Ghost Town Loop

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4.1/5 (15 reviews)
Patagonia, Arizona (Santa Cruz County)
Last Updated: 05/19/2022
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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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4.1/5 (15)
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Rated 3/5
Visited: 10/28/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

The fall colors are really awesome right now. You will not need 4wd on this trail. It's super easy and scenic. Great rides for family that wants to see Arizona backcountry. Ghost Town Loop has a lotta loop and not much Ghost Town. Harshaw Township is closed to the public. Everything else that is visible is on private land and viewable from a road you share with other cars. Getting out and walking around isn't really an option. The landscape is awesome though. If you go into this for the vistas and consider the ghost town a bonus, I think it's a better mindset. The roads are easy and well maintained by the mining company. You will have to share the road with bicyclists and hunters. The second have of the loop is just easy driving through the countryside grasslands. It's a super easy trail.
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1500
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Rated 4/5
Visited: 02/25/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Fun road, heads up for cycling clubs, border patrol and postal carriers
Trail Review: Ghost Town Loop - NW Nomad
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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
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19000
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:
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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 Black
Trail Review: Ghost Town Loop - Thad Black
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