Railroad Canyon Trail

Bouse, Arizona

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This short trail follows part of the railroad grade from Bouse to Swansea. The train operated from 1910 to 1937, transporting workers, copper ore, and supplies to and from Swansea. Special Attractions: Final section of historic railroad grade from Bouse to Swansea; Can be driven as part of a loop drive from Swansea. High-clearance 4WDs are preferred, but any high-clearance vehicle is acceptable. Expect a rough road surface; mud and sand are possible but will be easily passable. You may encounter rocks up to 6 inches in diameter, a loose road surface, and shelf roads, though these will be wide enough for passing or will have adequate pull-offs.

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"This short trail follows part of the railroad grade from Bouse to Swansea. The train operated from 1910 to 1937, transporting workers, copper ore, and supplies to and from Swansea. Special Attractions: Final section of historic railroad grade from Bouse to Swansea; Can be driven as part of a loop drive from Swansea.

High-clearance 4WDs are preferred, but any high-clearance vehicle is acceptable. Expect a rough road surface; mud and sand are possible but will be easily passable. You may encounter rocks up to 6 inches in diameter, a loose road surface, and shelf roads, though these will be wide enough for passing or will have adequate pull-offs."

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Bouse
Distance: 4.1
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 30 minutes
Season: Year-round, best November to April
Trailhead Elevation: 1,400 feet
Top Elevation: 1,600 feet
Local Maps: USGS Swansea, Alamo Lake; BLM Alamo Lake
Driving Directions: Directions to Railroad Canyon Trail

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May 2018