ghost town – Two Guns, AZ

by Kaylah Stroup

Throwing it back to June’s epic road trip again.

No trip to Arizona for us is complete without a stop at Two Guns. I’ve written about how important this place is to me a handful of times so there’s no need to retype that but I do want to share some photos from our latest visit.

Previous posts on Two Guns; that time I got married in a ghost town, our six month anniversary trip back to Two Guns, our wedding ‘rehearsal‘ & my first time in the Apache Death Cave.

It kind of sucks to fall in love with an abandoned place in the middle the desert because… well, it’s almost a guarantee that someday it’ll be destroyed. For as long as this place has been around though, I feel like it’s taken a heck of a beating in the last five years.

I certainly don’t mind graffiti. Generally, I am pro-graffiti but I am anti-people who can’t paint, people who paint dicks, people who paint offensive phrases, people who just make gosh darn messes on cool old buildings, etc. Two Guns is covered in spray paint. Seems like there isn’t a spot of bare building anymore so it’s pretty wild to look back at photos from my older posts and see how ‘untouched’ it looked (despite definitely being painted back then.) I’m most disappointed to see the paint making its way over to the much older ruins.

One of the most striking changes though is the collapse of the ‘Kamp’ building. It had been looking pretty rough for a long time but it was definitely a strange feeling to see it collapsed. Just a year earlier I had taken photos of my brother on the upper floor, waving from the window! Shoot, just a year earlier I had wedding photos taken in there! I’m curious if it’ll continue to fall or sit like it is now, roof on top of the rubble, for a while.

Apache Death Cave. Two Guns, Arizona
Inside the Apache Death Cave. Can’t help but feeling like that coolest cat ever knowing that I was in this cave in a wedding dress.
Two Guns, Arizona
Two Guns, Arizona
Two Guns, Arizona

Hopefully our next visit to Two Guns will be in the school bus with my family. I think I’ve got everyone on board at this point, it’s just a matter of getting the bus done and making plans. I get goosebumps thinking about being there with my family again. And to actually camp there? YES, PLEASE!

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Until next time, Two Guns! xoxo

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Alyse bailey August 11, 2019 - 10:08 am

Wow. That collapsed building is incredible. Never been one for exploring abandoned places before, but I feel like I always get a taste of it when you put up a post! I think I’ll go searching around my area for something old and cool to take photos of…

Kaylah Stroup August 17, 2019 - 9:02 am

Good luck! 🙂

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FRANK August 13, 2020 - 10:30 pm

Sad to see the deterioration at Two Guns. When my daughter and I passed through on a 2013 road trip, the KOA was standing, of course, and the gas station had little or no graffiti and was not torn up. At the time, we could not get to the old ruins — or more accurately decided not to. As we approached that area, we saw a very old and tired looking RV parked there. We weren’t sure if it was abandoned or was another tourist. Then a very scruffy looking man emerged. Something about him gave the impression that he was, at least at that moment, standing guard over the ruins. We decided not to get close enough to have to interact with him (or find out he had a shotgun), took some photos at maximum zoom, and left.

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