Family Road Trip: Cyanide Springs Ghost Town, AZ

Before heading to the Grand Canyon National Park, my two brothers Sean, Steven, and I decided to make a stop at Cyanide Springs Ghost Town in Chloride, Arizona. The old west town was so empty, fun, yet creepy as we walked around looking at the Dead Ass Saloon, the jail, a museum, and all the historic buildings from 1899. The town is located 23 miles north west of Kingman and Route 66 and can be used as a movie set. There used to be gun shows but due to COVID, events have been placed on hold but a calendar is available, in case things resume. Below are some photos from our visit along with some helpful travel tips, in case you want to visit.

Location address: 4920 Elkhart Ave, Chloride, AZ 86431

On our way to Cyanide Springs, it was raining and then snowing. The air was brisk and bone chilling yet we managed to explore the area and take photos inside the buildings within this little town. Some of the structures definitely needed repairs. 

We parked across the street from Yesterday's Steakhouse Saloon & Hotel, which was closed. Apparently, you can stay in the roadside hotel, which serves hearty meals. 

Chloride, AZ maintains a calendar of events including ping pong competitions, card games, Veterans' free dinner, and women's pool. 

What I learned while at Cyanide Springs. (I transcribed the following plaque): 

The Arizona and Utah/Western Arizona Railway

Originally built in 1899 as the Arizona and Utah Railway, this short line reached almost 25 miles from the siding at McConnico on the Santa Fe to the White Hills. In 1904, a storm washed out much of the route. In 1905, the Santa Fe acquired the right of way and created the Western Arizona Railway over the same route. This railroad served the mines in the Chloride area, as well as mines in nearby Eldorado Canyon in Nevada. In 1910, the Western Arizona was completed to Chloride proper, and served the community until 1931. Though it was considered for expansion to bring supplies to the Hoover Dam project, the distance was too far and the railway was abandoned. 

Dedicated this 2nd day of October, 2011

By the Lost Dutchman and Queho Posse Chapters of E Clampus Vitus in Cooperation with the Chloride Historical Society, and the people of Chloride, AZ

The old jail was built in 1919 and served Chloride for about 30 years and closed down in 1950. The jail was home to drunken miners and cowboys. 

Cyanide Springs Ghost Town Travel Tips

Research and Plan: 

Before visiting Cyanide Springs Ghost Town in Chloride, Arizona, research its history and accessibility. It's a lesser-known destination, so plan your trip carefully.

Suitable Transportation: 

Access to Cyanide Springs may require a high-clearance vehicle or even 4WD, depending on road conditions. Check ahead and prepare accordingly.

Safety Precautions: 

Be cautious exploring abandoned structures and rusty remnants. Watch your step, especially around old mine shafts and unstable buildings.

Bring Supplies: 

Chloride is a small town, so bring water, snacks, and any necessary supplies before heading to Cyanide Springs.

Respect the Environment: 

Leave no trace behind and respect the historical integrity of the site. Avoid removing artifacts or damaging structures.

Explore Nearby Attractions: 

Chloride and its surroundings offer additional points of interest, including murals, historic buildings, and scenic drives.

Capture the Experience: 

Bring a camera to document your visit, but remember to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of this eerie yet intriguing ghost town.

 Watch these informative videos about Chloride, AZ by Kirk Slack: 

A Living Ghost Town

This little town is a great stop if you're going to be visiting Arizona. So much mining history and we loved that it was so empty. 

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