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Santa Rita FR143, AZ
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Santa Rita FR143, AZ 
Santa Rita FR143, AZ
 
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This forest road extends from near Patagonia on the east to its connection with the Mount Hopkins Road on the west. Approximately 25 miles in length (give or take), it traverses some scenic country in the southern portions of the Santa Rita Mountains. When I bought my first four wheel drive vehicle (current 1998 Tacoma) in October 2000, this was the first road I took it on to start seeing what it was like. I haven't been back...until today. It is actually an easy drive, not really requiring four wheel drive in many spots (if any). Seemed a lot scarier way back then when I was new to this. :lol: I actually had driven part of this road back in 1996 (from Patagonia to Josephine Canyon) in my 1985 two wheel drive Toyota truck. I took a side trip today on the Josephine Canyon road, but it was pretty gnarly, so didn't drive all the way to the end by the Tia Juana Mine, where the Josephine Canyon Trail begins. In retrospect, it's sort of amazing I got that thing to the trailhead, but I was younger and more adventurous back then, though I'm sure there was some tire-shredding going on that day! :o :sweat:

I started this trip where the road departs Highway 82 at the southern end of the Nature Conservancy property southwest of Patagonia. (It is Salero Road at this end, and is Bull Springs Road in the western portion). Much of this road crosses private property (and is posted as such, especially the Salero Ranch portion). Be careful if exploring off the main route. There are a lot of mining remnants in the portion controlled by Salero Ranch, including the ghost town of Salero (off limits). The site of the former post office at Alto is along the road and can be visited.

There are some nice views of Hopkins and Wrightson from this southern perspective. I spent most of the day entertaining cows with my driving, but by the end of the trip I was just horsing around. :lol: With my late start, I drove the last 5 or 6 miles in darkness, but I already had seen the best along the way. :D
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