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Sundad Ghost Town, AZ

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Difficulty 0.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance One Way 1.25 miles
Trailhead Elevation 967 feet
Elevation Gain 60 feet
Accumulated Gain 100 feet
Avg Time One Way 1.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 1.58
Interest Ruins & Historic
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Oatman Massacre / Fourr Cemetery
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18  2015-03-30 kingsnake
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Oatman-Sundad-Aqua Caliente
Author kingsnake
author avatar Guides 78
Routes 169
Photos 7,563
Trips 616 map ( 5,729 miles )
Age 57 Male Gender
Location Sunnyslope, PHX
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Preferred   Jan, Dec, Feb, Nov
Sun  7:17am - 6:18pm
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Eagletail Peak
Eagletail Peak
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Sears Point Petroglyph Sites
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The Hills Have Eyes
by kingsnake

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There's not much information on Sundad available on the internet, but it was established as a tuberculosis sanitarium in the 1920s. With TB being highly contagious, the distance from Phoenix kept healthy folks safe, while it was felt the dry, warm, air would be beneficial to the patients. The sanitarium did not last long. In more recent decades, it has been a party spot for off roaders. That is not as bad as it sounds, and is actually quite cool, as they have turned the rocks and many bottles into interesting rock art designs. (Just look at sat view!) "Sundad" is spelled out several times, and there are circles, diamonds, wheels, flowers, sunrises, arrows, and many other designs. Pretty cool!

Watch your step: Lots of nails as well.

As with many places in Arizona, it almost goes without saying, there was also mining in the area. Not sure when that started & ended, but it could be around the same time as the sanitarium as there are cement tanks next to the two shafts I found, as well as many prospects. Not sure what a cement tank would be doing up hill from a shaft? Unusual.

The entire Sundad site is about 500 yards south-to-north, and maybe 100 yards wide.

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2015-03-31 kingsnake

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    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Map Drive
    FR / Jeep Road - Car possible when dry

    To hike
    From Gila Bend ... head west on I-10 to the Sentinel exit. Go north on Agua Calliente Rd for 14.5 miles. Turn east on Hyder Rd for 2.25 miles. Turn north on 555th Ave for 4.5 miles. Turn east on Lahman Rd, which immediately bends north (as Agua Caliente Rd), for 5 miles. Cars can easily make it this far, where the large "Sundad" rock sign is located. Cars should proceed no further, due to several SUV+ only wash crossings. Turn east on the jeep trail for a half mile, to the next split. I recommend splitting right, so that you approach the ghost town from the south, with the sun at your back for better photos. Splitting right, the southern end of the town is a half mile curve to the left.

    DO NOT DRIVE THROUGH SUNDAD! There are nails everywhere.

    Note that you can continue on the dirt Agua Caliente Rd all the way northeast to Buckeye. The distance from Hyder Rd to Arlington, on dirt, is 39 miles.
    page created by kingsnake on Mar 31 2015 8:46 am
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