Oatman

oatman-01While your enjoying your off road adventure visit Oatman, a former mining town, which is located on historic Route 66. With a population of less than 200 and a dozen wild burros, it looks something like a Hollywood set from a wild wild west movie. The group of wild burros visits daily to munch on carrots that local shopkeepers are all too happy to sell. While your there, stop in one of the many Antique shops for a souvenir. You can also grab a bite to eat at the old Oatman Hotel where you will find thousands of dollar bills posted to the wall by visitors. Local characters stage a gunfight on Main Street at high noon and donate the proceeds to the Shriners Hospital for Children. They’re available afterward for photographs.

 


Moss Mine Trail

This short spur trail leads along a rutty trail to the remains of the Moss Mine. The major attraction is the mine, which has some interesting ruins of stone buildings, many adits and shafts, and a steel headframe. The ruins make an excellent subject for photographers. There are many side trails leading from Moss Mine and along some of the washes, and a keen explorer will be able to find one of several different routes through to Mossback Wash Trail. Special Attractions: Extensive remains of Moss Mine; Access to a network of other 4WD trails; Can be combined with Mossback Wash Trail and Thumb Butte Trail to make a fullday tour. Side by Side  vehicles are preferred, but any high-clearance vehicle is acceptable. Expect a rough road surface; mud and sand are possible but will be easily passable. You may encounter rocks up to 6 inches in diameter, a loose road surface, and shelf roads, though these will be wide enough for passing or will have adequate pull-offs.