Destination Oatman

Whether zipping along Route 66 or navigating Jackass Junction, drive slowly and defensively: The burros should be regarded as animals that can appear out of nowhere and make for dangerous driving. (Image courtesy of

Nestled in the northwest corner of Arizona, the tiny town of Oatman is bursting at the seams with character, Wild West history – and a bevy of benevolent burros.

While the diminutive donkeys (descended from gold miners’ beasts of burden) might appear as relics of a bygone era, they not only roam freely but also outnumber humans in this remote, rugged wilderness.

It is not unusual to spy dozens of the world-famous Oatman burros wandering the streets, nudging tourists for treats and otherwise delighting folks from far and wide with their gentle dispositions.

Giddyap, and give the burros a wide berth.

– Hannah Van Sickle, The Arizona 100