Ghost Town Loop

4.2/5 (13 reviews)
Patagonia, Arizona (Santa Cruz County)
Last Updated: 05/19/2022
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Trail Information

Highlights

The Ghost town loop is one of the most iconic and scenic day trips in Southern Arizona. If you love history, and really want to get a feel for what the old west must have been like, this is the trail for you. The 45-mile loop road travels through five ghost towns in various states of preservation with marvelous riparian areas, flowing grasslands, and scenic mountain vistas. If you are looking for some free camping, this overland route does not disappoint. There are numerous roadside dispersed camping spots with plenty of shade. Some are creekside and others near historic spots. The area has been rich in history from the time of the Civil War when Lt. Mowry sold bullets to the Confederacy to the 1970s when hippies in Harshaw defied the US Forest service who wanted them out. For a short description of the history to be found out on this loop, print this and bring it with you: Ghost Town Loop History

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Trail Reviews

4.2/5 (13 reviews)
Jim Long
Official Crew
15500
Status: Open
Visited: 05/19/2022

According to Inciweb - the Road should now be open, as no closures are listed Inciweb San Raphael Fire Info Parts that could be impacted are in the photo
Trail Review: Ghost Town Loop - Jim Long
Jim Long
Official Crew
15500
Status: Partially Open
Visited: 05/08/2022

https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/8100/ San Raphael fire pretty much involves WP 20 THROUGH WP 30.
5/9/22:
Status: Open
Rated 3/5
Visited: 04/21/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Pretty neat way to see some historical sites. Nothing particularly challenging about the trail but it has beautiful scenery along the way!
Trail Review: Ghost Town Loop - Thad B
Trail Review: Ghost Town Loop - Thad B
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Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 04/10/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

I enjoyed this one! Very nice scenery and historic places. The road was maintained very well.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 02/26/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

A trail that has a great mix of scenery and history! Be sure to download the Ghost Town Loop History for additional information to make the trip even more interesting. We stopped at the Harshaw Cemetery and found the notes on the gravesites discussing the history of these pioneers fascinating. The Locheil School was worth a look. You are definitely right on the border in that town. The final part of the trip through the grasslands is a nice way to finish the day. The roads were all in great shape, no worries for almost any vehicle.

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