This roughly graded road leads the traveler past many mining remains of the historic Copper Creek Mining District situated on the west side of the rocky Galiuro Mountains. The trail, which starts in Mammoth, climbs gradually up the gently sloping bajada to the edge of the range. As you climb, there are panoramic views back to the west over the San Pedro River Valley to the Santa Catalina Mountains. The large open pit mine at San Manuel (closed in July 1999) can also be seen.
Special Attractions: Extremely challenging, rough, rocky trail; Ruins of the 20-room Sibley Mansion; Remains of the Bluebird Mine. High-clearance vehicles are preferred, but not necessary. This trail is dirt roads, but may have rocks, grades, water crossings, or ruts that make clearance a concern in a normal passenger vehicle. The trail is fairly wide, so that passing is possible at almost any point along the trail. Mud is not a concern under normal weather conditions.
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