Mineral Wash

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As the paved Shea Road ends, the dirt Mineral Wash Road begins with a large staging area. The early portion of the trail is graded with scenic views of the Buckskin Mountains, large inviting campsites, and small spur trails to explore. There are small cavettes eroded into the whimsical brown mudstone hills beside the road. The trail drops into the narrow, winding, sandy Mineral Wash with its colorful rock walls. The track passes Mineral Wash Mine and a slot canyon wide enough to drive through. The road deadends in the Bill Williams National Wildlife Refuge near the Bill Williams River. Neither camping nor campfires are allowed in the Refuge. An old water pump and power poles that once supported area mines now seem oddly out of place.