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Difficulty 3.5 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Round Trip 16.7 miles
Trailhead Elevation 2,258 feet
Elevation Gain 550 feet
Accumulated Gain 2,490 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 7 -10 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 29.15
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Author joebartels
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Age 49 Male Gender
Location Phoenix, AZ
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The Snake, Butterfly & I
by joebartels

Overview
Take the #104 Dutchman Trail 4.5 miles to Bull Pass Trail. Take the #129 Bull Pass Trail shortcut 1.5 miles back to the #104 Dutchman Trail. Continue on the #104 1.8 miles to Charlebois Spring. Return home 8.9 miles all on the #104 Dutchman Trail


Transition
What happened to the kid from Norman Oklahoma that would sneak into Sooner football games. Well, there was that creek, on the golf course, behind the house. Looking back, I guess that did pique my interest. Let me tell you, the old neighborhood gang was straight out of a storybook. We explored the creek in the summer and made oak leaf igloos in the fall. Of course, we pushed spin-the-bottle to the limit in the off-season. One thing for sure, we would have been in seventh heaven in the Superstitions. Although, I doubt any of us even gave Arizona much thought.

I wish the gang could have come along to Charlebois Spring. This trail is quite a bit longer than my normal stride. The terrain does shoot up all over. Then again, the trail is fairly flat for my interest. So what piqued my interest? The Peralta Master Map combined with a never ending supply of e-mails asking where to backpack did the trick. The Peralta Master Map is said to possibly depict the location of 18 mines, including the famed Lost Dutchman mine. As if that alone isn't enough, there's an endless supply of side excursions. Yes, there's dozens of great backpacking areas throughout the state, but this is the first I'll be recommending.

Stats
The description and trail data given above reflects a trek starting at First Water Trailhead. Heading out on the #104 Dutchman Trail, shortcutting across #129 Bull Pass and continuing on #104 to Charlebois Spring. The return is all on the #104. One could spend days if not a week exploring all the options. Be sure to stay out of the area mid April through October when it's hot. Anyhow, it's on to the trail with your ol' buddy the Dutchman. Start early while the sun is still burning off the morning layer.

Hike
From the First Water trailhead head out on the Dutchman #104 trail. In about six minutes you'll pass the Second Water Trail junction 0.27 miles. The trail hugs a mini boulder skyline of rock formations to your right while crossing the creek numerous times. According to Fritzski the trail crosses the creek seven times before reaching Parker Pass. I've crossed Parker Pass a couple times and it's just becoming noticeable. It doesn't stand out real well considering I've read about it in several books. The trail does feel like it's pulling away to the east and heading over to Parker Pass, when in reality you've been hiking southeast since the start.

Possible side excursion
Take Upper First Creek Trail before reaching Parker Pass. The trail takes off near the 2.1 - 2.2 mile point before Parker Pass and re-enters #104 at the 2.4 - 2.5 mile point just after Parker Pass. Click on Upper First Water Creek for more details. This side excursion from #104 to 0.35 miles further east #104 is 3.95 miles and 950 feet of accumulated elevation gain.

From Parker Pass the trail gently goes down towards Boulder Basin. Along the way is Scorpion Pincher Rock to your right. At 4.2 miles is the Black Mesa Trail junction.

Possible side excursion
Take Black Mesa Trail up to Second Water Trail. Hang a right and follow Second Water Trail to Boulder Canyon Trail. Hang a right on Boulder Canyon and follow back to the #104. This side excursion from #104 to just east on #104 is 7.5 miles and 1075 feet of accumulated elevation gain.

Possible side excursion
Alyor's Arch - Check out Fritzski's incredible review

Pass the Boulder Canyon junction a very short distance to the Bull Pass junction. As you can see in the maps below, the #104 takes a major dip to go around Black Top Mesa. Here I opt to take the Bull Pass Trail and will pick up the missing #104 section on the return trip. Looking at the maps, Bull Pass appears to save considerable distance and it does. It's about 1.4 miles shorter. Then you debate whether or not it's worth the extended elevation gain. You might be surprised that it's actually about 40 feet less gain. More on that later. Nevertheless, both trails are worthy.

