Copper Road

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Copper Road begins in Mayer, Arizona. Driving towards Mayer, you will likely notice the 129.5-foot brick smokestack. The tower is 400 feet east of the turn onto Copper Road. The tower and Copper Road are linked in history. The tower was part of a planned smelter for copper mines in the local area. The well-maintained Copper Road goes north out of Mayer towards several old copper mines. The mines' production was rather sparse, and thus the smelter was abandoned before it was completed. Today's true riches at the end of Copper Road is water, not copper. The road ends shortly after crossing the Agua Fria River. Reliable water in Arizona is rare and riparian areas are treasured. You can camp, splash, and picnic along the Agua Fria. But you will need to fork over some copper, silver, or gold before doing so. The State of Arizona requires cash for a permit to enjoy the area.