March 28, 2016

Palace Station, Bradshaw Mountains near Crown King, Az

35 miles

  We drove north of Peeples Valley, Az, to Wagoner Road.  Turning East, this is a gravel road for a mile, then it is tar. We drove in 9.1 miles, crossing the Hassayampa River and passing beautiful ranches. We turned Left on Crooks Canyon Road, in a quarter mile,  stage at the wash or the next pull off to park and stay out of the way, as this road is busy with traffic.  We headed out staying on the NF marker # 94C. We passed thru a great sandstone valley with a view of Battleship Butte.

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Then you are traveling over huge rolling hills full of scrub brush, yet there’s views to see. We made it to the pine trees for lunch.

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  Then headed on to Palace Station, on Bodie Mine Rd.  A cabin built in 1874 By Spence Family.  It is the oldest structures in Arizona, it served as a stage station on the Senator Trail from Prescott to Phoenix until 1910.   At this point you hit the Senator Highway ( this is NOT  a highway, more like a 4x4 dirt road) and Walker Road. Crown King is 24  mi and Prescott is  15 mi.

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We returned another route, passing numerous other trails, crossing over creeks and trying to find the larges cottonwood tree.


1 comment:

  1. Wow, I want to come along next time. Looks like you all had great fun.


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