Okay so it's up Bull Pass Trail to "Bull Pass". Black Top Mesa rises abruptly from the #104. You will get a mini workout heading up this 480 foot ascent. Personally this is my stride so I did a little jog up to the pass. In the early stages watch out for cactus as it lines the trail in sections. Looking southeast on the way up Weavers Needle. Wildflowers blanket the west side of Black Top Mesa. More about that on the return trip. Continue on up to the Bull Pass. Now, doesn't this seem a little more distinctive than Parker Pass!

Possible side excursion
A distinctive trail takes off from your right (south) atop Bull Pass. This trail waste no time heading up 600 steep feet in 0.55 miles to the Spanish Hieroglyphics. The average grade is 20 degrees, which is somewhat steep. I wanted to see the hieroglyphics for myself but it would have been an unwise choice for this extended day hike.

From Bull Pass continue down the northeast side of Black Top Mesa. There should be a trail coming in from the north midway down according to the topos. The old Needle Canyon Trail comes down from Red Hills Trail but I don't recall seeing it. I believe they scrapped the Needle Canyon Trail. Needle Canyon shoots off Boulder Canyon above Black Top Mesa and curves around and down past the east side of Weavers Needle. The Terrapin Trail is now what's used to be the lower end of Needle Canyon Trail. The Cavalry Trail further east seems a little more exciting coming down La Barge Canyon so maybe that has something to do with it also. I'm sure I just missed Needle Canyon Trail coming in from the north but I really wonder since nobody has mentioned it to me.

On down I passed an impressively large field of thick wildflowers of some sort. They were blue or purple and hadn't yet bloomed. I failed to capture a snapshot of the wonder. Further down I began to wonder if the #104 would be rejoining. It did 6.0 miles and shortly after 6.4 miles came the Cavalry Trail junction. Notice in the photo, Malapais Mountain is fairly impressive. Somewhere between here and Marsh Valley the "Hikers Guide to the Superstition Wilderness" mentions the Spanish Racetrack. I searched day and night for information on the Spanish Racetrack. I came up with absolutely nothing. I guess you'll have to check out the book for the story on that. Continue on down into La Barge Canyon. Notice the white soil and rocks surrounding the area.

Possible side excursion
Head up La Barge Canyon to Squaw Canyon. Go up Squaw Canyon and over to Peters Trail. Take Peters Trail back down to the #104. This side excursion from just past the Cavalry junction (5.2 miles into the #104) to Charlebois Canyon is 4.0 miles and 1255 feet of accumulated elevation gain. Keep in mind this is an off trail expedition for experts. Read that disclaimer at the bottom of the page! =)

In La Barge Canyon you'll have Bluff Spring Mountain on your right and Black Mountain to your left. Large cottonwoods and sycamores make this a nice little oasis. Several campsites line the trail in this 1.4 mile stretch to Charlebois Canyon. A spire with a shot up saguaro is passed along the way. I hesitate even mentioning it as some idiot will want to knock it off it's perch. The trail turns into a sandy wash and you can hear the creek cascading through the thick foliage.

Charlebois Canyon takes off northeast up the southeast side of Black Mountain. The trails get a little confusing around Charlebois Canyon. The #104 goes up and then comes back down, when it seems like it would go across. It's really nothing to think about coming from this direction. I did pass a couple on horses that missed the trail and ended up in Charlebois Canyon. It was quite a surprise in the thickly vegetated canyon. I heard somebody coming, only to be surprised by two huge horses in this tiny canyon. They were nice folks and we passed each other a couple times on the return trip. They were doing a Peralta to Firstwater shuttle trip. They had a friend shuttle their truck and trailer from trailhead to trailhead.

