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ghost towns.com
4x4 Basics
Az. Dept of Mines
Az. Pioneer Cemetery Research Project

Other resources

Ghost Towns of Arizona by James and Barbara Sherman U. of Oklahoma Press

Arizona's best Ghost Towns by Philip Varney Northland Press

Arizona Ghost Towns and Mining Campsby Philip Varney Arizona Highways

Columbia Arizona by Neal Dushane, self published

Printable Directions    click on images to enlarge 

The Cleator area is full of mines and digs and old shacks. There are 3 trips that I will use Cleator as the starting point. One to the north, one to the northwest, this trip. Which is just up the road to Crown King and one to the south where you will eventually come out just south of Bumble Bee.
The main area of interest is the Desoto mine. This mine is located on the Battle flat topo map. 11north, range1E, section 20, NW. Also you will continue to use the NAD27 CONUS map datum on your GPS.
I will start the directions from in front of the Cleator store on the left. For directions to get there see the North of Cleator page.I will include all of the directions in the printable directions. Set your trip meter to 0.00 in front of the store.

1.2 miles Turn right onto forest Service road 259B. processing
1.6 miles Go through the gate. Either straight or left will take you to the same place. Find the road going up the hill to the west and follow it.
2.9 miles Gate. Close it behind you.
4.7 miles Big rusted tank on the left.
4.9 miles Remains of processing area on the left.
5.1 miles Desoto Mine. N 34* 17' 7.3" W 112* 17' 8.6"

mine If you stop at the processing area you can get a great view of the switchbacks of the Crown King road. There is a road to the left of the mine that will take you to the upper mines. Take the left fork when you get to the first level area to get to the top. The right fork will take you behind the mountain. This road will eventually take you the back way to the Peck mine and the Swastika mine and eventually back to the road that leads up to Crown King.

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