Swansea Road

Bouse, Arizona

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This road offers easy access into a remote and highly scenic area of southwestern Arizona. Swansea town site at the end of the trail should be on every ghost town aficionado’s list of places to visit. The town site is extensive and well preserved, with many buildings and mine remains. The wide road is graded gravel all the way and suitable for passenger vehicles in dry weather. The major hazards are patches of soft road and a couple of loose, deep sand traps that are impassable in wet weather. The road can also be washboardy. It leaves Bouse and follows close to the line of the old Bouse to Swansea railroad. The railroad property is closed to vehicles, but a keen eye will be able to see the old grade where it crosses the road on a couple of occasions. Special Attractions: Extensive remains of the buildings and mines of Swansea town site; Access to and views of the sand dunes of the East Cactus Plain Wilderness Area; Access to a network of 4WD and ATV trails; Remote, lightly traveled trail through rugged desert scenery. This trail is graded dirt but suitable for a normal passenger vehicle. It usually has gentle grades, is fairly wide, and has very shallow water crossings (if any).

Swansea Road Professional Review and Guide

"This road offers easy access into a remote and highly scenic area of southwestern Arizona. Swansea town site at the end of the trail should be on every ghost town aficionado’s list of places to visit. The town site is extensive and well preserved, with many buildings and mine remains. The wide road is graded gravel all the way and suitable for passenger vehicles in dry weather. The major hazards are patches of soft road and a couple of loose, deep sand traps that are impassable in wet weather.

The road can also be washboardy. It leaves Bouse and follows close to the line of the old Bouse to Swansea railroad. The railroad property is closed to vehicles, but a keen eye will be able to see the old grade where it crosses the road on a couple of occasions. Special Attractions: Extensive remains of the buildings and mines of Swansea town site; Access to and views of the sand dunes of the East Cactus Plain Wilderness Area; Access to a network of 4WD and ATV trails; Remote, lightly traveled trail through rugged desert scenery. This trail is graded dirt but suitable for a normal passenger vehicle. It usually has gentle grades, is fairly wide, and has very shallow water crossings (if any)."

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Bouse
Distance: 24.6
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Year-round, best November to April
Trailhead Elevation: 900 feet
Top Elevation: 1,900 feet
Local Maps: USGS Bouse, Bouse Hills West, Powerline Well, Planet, Swansea, Blythe, Salome, Alamo Lake; BLM Blythe, Salome, Alamo Lake
Driving Directions: Directions to Swansea Road

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May 2018