Swansea Ghost Town, AZPrint Full | Basic
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Distance One Way 0 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,282 feet
Interest Off Trail Hiking, Ruins & Historic
Author Unregistered
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Trips 248 map ( 429 miles )
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Rated Viewed All Mine Friends
11  2010-04-15 gummo
8  2009-08-29 gummo
11  2008-07-18 gummo
9  2006-04-22 gummo
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Wilderness Swansea
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Nearby Hikes Area Water Sources
direct air miles away to trailhead
11.8  Camp Bouse
14.9  Alamo Lake BM Loop
14.9  Bill Williams River Gorge
15.8  Alamo Lake State Park Campground
16.5  The Labyrinth / Main Boulder
17.0  Bill Williams River NWR
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     Black-tailed Rattlesnake
     Desert Iguana
     Desert Tortoise
     Gila Monster
     Gopher Snake
     Honey Bee
     Long-nosed snake
     Mojave Rattlesnake
     Night Snake
     Speckled Rattlesnake
     Wildlife Handling and Feeding

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Swansea is a small ghost town in La Paz County in the U.S. state of Arizona. It was settled around 1909 in what was then the Arizona Territory. It served as a mining town as well as a location for processing and smelting the copper ore taken from the nearby mines.

The dirt road to Swansea is beautiful and well marked (at least it was last time I was there) with a variety of ocotillo and small cacti. In spring, Swansea is overran by desert iguanas. In 2008, workers fixed up the houses to be more stable. Lots of snakes inhabit this area, including speckled rattlesnakes, sidewinders, gopher snakes, coachwhips, and patchnosed snakes. There are signs up that indicate that mountain lions roam the area. The road to Alamo Lake is very rough and not recommended without a 4x4 high clearance vehicle. There is a small road with a sign that indicates that The Bill Williams River is 10 miles away. The road is small and is more conducive to ATV travel, rather than jeep or 4x4 travel.

Swansea is void of people in the summer and attracts RVs and campers in the cooler months.


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    Sunrise7:35am Sunset5:28pm
    Road / VehicleFR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay
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