Travelogues: Ghost towns and mountain lakes in Arizona's Superstition Mountains

posted on: Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Between a friend in town over the weekend (photos to come in a few days!) and not one but two utterly FABULOUS lady dates last week (seriously, if you live in or visit New York, go have a fancy pants cocktail at Angel's Share in the East Village - you won't regret it though your wallet might) I've just been focusing on other things. You know, those life things that you don't really bring a camera along for or sit down and write about. But it's ok because here I am again! Hi!

So anyway, while we were in Arizona we did a take a day for a bit of touristing. The in-laws live about an hour's drive or so from the Superstition Mountains and having those mountains so close is awful tempting. Our goals that particular day: a real deal ghost town, a beautiful reservoir in the Superstition wilderness in the Tonto National Forest called Canyon Lake and a burger lunch at Tortilla Flat.

First off, the ghost town. You can find the details of Goldfield's history here but for those too lazy, here's a little summary. For five years in the 1890s it was a booming mining town. And then, as happens, the gold ran out and the town was abandoned. In the 1920s someone else tried to revive the town which didn't last long. And then, in the 80s it became the booming and actually pretty awesome tourist attraction that it is now. Cool right?? Check it out.

Afterwards we drove through the windiest road, up into the mountains, to check out the lake. Gorgeous. I mean, really… And look! A shot of Alan and I together. Impressive, right? I know… After admiring the beauty, we drove around the lake and down the mountain to get lunch at Tortilla Flat. My burger could have used a few more slices of green but otherwise it was pretty bomb. Yum!


  1. I love this post. Ghost towns are my favorite place to explore. These photos make me crave a trip out to the west texas ghost towns. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Ohhhh girl, yes indeed. This one was a bit touristy but still super rad. My last time out to West Texas we only hit up Marfa and Fort Davis for a minute but next time…


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