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Goldfield Mine

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Roper Lake State Park

Gold and Copper

Coronado Trail


We visited the Goldfield mining museum in Apache Junction early Monday morning and headed further south through a large Apache Reservation and ended up at Roper Lake State Park. State parks have become our preferred camping places they are very well kept, have very large camp sites and are usually at a natural attraction. In this case the campsite was nestled along a quiet lake and so we had a nice, early morning walk around it.

The next day we decide to drive Highway 191 North (Coronado Trail) it too is marked as a scenic road but it is paved all the way and not nearly as scary as #88. This highway runs through the town of Clifton. This is the site of a huge Freeport-Mcmoran copper and gold mine www.fcx.com which is leaving an enormous destructive mark on the beautiful hills and mountains surrounding it. We saw still snow on the sides at the road but only at the highest pass at 9200’ high.

We stayed overnight at a private campground in Eagar where we seemed to be the only guest most other campers were regulars who stay there all year round. Temperatures dropped to just below freezing but not enough to do any damage.



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