Harquahala Mountain ride, from the town of Aguila, Az. (west of Wickenburg) on hwy 60, we turned south on Eagle Eye road, traveling 18.4 miles turning to the right at the sign of Harquahala By way, staging area. There are placks near the restrooms to learn information about this area.
Historic Harquahala Observatory, 5,681 ft elevation. –10 mi one way, 2 hours
This mountain is the highest peak in the SW corner of Arizona. The name comes from Native Americans- "Aha-qua-hala" meaning " water there is, high up" due to the numerous springs. Volcanic magma rock formed 900 million yrs ago, and the Sonoran desert floor was a shallow sea bed 100 million years ago.
This is a 4 wheel drive road with spectacular views all along the way. There are microwave towers at the top, and old buildings.
After lunch at the top, we took a side trail off to see an old ranching site and a mine. This was a dead end, but fun checking out the area.