains.

7 of the Coolest Ghost Towns in Arizona | Goldfield Ghost Town #simplywander #arizona #ghosttown

Goldfield quickly grew and the main street was soon lined with saloons, a boarding house, a blacksmith shop, a brewery, a butcher shop, a general store, and a school house.

7 of the Coolest Ghost Towns in Arizona | Goldfield Ghost Town #simplywander #arizona #ghosttown

However, after only five years the mine veins faulted and the town was abandoned while the miners went in search of gold elsewhere.

7 of the Coolest Ghost Towns in Arizona | Goldfield Ghost Town #simplywander #arizona #ghosttown

Goldfield got a second chance at life in the early 1920s during an attempt to reopen the mines.

Over the years, miners and treasure seekers have also drawn to the area in search of the elusive “Lost Dutchman Mine”.

7 of the Coolest Ghost Towns in Arizona | Goldfield Ghost Town #simplywander #arizona #ghosttown

The city finally boarded up its doors for good in 1926. It then sat vacant until the 1980s when the town was reconstructed as a tourist attraction.

7 of the Coolest Ghost Towns in Arizona | Goldfield Ghost Town #simplywander #arizona #ghosttown

Today, the buildings you see at Goldfield Ghost Town are only replicas of an 1890s gold mining town, but the history of the area is still authentic.

7 of the Coolest Ghost Towns in Arizona | Goldfield Ghost Town #simplywander #arizona #ghosttown

While the structures are not originals, it is still fun to step back in time to see what life would have been like back then.

7 of the Coolest Ghost Towns in Arizona | Goldfield Ghost Town #simplywander #arizona #ghosttown

Visitors today can enjoy a meal at the Mammoth Steakhouse & Saloon, tour an underground mine, ride the Scenic Narrow Gauge Railroad, see a gunfight re-enactment, aim for targets at the shooting gallery, ride a zipline over the desert, and so much more!

7 of the Coolest Ghost Towns in Arizona | Goldfield Ghost Town #simplywander #arizona #ghosttown

For more fun places to go in the Valley, see our guide 101 Things to do in Phoenix and the East Valley with Kids !

4. Chloride

Chloride is another example of a living ghost town. In 1920, Chloride had a population of around 2,000 people.

7 of the Coolest Ghost Towns in Arizona | Chloride Ghost Town #simplywander #arizona #ghosttown

Today, Chloride has a population of less than 400, but the citizens have taken pride in preserving the history of this old mining town.

7 of the Coolest Ghost Towns in Arizona | Chloride Ghost Town #simplywander #arizona #ghosttown

Chloride was founded in 1862 when silver ore was discovered in the surrounding mountains.

During its peak, Chloride had over 75 mines including, silver, gold, lead, zinc, and turquoise mines.

A few landmarks that visitors can see today include the original local jail from 1860, the oldest continually-run post office in Arizona, and the oldest continually-run church in Arizona.

7 of the Coolest Ghost Towns in Arizona | Chloride Ghost Town #simplywander #arizona #ghosttown

Cyanide Springs is also a fun little stop. It’s a replica of a miniature ghost town with an old saloon and other building fronts.

7 of the Coolest Ghost Towns in Arizona | Chloride Ghost Town #simplywander #arizona #ghosttown

Stop in at the general store to pick up some local treats and admire the miniature scale model of the town.

The friendly cashiers are always willing to share any history or stories of the town if you ask!

If you have time, take the dirt road a little way up the mountain to discover some brightly-colored murals painted on boulders by a local artist.

Chloride is located about a half-hour outside Kingman on the way to Las Vegas. If you’re looking for more things to do in the area, check out our guide 7 Unique Things to do in Kingman Arizona .

5. Santa Claus

Santa Claus is a unique ghost town. Unlike many of the other ghost towns in Arizona, this one did not begin as a mining town.

Instead, it was the brainchild of an LA real estate developer and her husband.

In 1937, they founded Santa Claus, Arizona in an attempt to attract buyers to the desert.

7 of the Coolest Ghost Towns in Arizona | Santa Claus Ghost Town #simplywander #arizona #ghosttown

The Christmas Tree Inn was at the heart of Santa Claus and the surrounding land was parceled out and put up for sale.

