I had Good Friday off so the wife and I finally took our SE AZ tour. We drove on as much dirt as possible but it was mostly long dirt roads. We drove to Florence and took Florence-Kelvin Hwy over to 177 and down to Winkleman. On our way to Mammoth we detoured and did the Tucson Wash trail in the Wells trail book. It was a fun sandy wash with a side trail to a nice high view of the surrounding area. We then took Reddington Rd to Cascabel Rd to Benson and on to Hotel Gadsden in Douglas. The hotel is historic, and haunted, with a beautiful grand staircase, restaurant and bar. Saturday we drove to the monument and hiked around a bit. We then took Pinery Canyon Rd to Rustlers Park. The park was closed due to a recent fire. We proceeded east and came out through Cave Creek Canyon and into NM to catch Hwy 80 back to Douglas for another night at the Gadsden. Turned out to be a pretty fun trip. It's always nice to go somewhere new.
The Hotel Gadsden is quite a place. That's where I always stayed when I went down to the Douglas TV station for Univision. It looks like they removed the Tiffany stained glass windows though.
The windows are still there above the staircase.
Did you stay at the Copper Queen and take the mine tour in Bisbee? I always liked going to Bisbee. The Douglas TV transmitter is up on mule mountain on a dirt road that's just to the right just after you come out of the tunnel north bound. There are three houses up there where people live completely off the grid.
We did both (and the Ghost Tour in the CQ) when we were there. It is a cool little town.
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We've done the CQ mine tour and stayed at the hotel in the John Wayne room. We go down there about once a year on the motorcycle but this was the first time in the Jeep.
I've done that S Reddington road from Mammoth to Cascabel and Pomerene and then Benson before. Just a graded road, but awesome country. There's a ton of mesquite to be cut near Mammoth, or there was some 12 or so years ago. Been up in the Chiricahua NM as well, Beautiful.
BTW all your pictures are missing now.
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