Last Thursday, March 5th, we took a Jeep trip into the Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge outside of Parker, AZ.
We walked a couple of small canyons, stopped at the Bill Williams River, and checked out an abandoned mine. Door to door, it was 115-mile trip. We left Crazy Horse Campground a little after 9 am and returned at about 3 pm.
The old mine was the most interesting.
When it was in operation, the mine used water piped from the Bill Williams River. It looks like some sort of open-pit deal as there were hills and hills of tailings all over.
It also looks like when the mine failed, the miners just walked. They left everything to the desert and vandals. The mine site has that Charlie Manson-Lived-Here look. The remains would make a great environmental ad.
To see an overhead view of the mine site, go to Google Maps and enter these coordinates: 34.228977,-114.006194
Here are some photos from our trip . . .