For several years it was a thriving tourist attraction where it felt like Christmas every day of the year.

Kids could even visit Santa year-round and mail letters postmarked from Santa Claus.

However, by 1949 no one was buying up the surrounding land and the town slowly fell into disrepair.

7 of the Coolest Ghost Towns in Arizona | Santa Claus Ghost Town #simplywander #arizona #ghosttown

Today, this Christmas-themed ghost town is a depressing collection of graffiti-covered buildings. You’ll find a few traces of chipped red and green paint and ghostly wisps of holiday cheer.

7 of the Coolest Ghost Towns in Arizona | Santa Claus Ghost Town #simplywander #arizona #ghosttown

While there isn’t much left to see, it’s a quick roadside stop just off US-93 between Kingman and Henderson, NV.

It is also only a few miles from Chloride, so it’s easy to visit both ghost towns at the same time.

Bisbee is an old historic mining town filled with history, lurid tales, and even a few ghosts.

7 of the Coolest Ghost Towns in Arizona | Bisbee Ghost Town #simplywander #arizona #ghosttown

It is located only about 30 minutes from Tombstone so it’s easy to combine both in just one trip.

In 1877, Bisbee began as a small mining camp but quickly grew until it became known as the “Queen of the Copper Camps”.

7 of the Coolest Ghost Towns in Arizona | Bisbee Ghost Town #simplywander #arizona #ghosttown

Bisbee soon became one of the richest mineral sites in the world, producing gold, copper, silver, and zinc.

At the height of production, Bisbee was responsible for producing almost 1/4 of the world’s copper.

It was home to over 20,000 residents and was the largest town in the Southwest between St. Louis and San Francisco!

The mines supported the town of Bisbee for almost 100 years before the resources were depleted. In 1975, the mines were shuttered for good.

7 of the Coolest Ghost Towns in Arizona | Bisbee Ghost Town #simplywander #arizona #ghosttown

Today, visitors can tour the Copper Queen Mine and visit the 1,000-foot-deep Lavender Pit. The Mining & Historical Museum is also worth a stop.

7 of the Coolest Ghost Towns in Arizona | Bisbee Ghost Town #simplywander #arizona #ghosttown

You’ll also want to stroll along Main Street where it feels as if everything is frozen in time.

7 of the Coolest Ghost Towns in Arizona | Bisbee Ghost Town #simplywander #arizona #ghosttown

A Guided E-bike Tour is a great way to see the town and learn the history from a local.

For a unique experience, you can even spend the night at the historic, and supposedly haunted, Copper Queen Hotel !

Over the years, Bisbee has become a mecca for artists and free-spirits.

You’ll find colorful murals around the city and even an outdoor art museum that is hidden in an alleyway.

7 of the Coolest Ghost Towns in Arizona | Bisbee Ghost Town #simplywander #arizona #ghosttown

For more recommended things to do, see our Bisbee Travel Guide .

7. Two Guns

Two Guns is an obscure roadside stop along Route 66.

It’s a ghost town of sorts with the dilapidated remains of a trading post, gas station, and even a zoo!

7 of the Coolest Ghost Towns in Arizona | Two Guns Ghost Town #simplywander #arizona #ghosttown

It is also the grim site of the Apache Death Cave.

During the Route 66 boom, a shrewd businessman tried to capitalize on the gruesome attack in the cave.

He marketed it as a tourist attraction and began selling real skulls from the cave.

This eerie ghost town is located just off I-40 between Flagstaff and Winslow on the rim of Canyon Diablo.

7 of the Coolest Ghost Towns in Arizona | Two Guns Ghost Town #simplywander #arizona #ghosttown

Supposedly, Billy the Kid even hid out in Canyon Diablo after he stole money in a train robbery. It is rumored that the money is still buried somewhere in the canyon.

Today, there is not much left of the once thriving trading post and Route 66 tourist attraction.

However, the weathered remains of the mountain lion enclosure are pretty cool!

