If your looking for a new area to go off-roading, Check out Mescal Rd. It is only about a 40 minute drive from Tucson! Off exit 297. The road is about 16 miles. The first three is paved and the first eight is suitable for any car. As you head through the dirt road you will see the Rincon Mts that surround the valley. Also for hikers , you can go to Forest Rd 35 if you want to hike Miller trail, I also saw a sign that said Turkey trail. Here are some photos of this area.
This western movie studio had some big Hollywood stars and movies made here! This is called Old Tucson’s sister studio and has been standing for 50 years! It was used for the movie “Tombstone” the gunfight scene. The saloon was used for the movie “The quick and the dead” also “The three amigos” so it has had many many Hollywood actors and actresses!
Well, the road goes on, but I won’t spoil the rest of this trip, you gotta check it out yourself! All that’s missing is water, I see a lot of campfire rocks built in different areas, but I did not see many “No trespassing “ signs, . So just use common sense when going. Have fun!!!!! Crank up the tunes and drive!
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Between 1400-1900, The Sobaipuri (Soba’s) “spotted”. They had large white dots all over them. These native’s were a subgroup of O’odam or Pima along with Papago Indians lived in The Patagonia lake/Sonoita creek area.
The Sobaipuri where around when the Europeans first entered the southwest. They are the most studied protohistoric (late prehistoric and early historic) are less studied than most other time periods, especially in that area. The Sobaipuri were said to be very muscular and very honorable peaceful people. The pottery made by them was very simple. It was Eusebio Kino, a.k.a Father Kino, in 1691 was traveling along the Santa Cruz river, when he met the leaders of the Sobaipuri tribe.
An archaeologist by the name of Deni Seymour has studied the Sobaipuri for the last thirty years and has documented over 80 sites by them.
In 1994, 3 sites were found in the Santa Rita Mts., that may have been used as getaway sites, since the Apache Indians were “bullies” and they wanted to getaway from the Spanish. Also may have been used for hunting and gathering. The houses they made were small dome shaped elongate and oval, 6-7 ft long and about 5 ft. Tall.
It is believed the Apaches drove the Sobaipuri out of the region. The Pima Indians referred to the Papago, as “bean eaters”as they were highly competitive.
Here is a Tohono O’dham lady in 1890, they are known as highly skilled basket weavers, very beautifully crafted!
The petroglyphs found near Lake Patagonia are of deer, snakes, some represent gods or humans and is a 3 mile hike.
You can only access these by a representative.
So, if you go exploring and find an arrowhead that is serrated with a distinctive basal notch, it’s from the Sobaipuri!
The entrance fee at Lake Patagonia is $15 during weekday and $20 on weekends, a great place to fish, walk the birding trail and camp out!. The number to call for questions is #520-287-6965. Also, there are Great off-road trails there, you can find them on Alltrails.com or use the resources I wrote in my article on where to find off-road trails! Have fun!
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While driving up through Tonto National Forest, on our way through Young, Az., I started wondering about the Indian, Tonto in the Lone Ranger show that aired back from 1947-59! Well, I actually use to watch it when I was a kid, did any of you? Tonto was made to become The lone rangers friend, one he could confide in and trust. The Lone Ranger saved Tonto as a young kid and later befriends him. The two are great together in the show and overcome many obstacles as a team.
The Lone Ranger went by a strict code put in place by a man named Striker and it reads this;
I believe to have a friend, a man must be one. That all men are created equal and that everyone has within himself the power to make this world a better world. That god put the firewood there, but that every man must gather and light it himself. In being prepared physically, mentally, and morally to fight when necessary for what is right, that a man should make the most of what equipment he has that this government of the people and for the people shall live always. That man shall live by the rule of what is best for the greatest number. Sooner or later, somehow, we must settle with the world and make payment of what we have taken and that all things change, the truth alone lives on forever, in my creator, my country and my fellow man. Tonto also starred in his own comic published by Dell. Another comic with a Native American was by Marvel named after the “Apache kid” ( read article on him)
The Tonto National Forest is the largest of the six national forests here in Arizona. It has a very diverse landscape with elevations ranging from 1400 in the Sonoran to 7,400 in the Ponderosa pines of the Mogollan rim. Established in 1905 to protect its watersheds & reservoirs with 350,000 acre ft. Of water! Tonto National Forest has 6 major reservoirs and can store 2 million acre ft of water and is home to many pre-historic Indian tribes. Also, Tonto Apache reservation is located inside this forest at Payson and use it to grow plants and other traditional purposes.
