This site has or plans to support, maps to ghost towns in the Western states, including:

  • New Mexico
  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • California
  • Nevada
  • Utah
  • Idaho
  • Oregon
  • Washington
  • Wyoming
  • Montana

Sometimes it’s only a few old tin cans and some faint hand-stacked foundations, sometimes it’s a whole sprawling collection of old adobes spread out and still baking in the desert sun, or a few rugged wooden structures high in the pines, still sanding after yet another brutal winter snowpack; these are but a few of the possibilites when considering what you may encounter in when you track down a real ghost town. In any event, these historic locations give you a window into long-gone ways of life, and provide for unique photo opportunities and personal exploration. Photos are especially important to take in a ghost town or when you stumble across a far-flung old habitation or structure, for the forces of time are relentless, andĀ things fade far faster than you might think, never to be seen again. Tread lightly and respect the remains you may encounter, for they can’t be replicated or replaced in just the same way ever again.

Some ghost towns shown in the maps may be “partial” ghost towns: those with a few remaining (most often, new and out-of-state) residents, or may be roadsign or “official” type places (definitely not the main focusĀ of this site), or be on private or anti-human-regulated public land that is not accessible. In any event, the final details of all that and how to get there are up to you, so enjoy the adventure!

Additional resources related to ghost town hunting are planned, including:

  • Post office records for finding ghost towns
  • Stage and Mail Route maps for finding ghost towns