7 of the Coolest Ghost Towns in Arizona | Two Guns Ghost Town #simplywander #arizona #ghosttown

You can also visit the nearby Canyon Diablo ghost town and see the remains of this old railroad town.

For more of the best Route 66 stops, see our guide 12 Must-see Stops on Route 66 in Arizona !

A few more of the best ghost towns in Arizona

  • Vulture City: Vulture City was once the site of Arizona’s most successful gold mine which led to the founding of Wickenburg. Guided tours are available on the weekends where you can visit sites such as the 300-year-old ironwood tree where 18 men were sentenced to hang to death.
  • Swansea: The ghost town of Swansea is located near Parker. It was settled in 1909 as a small copper mining and smelting town. Due to the remote location, this ghost town is considered one of the creepiest ghost towns in Arizona.
  • Nothing: Nothing is located on US-93 between Wickenburg and Wikieup. The term ghost “town” is used loosely, since all that remains is an abandoned gas station and a couple of signs. But it is worth a quick stop just to take a photo of the original sign to prove you saw Nothing in Arizona!
  • Fairbank: Fairbank was once a bustling railroad town and the closest train depot to Tucson. Today, visitors can take a self-guided walking tour to see historic points of interest like the old school house.
  • Oatman: One thing that makes Oatman unique is the wild burros that roam around the town. These donkeys are descendants of those brought in by the original miners that settled this town!
  • Castle Dome: Castle Dome was once bigger than Yuma but is now a a well-preserved ghost town. Visitors can tour over 50 restored buildings filled with artifacts.
  • Ruby: Ruby is located near the Mexico boarder by Nogales. It is a privately owned ghost town, but visitors can tour the abandoned mining town for a fee. If you visit from May-September, you can even witness hundreds of Mexican free tail bats emerging from the old mines at dawn and returning at dusk.
  • Cochise: Cochise was once a busy railroad town. In the 1880s, trains along the Southern Pacific Railroad would stop here for coal and water. A handful of original buildings and an operating train track still remain
  • Ghost town trail: The ghost town trail east of Tombstone takes you to the ghost towns of Gleeson, Courtland, and Pearce.
  • Where are the best ghost towns in Arizona? Click on the link for a map of all of the best ghost towns in Arizona.
  • How many ghost towns are in Arizona? There are approximately 300 ghost towns in Arizona. Many are the remains of old mining boomtowns or railroad towns.
  • What is the scariest ghost town in Arizona? Jerome is arguably the most haunted ghost town in Arizona. It was once considered the ‘Wickedest Town in the West’ and many of the notorious residents never left!
  • What is the most popular ghost town in Arizona to visit? Tombstone is the most popular ghost town in Arizona to visit. Nearly 450,000 tourists visit Tombstone each year.
  • What ghost towns are near Tucson? The closest ghost towns to Tucson are Tombstone, Bisbee, Fairbank, Cochise, Courtland, Pearce, Gleeson, and Ruby.
  • What ghost town is near Sedona? Jerome is the closest ghost town to Sedona. It is located about 35 minutes southwest of Sedona.

Pin it for later:

7 of the Coolest Ghost Towns in Arizona | Simply Wander #simplywander #arizona #ghosttown

[…] are several more lesser-known ghost towns near Tombstone, check out our guide 11 of the Coolest Ghost Towns in Arizona for more […]

[…] And if you’re looking for more ghost towns in the area, check out our guide 7 of the Coolest Ghost Towns in Arizona. […]

[…] If you’re interested in checking out more ghost towns, see our guide 7 of the Coolest Ghost Towns in Arizona! […]

[…] If you’re interested in visiting more ghost towns, check out our guide 7 of the Coolest Ghost Towns in Arizona! […]

[…] *Related post: If you’re interested in visiting more ghost towns, check out our guide 7 of the Coolest Ghost Towns in Arizona! […]

[…] If you’re interested in visiting more ghost towns, check out our guide 7 of the Coolest Ghost Towns in Arizona. […]

[…] really is one of the most unique ghost towns we’ve ever […]

Leave a Reply Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Notify me of follow-up comments by email.

Notify me of new posts by email.