The Forest has a history of producing copper, gold , silver,lead, zinc and many other metals.
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In July of 1870, a raid attracted Company B of the Arizona volunteers, noticed where the great warrior Apaches were hanging out at what used to be “Big Picacho”. The Apaches were not bothering anyone and just wanted to relax, until the U. S. Calvary discovered the secret trail up to what we call Apache leap. Their was approximately a total of 75 Apaches. The Apaches were shocked and outnumbered. The soldiers shot the Apache warriors, but rather some of them be captured by the white men, they became heroic brave warriors and jumped to the death.
An unidentified blogger wrote “We are the voices of our ancestors of Cherokee, Mohawk, Apaches, Coahuilthican,Seminole, Choctaw, Cherokee, Lakota,Oneida, Seneca and all tribes. We are their people made real in present, the 7th generation to someone who dreamt of our existence. The ones who refuse to forget our relatives who died for what still belongs to us-this land. We are the faces of of all who walked The Apache trail of tears. The long walk and all forced removals.
Some claim a lot of paranormal activity happens in the small town of Superior at the bottom of The cliffs of Apache leap. I recently watched a show that had a team of paranormal investigators who did an episode in Superior, Az( not sure what the name was)Here is a picture I took. That really struck me!
Now, let us learn about Superior, Az., originally called “Queen” and became a mining town in 1875. It was filed by W. Tuttle and the Irene mine, claimed by P. Swain in the year of 1876. Together, it became known as the Silver Queen mine. Then in 1910, Colonel Boyce Thompson renamed it as “Magma copper company.
Today, Superior , Az is a striving community . And has a population of 3, 141 people. Has two major attractions. One is the Boyce Arboretum, and the Worlds smallest museum that has a lot of historic artifacts.
Today, a minining company named Resolution copper company has a huge scale project that you can check out on the internet and learn about.
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As an adventurer, it’s important to find the right trails to drive. Everyone has different ideas on what they look for in an off-roading experience. For me, going on a trail makes me excited and very happy, as it should! There are different reasons for each one of us to find certain areas.
Here goes! A map! Yep, a regular map is always great to have in your vehicle! Also going on Google search!
Alltrail.com, now some of these sights do charge and if that doesn’t bother you then go ahead and pay! Trailsoffroad.com is a favorite of mine because it shows pictures of the trails and what the scenery is like! And it won’t cost a cent!
Google maps, Of course YouTube.com, Trail Recon, forums. Here is one, we don’t always think about! How about that ranger station?! Yes! These guys can tell you so much about the area, including if there are ghost towns around or mines!Maybe ruins of ancient Indian tribes!
Here is a good App to have called Gaia app, it helps you track your route and find other ones!
How about books! Books are a great resource, I have one that is awesome! Inside it has maps and photo’s !
Travel responsible, don’t throw your trash out there, keep it clean! Thanks for reading this, hope this helps you out! Stay safe and blast your music! Have a blast!!!!
If your just beginning to drive off-road, your gonna need to learn these tips! When you go out on your adventure make sure you drive the fire roads, now you don’t have to, but by doing this it will help you get familiar with your car. To see how it handles sand, and any other obstacles, even mud!
Air down your tires, You don’t have to, but 30 psi-45 is max. This gives your tire more surface area and can give you more grip.
Don’t floor it! It can cause your car to hop, go slow and steady! If you are going up and your losing grip, try turning the wheel in a different direction, left or right. Remember, when coming to slope, GO STRAIGHT, don’t take slopes at an angle because if you do that, your car will be more likely to flip! Sounds terrible, but it happens!
If you are ever in doubt, get out and check under your vehicle, don’t just make assumptions that it will be okay, it’s just a crack in the road or just a rock!
Don’t ever use the tow hitch ball, it is fast like a bullet and can kill you! Just use google search on your vehicle to learn about it and see what it can and can’t do and always bring straps for removing things off the road, like boulders or trees and whatever else is out there! Don’t get stuck out there! Use common sense out there!
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