The Gold King Mine was once Haynes, Arizona. In 1890, the Haynes Copper Company dug a 1,200 foot shaft. The company was in search of copper, but that wasn’t what they found. Instead, they found gold. When the gold dried up the town was abandoned.
Today, you will find many interesting sights and activities at the mine. When you arrive you will go through the gift shop and on into the mine area. You may take a walk in the mine and see demonstrations of antique mining equipment. There are displays of antique trucks and a tractor collection. Visitors will see the world’s largest gas engines. If you are interested in gold panning, there are lessons given for a fee. The kids will enjoy the petting zoo.
The Gold King Mine and Ghost Town is open everyday from 9:00 to 5:00 pm. Admission is $3.00 for adults, $2.00 for children 6 to 12 and $2.50 for seniors over 65 years of age. There is parking ample and restroom facilities available. If you would like more information on the mine, you may call 520-634-0053.
You can get to the Gold King Mine and Ghost Town from Jerome by traveling one mile north of Jerome on State Highway 89A to Perkinsville on Forest Road 72. If you are coming from Phoenix or Tucson you will take Interstate 17 north out of town. When you get to the town of Camp Verde, you will exit and take State Highway 260 northwest through several small towns and on up into Jerome. Continue through the town and proceed one mile past Jerome toward Perkinsville on Forest Road 72. You will see signs for the mine. If you are coming from Flagstaff, you will take State Highway 89A southwest. Continue through the town of Sedona and proceed one mile past Jerome toward the town of Perkinsville on Forest Road 72. You will see signs for the mine.