Discover the Arizona Outback

OLD MINING DAYS

The "ARRASTRA" was used to grind small pieces of ore by using a very large boulder on the inside perimeter that was pulled by mules or donkeys around the outside perimeter. The hub in the center of the ARRASTRA has shafts that allows ropes, rods, cables to be hooked up. This Arrastra was found in the Harquahala Mtns in pristine condition near an old cabin and mine shaft.

photo submitted by Linda Darland

Arizona Outback Arrastra

Arizona Outback Blooms at Little Horn Peak

Arizona Outback poppy blooms

January '05 blooms near Little Horn Peak off of Eagle Eye Road - photos submitted by Linda Darland

Arizona Outback Gila Monster

TREASURES OF OUTBACK

This Gila Monster was captured by photo just a few miles south of Salome off Harquahala Mine Road on open BLM land. There are thousand of acres of open public land to explore and enjoy in the Arizona Outback. Photos submitted by Billy Crist.

Arizona Outback Harquahala Mountains
Harquahala Mountains SkyFire by Sandy

Arizona Outback Spring Poppies Early spring cover of poppies on the north slopes of the Harquahala Mtns, two miles east of Wenden ~ along Tenahatchipi Pass. by Sandy

The Harquahala Mountains

Arizona Outback - Harquahala Sunrise

Sunrise from Morenga Palms RV Park ~ Wenden, AZ by Sandy

A pack trail was built to haul supplies and building materials from Wenden to the now unused Smithsonian Observatory on the top of the mountain - access to the pack trail is from Hwy 60, (approx. 3 miles east of Wenden) on the north side of the mountain...... worth the trek for experienced climbers - no vehicles.

Eagle Eye Road provides access to the Observatory from the south, recommended for 4-wheel drive vehicles only. Follow the links below to the BLM pages for additional information, please use your browser back button to return to this site.

The Bouse Fisherman Intaglio
visit, enjoy and protect the Arizona Outback

The fisherman is an intaglio (geoglyph or earth figure), a large figure created in the soil by Indians many many years ago.

Visit the site of this protected giant on the scenic drive along Plomosa Road, between Bouse and Quartzsite.

The scenery and views on this drive are so spectacular, you will want to turn around and go back, just to make sure that you didn't miss anything.

Swansea Wilderness
Arizona Outback - Painted Mountains
Scenic site looking NE from Swansea Ghost Town in the 16,400-acre Swansea Wilderness. This is a computer enhanced photograph taken from one of the many 4-wheel drive trails - all the color and mountains are real! only the texture has been added. Excellent area for jeep rides, photographs & wildlife. Herds of wild burros roam this area. First time travelers should enter the wilderness from Bouse / Plomosa Rd. by Sandy

Bill Williams National Wildlife Refuge

Over 6,000 acres of marshes, lakes, and desert uplands.Fishing, hiking, wildlife. Home of the largest remaining stand of cottonwood along the lower Colorado River. From Parker, follow Hwy 95 north approx.17 miles. Fish & Wildlife Service (928) 667-4144

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