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Santa Rita Exploration, AZ
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Santa Rita Exploration, AZ 
Santa Rita Exploration, AZ
 
4x4 Trip avatar Nov 14 2019
rwstorm
4x4 Trip27.08 Miles 2,566 AEG
4x4 Trip27.08 Miles
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Nice day out in the eastern foothills of the Santa Rita Mountains not far from home. I drove in on Gardner Canyon Road up to the end of the road in Cave Creek Canyon. Then back out to the junction and northwest to the turnoff to Aliso Spring, where I hung a right on FR4085. This takes you over the divide and drops you down into Fish Canyon, passing Snyder Mine on the way, which was a main player in the area back in the day. I then drove northwest in Fish Canyon on FR4113, which pulls up steeply in places to reach Granite Mountain and FR163. Then down to the Morning Star Mine and FR165, which I followed around the bypass of Greaterville (off limits) to FR229, then down to Box Canyon Road, and home by way of Green Valley and I-19.

I hadn't been on some of these roads in 15 to 20 years, so that was fun. :D I visited the Greaterville and Fish Canyon area more back between 1990-1994, when I got bitten by the gold bug :lol: and was doing some recreational prospecting. There are still lots of active claims in the area, as it is a good place to find some gold.

Driving out of Fish Creek: [ youtube video ]
Prospecting in the area: [ youtube video ]
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