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.
This hike is listed as One-Way. When you hike several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the