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Reef Townsite

Address:

Carr Canyon Road
Hereford, AZ 85615
United States

Description

The Reef townsite was a mining camp active from the 1880s to the early 1900s when miners sought silver, gold and tungsten there. The town took its name from nearby Carr Reef, a band of quartzite cliffs running along the eastern side of the Huachuca mountains.Once you make the white-knuckle ride up the one-lane many-switch back road, you reach two relatively large level areas, Reef Townsite campground and Ramsey Vista campground. These two campgrounds and adjoining parking lots provide parking and access to many hiking trails. The short trail around the Reef campground guides visitors among old mining digs, a primitive water system, and the foundations of an ore mill. The elevation here is 7200 feet. In mid-October Carr Canyon glows with splashes of bright yellow formed by the forest of aspens high up the mountain. There is a $10 charge for overnight or day use. The day-use group picnic site can be reserved by calling the Sierra Vista District Office, (520) 378-0311. Season: spring, summer, fall

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