Charlebois Canyon
The Peralta Master Map is somewhere in or near this canyon. I didn't find it even though it's reportedly easy to find. I looked around for a half hour. I did come across a cement water trough as mentioned in "Hikers Guide to the Superstition Wilderness" but I'm doubting it's the same one. It looks way too new for something from the 1930's. Then again, what are the chances there's two in the area. Anyhow, I worked my way up the canyon a ways. It gets rather dense quickly. I forged on a bit further and turned around. 7.8 miles I decided I'd rather make it home alive than spend a night in wilderness. I guess I wasn't really looking in the right area anyhow. I re-read all the material I had and it didn't help much. As I passed the cement water trough on the way out I looked for the inscribed date as mentioned in the book. I didn't find one. Then again I didn't want to scrounge around too much in the thick weedy vegetation. How water gets into this thing above the creek is beyond me.

Disappointed returning without a photo of the hieroglyphics I decided to pick up the pace. I came back to the Bull Pass Junction 9.6 miles and continued on the #104 as planned. This turned out to be a really nice section of trail all the way around. What I hadn't anticipated was ascending anything. It's much more gradual than the Bull Pass Trail, so don't worry. The trail works down Needle Canyon a ways. The vegetation was more impressive than I figured. There was a couple of nice creek shots with Weavers in the background. The Terrapin Trail junction 10.4 miles is passed. Next, the trail comes around the south end of Black Top Mesa. Here it ascends easily to Upper Black Top Mesa Saddle. Maybe this was the nicely vegetated area. Guess I need to take better notes.

From Upper Black Top Mesa Saddle the trail hugs the southwestern side of Black Top Mesa. The trail heads northwest along the side of the mesa. Down below you see a trail junction. Which isn't Bull Pass as your hoping. Back the train up. I'm getting delirious writing this much... As mentioned way above, the west side of Black Top Mesa is blanketed in wildflowers. The real site to see is here on the south end of the west side. It's an explosion of wildflowers along this steep hillside. The tan cliff edge of Palomino Mountain adds a really nice setting. The trail makes one long switchback down into East Boulder Canyon. I didn't see this switchback on any map or in any book, so I'm fairly proud to mention it. Maybe the forest service added it so you can walk through all those wildflowers. Down in the canyon you'll need to cross the creek, which wasn't a problem like all the others. Next you come to the Peralta Trail junction 11.4 miles as seen from the trail moments ago. The trail heads up East Boulder Canyon on the Palomino side. To your right are endless wildflowers on the side of Black Top Mesa. On your right is Palomino Mountain jetting up outta nowhere. It's a cool canyon. Then a bit further up, notice Aylor's Arch atop Palomino. I happened to catch it when the sun lined up exactly coming through the hole.

12.2 miles Return to Firstwater trailhead 16.7 miles on the #104. That's it folks. Did I mention... I did this trail in teva sandals. This may be a bit much for sandals. I ended up getting some huge blisters and had to crawl to work the next day. Other than that, it was an outstanding hike. I'll definitely be back! Just remember to go prepared with food and lots of water. The notorious for being dry creeks were all running good on this trip.

Other side excursions to consider
Music Canyon, La Barge Spring, Holmes Spring, circle Bluff Spring Mountain, top of Bluff Spring Mountain, Bluff Spring, the ever popular Weavers Needle and possible the Red Tanks Trail or as far down as Miners Needle. Just remember to go when the daytime temps are around 65-75 ( check "Historical Weather" top of page). Have fun!

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2001-03-03 joebartels
    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.

    Most recent of 30 deeper Triplog Reviews
    Charlebois from First Water TH
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    I started out with Malapais Mountain in mind but decided on Marsh Valley to look for Picture Rock. The intent was to hike the loop but it was necessary to back track to search another location so I hiked in and out. The trails are in good shape and I saw several hikers throughout the day. I climbed up to some old cliff dwellings in Marsh Valley and looked around for the petroglyphs (Picture Rock) but didn't find them. I have one other area to search about a mile away from the alleged locations I've heard of. The weather was nice for an 8 am start. The sun was my friend today. After Bartels' Boot Camp on Sunday this hike was easy. In fairness Joe will say he was misled by the Supes Nazi. Is there good hiking in Argentina? :lol:
    Charlebois from First Water TH
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    Headed back into the western Supes for an enjoyable hike to Charlebois. Started from First Water TH around 8:20am and took the Second Water Trail to Boulder Canyon. Headed south from there and connected onto the Cavalry Trail. Saw a pair of Coati in Marsh Valley and then connected onto the Dutchman Trail. Took a quick detour over to Charlbois and then started my return. I took a lunch break near Bull Pass and completed the loop finishing around 3pm. Was a nice day on the trails!
    Charlebois from First Water TH
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    I have been knocking out a bunch of miles off of First Water recently. With the spectacular May temperatures we have today, I figured I'd tag something I have been meaning to for a few years now.

