Your crew has been rustling up trouble all across the desert, robbing banks and eluding Sheriff Oaty. But alas, the old sheriff finally wrangled up the gang and has thrown you in the Oatman Jail. However, there may be hope for a jailbreak with a little help from the crooked deputy, but you’ll have to steal back all of the confiscated loot and give him his cut before he’ll let you leave.
If you think you are clever enough to crack through the sheriff’s codes, jump into this jailbreak game at Oatman’s latest attraction, the Oatman Jailbreak Escape Room. Less than a year old, this escape room has been drawing patrons from far and wide with its Old West allure and compelling puzzles.
The owner, Carol Yuhasz, said her son Dillon Yuhasz came up with the idea for an escape room and all of the clues.
“Most escape rooms are kits, but we already owned the building and my son did all of the puzzles,” Yuhasz said. “We wanted to make it very authentic, so it took some work but we came in as a family and finished it in a week.”
The attraction is indeed authentic, consisting of three rooms set up as a jail and sheriff’s office. After some quick instruction, players are lead upstairs where the game begins. They are given 40 minutes to unlock a series of doors and compartments to find five bags of “money.” You may think this sounds like an easy task, but there are several decoys to lead you astray.
Critical thinking is imperative to solve all of the tests presented before you — finding keys, figuring out combinations, and searching for clues amongst several strategically placed artifacts.
It truly takes some time and teamwork to decipher each riddle, and 40 minutes can fly by quicker than you think. Teams of two-six people are suggested, and any age may participate and will enjoy the challenge. Children 10 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
Once you have figured out each key, you can appreciate the time and thought that was given to create the puzzles as well. Each one is completely different from the next and requires a variety of skills.
Not every escape room doubles as a treasure hunt, and that is what makes this Oatman Jailbreak special. The backstory and Western costumes they provide to dress the part of the bank robbers adds even more fun.
Guests are never actually locked in the jail, they are free to leave or take breaks at any time. Each group is also given a two-way radio to correspond with the “deputy” downstairs, who will give clues if you are stuck.
The escape room is open daily from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and reservations are suggested to secure your desired time slot. Visit oatmanjailbreak.com or call 805-570-8050 to book a reservation. The cost is $20 per person, with a $50 minimum per group; kids 10 and under play for free.
The room is available to rent for parties and team builders as well. Groups may rent the room for several rounds of the jailbreak game or it can be rented without the game setup to just enjoy the Old West atmosphere and views of downtown Oatman from the second story. There is an option to add on an ice cream party across the street at Olive Oatman Restaurant & Saloon, also owned by Yuhasz.
Whether you are going for ice cream or a meal, the restaurant is a great option in Oatman. Open daily from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., they have a full breakfast (served until 11 a.m.) and lunch menu with omelets, biscuits and gravy, chicken fried steak, burgers and more. Their specialty is the Navajo taco made with delicious Indian fry bread — it’s definitely worth a visit!
You may travel to Oatman for the wild burros and gunfights, but this new escape room is offering an exciting and modern form of entertainment while preserving the Old West charm that continues to make the old mining town a must-see destination. You won’t want to head off into the sunset without first finding out if your crew can make a break for it with the stolen loot!