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Coronado Trail (US 191), AZ
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Coronado Trail (US 191), AZ 
Coronado Trail (US 191), AZ
 
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Randy (rwstorm) and I had been planning an overnight outing to Eastern AZ with his Tucson friend, Paul. We were to meet in Safford then travel to Gila Box then to Clifton/Morenci area and return to Gila Box for the night. The next day (Friday) we were going to do some 4x4 exploring along the Bonita wash before breaking up and heading home.

Well, Randy and I met in Safford and Paul had canceled at the last minute so the main part of the plan was still in tact. We traveled to the Gila Box and walked around the areas but it was getting quite warm and there was a Gnat infestation that made the area unbearable :? So now we began changing plans at the last minute.

We decided to continue on to Morenci then on up along US 191 (Coronado Trail) for an overnight camp then continue on to Show Low then back along the 60 to Globe where we would split up and head back to our respective homes. With that in mind, I'm going to make this into three trip reports to keep the photosets relative to their respective areas.

Trip 3: Coronado Trail
It was a chilly night camping out under the stars and full moon at around 7,000 feet altitude and the brisk winds that kicked in at 0300 made for a short night. We arose around 0600, broke camp, packed away our gear and hit the Coronado Trail heading North towards Show Low.

The mountains are incredibly scenic up here and the wildlife was everywhere. We saw deer in groups numbering up to ten alongside the road that seemed to only give us a casual glance as we passed slowly by. A flock of four Wild Turkeys ran alongside our trucks as we approached them then they disappeared over the side of the road.

The road passes through heavily wooded mountainous terrain then suddenly changes to high alpine meadows and back again. We passed through areas that had been burnt by the Wallow fire from a couple of years ago, it's a shame to look upon the devastation left behind by such an extensive fire, but already the new trees are sprouting, grassy areas are appearing and wildflowers are growing.We kept our eyes peeled for any signs of Elk but it may have been the wrong time of day for them to be out feeding.

We drove through Show Low and Pine Top :yuck: as many of the Valley residents are already beginning to head up to their mountain summer homes. After all the miles of deserted roads, this is much too quick a transition back to humanity and traffic lights. The Salt River Gorge was a pleasant stop on our way back and we took the time to get some photos when there aren't the heavy winter crowds lining the river sides. At Globe, we refilled our gas tanks, said our farewells and went our separate ways. Thanks Randy, I know the original plans got scrapped and we had to make some on-the-spot changes but it was an interesting tour of Eastern Arizona.
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