    It was downright chilly when I hopped into my car @ 5ish this morning. I toyed with the idea of grabbing a long sleeve shirt but thankfully decided against it. I reckoned I'd just be carrying it the majority of the way.

    The hike out was good. I really hit a wall yesterday during my South Mountain loop of Pyramid :next: Alta :next: Bajada and was concerned on how I would do today with a similar mileage. In a conversation last night I made note of the fact that last year, a 16 mile hike might happen once or twice a year. My last 3 excursions have all been 16+.

    Upon making it to Charlebois I was amazed. I would have never suspected such an environment in the middle of the desert, a true oasis. I halfheartedly searched for the map (didn't find it) but absorbed the amazing sounds, smells, and sights of the locale. It felt a little like stepping into a fantasy world in a way; like you are walking into a different part of Disneyland and the entire view changes drastically. It is one of the more memorable areas that my hiking adventures have thus far taken me. I am definitely looking forward to doing an overnight out here in the fall.
    Charlebois from First Water TH
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    Went on a 2-day Arizona Backpackers Club trip to Charlebois from First Water TH with 9 people. Taking Dutchman #104 trail, water was flowing everywhere having to make multiple creek crossings. I was expecting to see a lot more wildflowers in bloom. I'm sure that will happen in just a couple more days. Next weekend I'm sure the flowers will EXPLODE in the Supes! As usual, the hikes in the Supes are drop-dead gorgeous! A little too warm for my liking--in the high 80's. I haven't backpacked in a year; therefore, I was a little rusty on carrying a load. My pack weighed 33 lbs. We took the short cut--Bull Pass--then connecting back on the Dutchman #104 to our camp at Charlebois. The climb nearly killed me but at least it cut more than a mile off the trip. Camped overnight along the river/creek and it was very pleasant except for the BEES! They were aggressive! Several people got stung. Luckily I did not. Mosquitos were a bother as well; therefore, bring bug repellent! Filtering water was no problem. Everything went wonderful. We played a crazy card game at camp to pass the time but we all were pretty tired from the strenuous hike that very shortly after sunset, we hit our sleeping bags. The moon was so bright... wish I had brought my eye mask. It was an absolutely beautiful evening with perfect temps. The hike out was going wonderfully until I hit a "wall" with only 3 miles to go. I was tired and my muscles ached and I was out of energy. One of the guys took my Tilly Hat off my head and put it in the creek and put it back on my head. It was as if I was reborn! I slowed my pace and got back in the groove. I was not going to speed through this hike. In fact, I was the only one in the group of 8 that saw Aylor's Arch at Palomino Mountain until I pointed it out to several of them. Most of the gang had their heads down pushing through to the end. I really like going at my own pace. You get to see more things that way! This is what I would consider a moderate-level skill backpacking trip. I was proud I made it in and back without falling or fainting! Not bad for the oldest one in the group of 9.

