Palo Verde Mine

Yucca, Arizona (Mohave County)

Last Updated: 01/06/2022
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Highlight: Palo Verde Mine
The Palo Verde Mine backcountry road originated in the early 1900s around the same time the National Old Trails Road was in use connecting the east and west coast, also known as the Ocean to Ocean Highway. Palo Verde Mine trail is about an hour north of Lake Havasu and also runs within five Meteorite strewn fields; Buck Mountain, Franconia, Palo Verde, Buck Mountain Wash, and Dutch Flat. As the dirt road gently climbs to the Buck Mountains, the vegetation density increases along with the seasonally blooming Cactus, Ocotillos, and wildflowers. Once in the Buck Mountains, there are several great spots to park and take in the view over the valley towards the Colorado River. The Buck Mountains are a great area to escape the city lights and see the uninterrupted clear night sky. Bring a metal detector or just your eyes and a rare earth magnet to hunt for meteorites!


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1. Palo Verde Mine Trailhead ( mi)
Head south on Buck Mountain Road from waypoint 7 of National Old Trails Road.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: From Interstate 40, 13 miles east of the Arizona State Line and the Colorado River, turn south off the highway onto Franconia Road.

Head South two miles on Franconia Road to National Old Trails Road and turn Left (East). Continue east two miles to Palo Verde Mine Trailhead.



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Cory W

Mapping Crew - Arizona and Montana

Cory grew up traveling the logging roads outside Durango, CO with his dad for his woodcutting business and fell in love with everything about the outdoors. He's moved around a lot since then, from several rural areas of Southern California to Montana, Wyoming to Arizona, even living on a commercial gold mine in Nevada in for several years. In all these areas he has explored several thousand miles of old dirt roads and trails, as well as many old mines and ghost towns. Located in the Mohave Desert of AZ in the winter and the Madison River Valley of MT in the summer.
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