Constellation RoadFirst Stop
Black Rock Mine
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
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This trip should be combined with the Humbug creek trip. You have to use the same roads to get to each place for most of the trip.
Take I-17 north to Carefree Highway. Go west on State Route 74. Take a right after mile marker 19 onto Castle Hot Springs Road into Lake Pleasant regional Park. The road will intersect about 3 miles. Turn left. Set your trip meter to 0.00 when the dirt road starts.
You have reached the Tule Creek Riparian Area. An amazing area for the desert. Fish and Game has fenced this area off with good reason. So you will have to walk from here. There are several buildings, a mill foundation(?) off to the right and some diggings in the area. the most distinguishing feature is the creek it self and the vegatation within it.
On the other side of the fence is a road going up the hill. That road continues up the creek. You can walk up the creek but it does cross the creek several times and it is difficult to get through the vegetation since it goes way back up the creek. I finally gave up about a 1/2 mile up the creek. You will also see a road coming in from the west on the other side of the creek. This road can be reached by the way of the Humbug creek road but that road is also fenced off.
As you walk toward the shack check out the grave of the miners dog on the left under a tree before you get to the shack.
Domingo Wash | Monarch Wash | Columbia
| Humbug | Tip Top
| Beyond Tiptop |
Tule Creek | Humbug
Creek | North of Cleator | NW
of Cleator | South of Cleator |
First Stop |
Monte Cristo |
Black Rock Mine |
Gold Bar |
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