    Wildflowers
    One more week and you'll be amazed!
    Charlebois from First Water TH
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    Well I hit the trail as morning was breaking and finished before darkness fell.
    When I started this hike according to my car it was 48 degrees perfect. As I got close to Charliebois I met a HAZ hiker named Dave aka Slowhiker.
    When I reached Charliebois I was surprised that Rowdy and I had it all to ourselves. We ate lunch there and took and nice break. Rowdy really like checking out the area. After that we hit the Master Map before heading back.
    I was really surprised that we really didn't see any wildlife on this hike.
    All and all it felt really good to get back in the Supes.
    Charlebois from First Water TH
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    After several years and multiply trips out to Charlebois Springs, in search of the elusive Peralta Master Map :wrt: , we set out again early Sunday morning to fix this problem !! well after searching around for better part of hour and about ready to call it another failed trip ( we were burning daylight and not reaping the reward ) I heard a :y: from Roger he finally spotted the Map hidden behind a thick stand of brush :DANCE: :-$ ... Took our Pics and headed back home Happy Times Again !! :thanx: HAZ for all the fond memories and multiply reasons to get off the couch and explore the great outdoors....
    Charlebois from First Water TH
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    Met up with Kyle and Claire for a wet hike in the Supes. Rain was in the forecast and we came prepared. We arrived at the first water trailhead during a light rain a little after 8am and saw Wally in the parking lot. We chatted for a bit and started our hike in. Wally continued straight on the Dutchman Trail and we went left on Second Water.

    We passed a few people up to Garden Valley and then didn't see another soul the rest of the day. The rain also tapered off. We dropped down in Boulder Canyon and found Boulder Creek running strong! We managed to rock hop and stay dry across the first crossing. We arrived at the second and knew we had to get wet. We hopped in and made the crossing. We continued south in Boulder Canyon and had to make several wet crossings. It was really fun!

    We connected on the Cavalry Trail and our paced picked up as we proceeded to Marsh Valley. We all felt great at the intersection with the Dutchman Trail so we went east over to Charlebois Spring. The skies were overcast but the rain was holding off. We took a lunch at Charlebois and then started our return.

    The return hike flew by. We crossed the Bull Pass Trail and noticed some weather moving in. A light rain started falling and it was really enjoyable. The temps were cool but pleasant and all of us were comfortable. There were a few wet crossing along the Dutchman trail and we were back to the trailhead around 4pm. The Supes in the rain never get old!
    Charlebois from First Water TH
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    I wanted to try one of the north routes up Bluff Spring Mountain. Trip 22 in Superstition Trails West is the source. I went up the north (vs northeast) route. At first I went up the wide gap in the cliff but that leaves you stranded. Since I was there I checked out a cave with a few small prospect holes and climbed up to the high point for the view. I went back down and over from the narrow gap and from there you can access Hidden Valley. I planned to go down the northeast route but wasn't sure I could find it form above plus the terrain was rough so I turned back. Next time I'll go up the northeast route. The photos tell the rest of the story.
    Charlebois from First Water TH
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    We started our hike at 5:40. It was an absolutely beautiful morning, not real hot with just enough humidity in the air that it seamed cooler than it actually was. We started the hike a an OK pace. We weren't going to break records but there was enough of a pace to get things done.

    I knew it was going to be hot this day and because of this I wanted to have at least 1/3 of the hike done by the time the temps reached the 100s.
    I had been watching the weather for several days and I thought that we would see an average high of 100-105. We did get 1/3 of the hike done by the time the temps reach 100 but the temp kept going up and up and up! Now with the temp at nearly 110, that pleasant little bit of humidity became unbearable. It was a factor that I had overlooked. Because of the humidity we were using much more water than either of us had anticipated. Knowing there would be water at the Charleboi spring, we didn't hold back on our water consumption. By the time we made it to Charleboi I had gone though 4 liters of water.

    Once we reached Charleboi spring, Both of us were in desperate need of water, shade and rest. We both filled up everything we could, including our cloths, bottle and stomachs. After everything had been water it was time to rest. I found a spot in the roots of an enormous cottonwood, removed my shoes and laid down. I could have stayed there forever but we still had a long and VERY HOT hike ahead of us.

    After resting for nearly 2 hours, pack up all out gear, gave our cloths one last wetting then headed out. Our pace was now MUCH slower. We left the spring and headed to the Master Map. At the Master Map, we took some pictures but my mind was in another place. I knew that the hike out was going to be an absolute KILLER and I could think of little else.