Copyright © 2024 Simply Wander · Theme by 17th Avenue

Copyright © 2024 · Vivienne on Genesis Framework · WordPress · Log in

IMAGES

  1. 14 Things to Do in Jerome, AZ with Kids ~ Ghost Town Fun for Families

    ghost town near jerome az

  2. 6 Reasons Why Jerome is the Absolute Best Ghost Town in Arizona

    ghost town near jerome az

  3. Jerome, Arizona: Visiting America's Largest Ghost Town

    ghost town near jerome az

  4. The 10 Best Things To Do In Jerome, Awesome Ghost Towns of Arizona

    ghost town near jerome az

  5. Jerome, Arizona: Visiting America's Largest Ghost Town

    ghost town near jerome az

  6. Jerome, Arizona

    ghost town near jerome az

VIDEO

  1. I went back to this ghost town in illinois, things were changed

  2. Rhyolite Ghost Town near Death Valley CA

COMMENTS

  1. The Gold King Mine Ghost Town

    We invite you to visit the Gold King Mine and Ghost Town while visiting Jerome Arizona. The history here is rich and there are stories to be told. It all began in 1890 . . . When they dug a 1270 foot mine shaft, (you can still visit it today) searching for copper, they struck GOLD!

  2. Best Things To Do In Jerome Arizona, A Wicked Ghost Town

    Pinterest Here's my guide to the historic town of Jerome Arizona. It covers all the top attractions and best things to do and see in Jerome. I also give you tips for visiting and options for day trips from Jerome. mountain road on the way to Jerome

  3. Jerome

    Free Travel Guide Jerome, a former copper mining town, is a destination for visitors eager to discover more about the Verde Valley. Explore things to do in historic Jerome.

  4. Jerome Ghost Town: 9 Things to do in Jerome

    So let's dive in! Here are nine things to do in Jerome, ghost town and former wickedest town in the west. Jerome: Ghost Town Jerome State Historic Park This state park features the Douglas Mansion, which was built in 1916 by a family of mining entrepreneurs in Jerome.

  5. Jerome Arizona Ghost Town

    From wickedly wild to wildly artistic. Located high atop Cleopatra Hill between Sedona and Prescott, this historic copper and gold mining town founded in 1876. When gold was discovered in Jerome, miners, gamblers and bad boys of the old west flocked here. Saloons and bawdy houses were the entertainment after a hard days work.

  6. Jerome, Arizona: Visiting America's Largest Ghost Town

    After our overnight stay in the beautiful city of Sedona, we discovered not too far away lay America's largest ghost town - Jerome, Arizona. We were recovering from a previous hike to Devil's Bridge the day before, so a relaxed outing to Jerome sounded perfect to end our trip.

  7. The 10 Best Things To Do In Jerome, Awesome Ghost Towns of Arizona

    Cleopatra Hill Lookout. One of the best views of the city and Cleopatra Hill is from inside the Museum. The lookout point in the courtyard provides panoramic views of the Verde Valley as well as the entire city of Jerome. You are provided with a map and an infograph of all the buildings (past and present). #3.

  8. Gold King Mine Ghost Town

    Swansea Ghost Town One of the best-preserved ghost towns in Arizona speaks to the difficulties of establishing mining towns in the 19th century American West. Oatman, Arizona

  9. Gold King Mine Museum and Ghost Town

    Ghost Towns Closed now 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Write a review About $ 12.00 PER PERSON. This was the little town of Haynes Az . A suburb of (Jerome Billion Dollar Copper Camp). They mined gold here from 1890 to 1914. The mine shaft goes down 1270 ft. You can view it but you can not go down in it.

  10. What To Do In Jerome Arizona The Wickedest Ghost Town

    The town of Jerome, the Sedona ghost town, is believed to be the largest ghost town in the country, and its haunted history makes it a unique stop. If you enjoy ghost town excursions, this is the place for you. The city has an interesting past and learning about it adds to the enjoyment of your visit.

  11. 14 Unique Things to do in Jerome, AZ

    Jerome Arizona is considered America's largest ghost town. Keep reading to discover the best things to do in Jerome, AZ! Simply Wander. curated travel guides to help you wander simply and simply wander. ... Today, Jerome is the largest ghost town in America and is home to a mere 450 residents.

