Swansea Townsite Railroad Trail

La Paz County, Arizona

Elevation Gain98ft
Trailhead Elevation1,298ft
Elevation Min/Max1248/1311ft
Elevation Start/End1298/1298ft

Swansea Townsite Railroad Trail

Swansea Townsite Railroad Trail is a hiking trail in La Paz County, Arizona. It is 0.5 miles long and begins at 1,298 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 98 feet. The trail ends near the Railroad Depot Overlook viewpoint. This trail connects with the following: Swansea Townsite Walking Tour.

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"When combined with part of the graded gravel Lincoln Ranch Road and Railroad Canyon Trail, this trail makes a complete loop. The trail runs through some wild and rugged country south of the Bill Williams River, coming within 0.1 miles of the river at the apex of the trail. The trail is marked from Swansea as going to the Swansea Pumping Plant, a spur trail (Swansea Pumping Plant Trail), which leads off the main loop trail. The trail is well formed and easy to follow. It has some scrabbly sections and some moderately steep grades as it descends to cross through a large wash; but it is well within the capabilities of most high-clearance 4WDs.

Special Attractions: The Bill Williams River; Spectacular views to the Rawhide Mountains; Access to a network of 4WD trails. 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."

"This short trail runs down an extremely pretty canyon to the Bill Williams River and the site of the Swansea Pumping Plant. The pump supplied Swansea with water from the Bill Williams River. The trail’s main difficulty comes from a loose, moderately steep descent down to the wash and then the very deep gravel in the wash that runs down to the river. In hotter weather especially, watch engine temperatures on the return trip when you are climbing up the wash. Special Attractions: Historic Swansea Pumping Plant; Scenic trail in deep red-walled canyon; Access to the Bill Williams River.

High-clearance 4WDs are recommended, though most stock SUVs are acceptable. Expect a rough road surface with rocks larger than 6 inches, but there will be a reasonable driving line available. Patches of mud are possible but can be readily negotiated; sand may be deep and require lower tire pressures. There may be stream crossings up to 12 inches deep, substantial sections of single-lane shelf road, moderate grades, and sections of moderately loose road surface."

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Trail Information

La Paz County
Nearby City
USGS Swansea, Alamo Lake; BLM Alamo Lake
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Oct 2018