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Reef Townsite - Interpretive Loop & Campground, AZ
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Evidence of old mining digs and foundations for an ore mill provide points of interest along a three-quarter-mile interpretive trail which begins and ends at the northeastern end of the Reef Townsite Campground.

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 all the way into the 1950’s.


The property occupied by the mines and the town was returned to public ownership in 1970, and in 1988, the Forest Service constructed a campground on the townsite. A number of 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 miscellaneous features, are still visible in and around the campground and the adjacent interpretive trail.
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Difficulty 0.5 of 5
Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 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
Course Loop Hike
Author chumley
Descriptions 68
Routes 456
Photos 9,170
Trips 1,076 map ( 7,532 miles )
Age 43
Location Tempe, AZ
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14  2016-08-20 chumley
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Preferred   Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Sun  7:06am - 5:18pm
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Evidence of old mining digs and foundations for an ore mill provide points of interest along a three-quarter-mile interpretive trail which begins and ends at the northeastern end of the Reef Townsite Campground.

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 all the way into the 1950’s.


The property occupied by the mines and the town was returned to public ownership in 1970, and in 1988, the Forest Service constructed a campground on the townsite. A number of 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 miscellaneous features, are still visible in and around the campground and the adjacent interpretive trail.
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    Directions
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    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
    page created by chumley on Aug 16 2016 10:03 am
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