  12. Jerome: Explore an Artsy Ghost Town in Arizona

    In the late 1800s, the mining town of Jerome, Arizona, was dubbed one of the wildest and wickedest towns in America. Drifters, gamblers, professional drinkers, and ladies of the night all sought to get rich quick in the shadow of one of the West's most prosperous copper mines. Business thrived until the 1930s when the Great Depression led to ...

  13. Jerome AZ: A Wicked Good Ghost Town

    Roadtripping to the Grand Canyon? You'll pass through Arizona's Verde Valley near Sedona. If you're looking for something unique and weird, yet still Instagram-worthy, veer off to the historic town of Jerome. It's a quirky ghost town with a shady past and a bright future.

  14. Exploring Jerome, Arizona, which went from mining town to ghost town to

    Perched near the top of Mingus Mountain about 25 miles southwest of Sedona, Jerome makes a fun stop en route to the red rocks, with art galleries and ghost tours, historic sites and funky hotels.

  15. Jerome Is Definitely The Creepiest Ghost Town In Arizona

    Sitting in the middle of the Verde Valley, Jerome today really only has an "honorary" ghost town status. dustin_j_williams/Flickr Jerome currently has a population near 470 people, meaning it is certainly more populated than how one typically views ghost towns.

  16. Top Things to Do in Arizona's Jerome Ghost Town

    A ghost town is actually an abandoned city. Usually, a town becomes a ghost town because the economic activity or activities in the town fail, so people leave for other areas. In Jerome's case, the copper mine closed, leaving the city nearly deserted. Jerome is one of the largest ghost towns in the United States, so it's worth visiting.

  17. Jerome AZ

    Jerome AZ - A Cliff-Side, Mining, Wine-loving, Artist, Ghost Town Jerome, AZ is built on Cleopatra Hill above a vast deposit of copper. The mines, the workers, and those who sought its wealth formed Jerome's history. They were a brave and raucous mix.

  18. Ghost Town Tours

    From $595 4 hours Ghost tour Arizona Ghost Adventure Offered Everyday • Hear the ghosts of Jerome, Cottonwood, and Clarkdale! Book Now Learn More From $595 4 hours Ghost tour Arizona Haunted History Shuttle

  19. 6 Reasons Why Jerome is the Absolute Best Ghost Town in Arizona

    Ghost City Inn Bed & Breakfast. Address: 541 Main St, Jerome, AZ 86331. If a bed and breakfast is more your pace, try the Ghost City Inn Bed & Breakfast. The Ghost City Inn is located just off of Main Street, away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Jerome, Arizona but still boasts the old-time construction.

  20. Jerome, Arizona

    1. Stop at the 'Sliding' Jail 2. Visit the Mine Museum 3. Drop by the House of Joy Brothel 4. Take a Haunted Tour 5. Visit Gold King Mine Where to Stay in Jerome, Arizona How to Get to Jerome Ghost Town A Brief History of Jerome, Arizona

  21. 9 Best Jerome Ghost Tours That Will Spook You

    Jerome, Arizona, is often referred to as a ghost town due to its history and the significant decline in population that it experienced in the past. Jerome was originally a thriving mining town, founded in the late 19th century. It was built on Cleopatra Hill, overlooking the Verde Valley, and became the fourth largest city in Arizona at its peak.

  22. 7 of the Coolest Ghost Towns in Arizona

    What is the scariest ghost town in Arizona? Jerome is arguably the most haunted ghost town in Arizona. It was once considered the 'Wickedest Town in the West' and many of the notorious residents never left! ... What ghost town is near Sedona? Jerome is the closest ghost town to Sedona. It is located about 35 minutes southwest of Sedona. Pin ...

  23. Jerome

    Jerome Arizona: I know I've sent another article about Jerome, but Ghost City on Mingus Mountain, April 1956, Page 11, in Desert Magazine, has some great photos of some remaining denizens of the town. Written by Grover Brinkman. Jerome is located in Yavapai County, on the slopes of Cleopatra Hill. Post office opened on September 10, 1883 and is ...