The Vulture Mine is a ghost town in the true sense. There are no souvenir shops, the buildings are delapidated & there is some real history here.
Discovered by Henry Wickenburg in 1863, Vulture was one of the richest gold mines yielding $15/ ton. By 1870 there were 200 inhabitants. Eighteen of Vulture City’s former residents swung at the end of a hangman’s noose dangling from the branches of the ancient ironwood tree that still thrives next to the ruins of Henry Wickenburg’s old cabin.
The mine is privately owned. You are asked to give a $10 "donation" per person for admission. I did read some Internet postings where others wer asked to pay $7, so I supposed it's subjective. Just one it's quirky charms. My 7-year old was free. The admission buys you a self-guided walking tour map.
You can enter some of the buildings. Others are taped off because they are too dilapidated & unsafe to enter. This is NOT stroller-friendly. Make sure the kids are able to walk on their own and follow directions. Since the town has not been "tourist-ized" there are a lot of potentially unsafe places - rotting floors, unstable walls, broken glass, debris, etc. Wear closed toed shoes, hats & lots of sunscreen.
There are lots of cool places to inspect & photograph. There are also lots of original tools, bed frames, tin ceiling tiles, equipment, etc. just laying around. Please be respectful & don't take anything out with you.
There is no address or GPS landmarks. Quite simply, go south on Vulture Mine Road from Highway 60 for approximately 12 miles. The entrance is on your right & is very clearly marked with flags & signs. Proceed up the dirt road to the parking area & "house" on your left where you will pay your admission & get your map.
I have read various postings regarding inconsistent operating hours. I suggest calling first. Their phone number is 602-859-2743. The summer months (mid-May through September) are probably best to avoid due to the extreme heat & lack of shade.