    Now with my pack as heavy as can be and the temps as hot as they could be, we started back to the cars. I was completely burnt out. I could only muster up the strength to hike .25 - .5 a mile at a time. Between each one of these tiny spurts I would have to stop and rest and by rest I mean I would shed my pack and lay down in whatever shade I could find. In the beginning of our hike out, Larry and I stuck together but soon we found ourselves leapfrogging down the trail. He would stop and I would keep going, then I would stop and he would pass me by. This carried on for most of the hike out. It wasn't till the sun went down that I muster up ever bit of strength I had left( plus I drank my last 5hour energy and eat 2 caffeinated gels) put on my headlamp and told Larry I was going for it. Larry wished me luck and asked that I wait for him at the TH. The last 3 miles were a blur. I'm not sure if it was the dark, my speed or my state of delirium but I made it. At about 100 yards from the TH I could see the light from my headlamp reflecting off the signs at the parking lot. I HAVE NEVER BEEN SO HAPPY!! I stumbled in to the parking lot then ran to my car. I dove into my car and turned on the A/C and began to drink all the cold water in my ice chest.

    While I sat waiting for Larry, I notice lights behind me. I turned around and saw two men with flashlights looking at Larry's car. The first thing I thought was "someone is breaking into his car!" I put my car in reverse and floored it. My car went shooting across the parking lot. I turned on my headlights and sound my car around so it was facing the two men. When the light hit them I saw it was two sherifs officers and both were now pointing their flashlights at me and had their hands on their pistols. I put my hands up and shut off my car.

    The Pinal County Sherifs were there for us. They had me get out of the car and go over to the map and show them where I last saw Larry. I showed them where I last saw Larry. I also told them that he would be out any minute now. The sherif explained to me that they had already dispatch the helicopter from Deer valley airport. I t had only been 5 - 10 minute later when Larry came walking out. All was well. The helicopter was turned around, phone calls were made and everyone was happy.
    Charlebois from First Water TH
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    When we started it was about 6am and it was nice. Once on the trail everything seemed so green.We started out with a pretty good pace. But that all change when we were on Bull Pass. As the humidity rose we slowed down. When we reconnected to the Lost Dutchman Trail we thought about going back,but relized we would need more water.
    We finally made it to Charliebois Spring where we took a nice long break and replenished are water supply. Zack and I did hit the Master Map before heading back. I had planned on taking the Lost Dutchman Trail all the way back. But with Zack where shorts and my own past experience, we decided the Bull Pass was the way to go. With all the growth from the rain I was thinking that section between Bull Pass and the Terrapin Trail would really be bloody.
    Before we knew it, it was getting dark. So Zack went ahead to the parking lot and I followed. Still having issue with my ankle I decide I would have to be more careful and took my time.
    Ad I was heading to the parking lot I was met by two deputy sheriffs. They asked if I was ok and gave me bottle of cold water which I finished in the parking lot.They gave me two more bottles of water to take with me. Idrank them both before I hit the hiway. Well that was my mistake as I have been drinking warm water all day.
    Getting on hiway 60 I knew that the water was not going to stay down and it didn't. Well I guess its time for a spot. We were ok but are families didnt know for sure. So I will buy a spot just to give them piece of mind.

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    To First Water Trailhead
    From Mesa follow Highway 60 East to Idaho Road. Turn North onto Idaho Road which is SR88 and follow North 2.2 miles. SR88 bends right just past Scenic St. and Idaho continues North. Be sure to go right and stay on SR88. Follow SR88 5.2 miles to the signed turnoff for First Water Trailhead, this is FR-78. Turn right on to FR-78 and follow 2.6 miles to the end.

    This trailhead feature restrooms without running water. The large parking area fills up in season. When full utilize the Horse Lot 0.5 miles back.

    From PHX (I-10 & AZ-51) 43.1 mi - about 59 mins
    From TUC (Jct 1-10 & Grant) 136 mi - about 2 hours 16 mins
    From FLG (Jct I-17 & I-40) 187 mi - about 3 hours 3 mins
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