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Agua Caliente Road Professional Review and Guide
"This wide graded road allows passenger vehicles to travel through some spectacular desert scenery on a seldom-used trail. The road passes across a wide plain toward the Gila Bend Mountains. It winds within the mountain range, passing the prominent Fourth of July Butte and Yellow Medicine Butte. There are a few old mines located along the trail. One of the closest, the remains of the Dixie Mine, is only 0.1 miles north of the graded road. Little is left except some deep shafts, concrete foundations, and tailings piles. For rock hounds, some nice specimens of pale banded agate can be found scattered in the region of Fourth of July Butte. Special Attractions: Robbins Butte Wildlife Area; Easy trail located close to Phoenix; Gillespie Dam. 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)."
--Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson, Backcountry Adventures: Arizona (Adler Publishing ).
Our first family drive. The second half was definitely prettier. We also stopped by the cemetery and attempted to find the hot springs on the way out, but we were unsuccessful.
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