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Reef Townsite - Interpretive Loop & Campground, AZ

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Distance Loop 0.7 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,161 feet
Elevation Gain -184 feet
Accumulated Gain 180 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 30 min
Kokopelli Seeds 1.6
Interest Historic
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14  2016-08-20 chumley
Author chumley
author avatar Guides 81
Routes 688
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Trips 1,597 map ( 11,879 miles )
Age 48 Male Gender
Location Tempe, AZ
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Sun  5:37am - 7:18pm
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Slice of History
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Evidence of old mining digs and foundations for an ore mill provides points of interest along a three-quarter-mile interpretive trail that begins and ends at the Reef Townsite Campground's northeastern end.

The campground is located on a site that was once occupied by the old mining town of Reef. That remote outpost got its name from the nearby Carr Reef, a tall band of quartzite-bearing cliffs that form the Huachuca Mountains' dramatic eastern front. Mining activity along the Reef began during the last few years of the nineteenth century and proceeded in fits and starts into the 1950s.

The property occupied by mines and town was returned to public ownership in 1970. In 1988, the Forest Service constructed a campground on the townsite. Several picnic tables and tent pads were placed within the visible outlines of old cabin foundations.

Many relics of Reef’s mining history, including the remains of the town’s old water system and various features, are still visible in and around the campground and the adjacent interpretive trail.

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2016-08-16 chumley
    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
    Drive south of Sierra Vista 7 miles on Arizona Highway 92 to the Carr Canyon Road (FR 368). Follow FR 368 about 6.5 miles to Reef Townsite Campground. Which is a right turn off FR 368.

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 199 mi - about 3 hours 19 mins
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 89.7 mi - about 1 hour 44 mins
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 343 mi - about 5 hours 25 mins
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