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Crown King

This popular route starts in the desert, passes old mines and ghost towns (including Bumble Bee and Cleator), and ends high in Ponderosa Forest. It offers plenty of photographic opportunities. The road follows the old historic train track, Murphy’s Impossible Railroad, that connected Prescott to Crown King. This all dirt road can be traveled by passenger car. It is steep in areas and has sharp turns, so don't be in a hurry. The Crown King Saloon’s walls display an excellent collection of old railroad and ghost town photographs while offering lunch. The Mill Restaurant’s main attraction is the Ten Stamp Mill reclaimed from the Gladiator mine as well as its good food. For dessert visit the Crown King store for their home made fudge. Crown King has been a popular route for ATVs that follow other back roads to this resettled ghost town. As for wildlife, watch for deer, javelina, and birds of prey.

Visit Crown King Chamber of Commerce for more info

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Old Railroad Tracks

Old photos inside Crown King Saloon

Crown King sits high in the mountains

Bumble Creek

Crown King Road

Mines along the Way

Road follows old train track most of the way

Old Train Tunnel

Crown King Road

Crown King Road Switchbacks


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