Now that we are settled into our campground and workamping jobs, it was time to explore. Our friends told us they were going to head to Castle Dome and had asked us if we wanted to go. We were in.
To get into Castle Dome you will look for mile marker 55 and turn right just before it. The first 3 miles of the road leading in is paved but after that, it’s all dirt. 7 miles of dirt as a matter of fact. The dirt road while a little bumpy is not too bad. Any type of car should be able to navigate this road.
Castle Dome is an example of a town that was once larger than Yuma. The old tattered buildings of this mining town are laid out with incredible detail. If you plan to visit between May 1st and September, they recommend you call ahead for the hours of operation. October 14th- April 30th they are open 7 days a week.
There cost to enter is $15 per person for adults, $7 for kids between the ages of 7-11, and kids under 7 are free. and if you pay with a credit card you will be charged an extra $2. There is no place to buy food or water so bring your own. There are a few different areas with restrooms.
The layout of the main area is almost circular so you can start at one end and make your way around. It has everything you would expect to see in an old western town including a bank, jail, bar, etc. If you rush through this section you could probably be out in under an hour. We like to take our time, take pictures, read history, and have some fun while we visit places so we were there a bit longer.
There is another section besides the main section. You can walk over to it or drive and park in a different area and walk. This section had a lot of old mines and mining equipment. It also included the sleeping quarters of the workers and the Dr’s office. There are pit toilets in this section.
All in all, we had a great day out with our friends here. If you are in the area and like the old west kind of stuff this is a great stop.
Date Of Visit: November 8th, 2018
Entry Fee: $15 p/person