• Reymert-Denoon-Ghost-Town
    Exploring Arizona

    Explore the Reymert (DeNoon), Arizona Ghost Town

    We recently ventured out in the desert east of Phoenix to explore the Reymert, AZ Ghost Town. This is the only smelter complex that used to service the Reymert Mine. The direction signs all say Reymert, but it turns out this ghost town is actually the remains of a town called DeNoon. The mining town of Reymert was located about 2 miles east, has been completely destroyed, and there is now a privately owned mining operation on the former townsite. James DeNoon Reymert founded the town of Reymert in 1887, and the post office was established in 1890 but discontinued in 1891. He also founded the adjacent town of DeNoon,…

  • The Crack natural formation near Superior Arizona
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    Exploring The CRACK Near Superior, Arizona

    As you know, we love to explore Arizona. Sometimes we plan out in advance where we are going and sometimes we wing it. Well on our last outing, we accidentally discovered an area that is referred to as THE CRACK. We did not set out to find The Crack, but we saw a small trail sign that mentioned it, so off we went in search of The Crack, Arizona, hoping that we weren’t headed to a colossal plumbing joke. Come with us as we explore THE CRACK near Superior, Arizona. The Crack is located between Queen Valley Az and Superior Arizona, right in the middle of nowhere. We had no…

  • Haunted Historic Pinal Cemetery
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    IS THE HISTORIC PINAL CEMETERY HAUNTED?

    We just got back from visiting the Historic Pinal Cemetery near Superior Arizona. It was not the trip, video, or blog post we intended to create from this adventure. Things got weird. Now we are wondering if the Pinal Historic Cemetary is haunted. About the Historic Pinal Cemetery & Mattie Earp We left the house about 8 this morning to visit the graveyard for a second time. We had a quick visit there a few weeks ago and wanted to go back to do a video of the area. The Pinal Historic Cemetery is where Mattie Earp’s Grave is located. We love old Arizona history, especially the old west, and…

  • Hotel Rockland, Sasco Arizona
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    Exploring Ironwood National Monument, Sasco & The Silver Bell Cemetary

    When searching for satellite photos and maps, we find all kinds of interesting things to seek out in the desert. One day, we found a structure near Red Rock, Arizona, and with a little research, found out it is the old Sasco Smelter and Ghost Town. It seems like a great reason to load up the BCO Tundra and go exploring! Adventure of the day: Irownwoon National Monument, Sasco & the Silver Bell Cemetary Heading out to Sasco, Arizona Today we ventured South towards Tuscon, Arizona from Queen Creek. We heard about an old smelter just outside of Red Rock, AZ, and the Ironwood Forest National Monument. We are always…

  • Wagon Wheel Track - Superior Arizona
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    Old Mining Wagon Wheel Tracks in Superior Arizona

    Sometimes you come across the most unexpected things when you are out exploring.  The other day, I was scouring the internet for a close-by spot to go check out with the family and dogs.  Living in Queen Creek, AZ, we have access to thousands of acres of wilderness, mountains, and deserts to explore, and I found a spot that piqued my attention.  There are Old Mining Wagon Wheel Tracks in Superior Arizona from the 1870’s nearby!! Superior, Arizona and It’s Amazing History “Kids!  Dogs! Load up!  We’re going on a mini-adventure!” We packed some water and snacks and loaded up in the Jeep.  Heading North from Queen Creek, the East…

  • Bulldog Canyon Trail, Arizona
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    Bulldog Canyon Trail, Arizona

    Last week, we took the family on the Bulldog Canyon Trail located just North of Apache Junction, Arizona. The kids have been working hard at their online school work and we all really needed a break. We decided to social distance ourselves on a local trail. We left early for the trail to beat any others that were feeling the same way we were. Getting out in the Jeep is such a stress reliever and allows us to forget all that is going on in the world for just a few hours. As of writing this, enjoying the outdoors is recommended for mental health reasons and still allowed in Arizona.…

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    Off-Road Trail Schnebly Hill in Sedona Arizona

    Last week we headed for the hills. Literally. We met up with a group of outdoor enthusiasts for a drive to Sedona Arizona. We were planning on running the Broken Arrow Trail. But things do not always go as planned. We ended up on the off-road trail Schnebly hill and was able to earn a Jeep Badge of Honor. Broken Arrow Lives Up To Its Name When we arrived at the Broken Arrow Trail, one of our buddies was starting to have some transmission issues and had to return home. We were with a few other rigs, some built, some stock. Some of us decided to head over to the…

  • Ajax Mine Arizona
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    The Abandoned Ajax Mine – Arizona Ghost Mines

    It seems that we are always up for an adventure. Since we moved here 5 years ago we have made it our mission to explore all the cool wonders of Arizona. We started out with a decent size list of things we wanted to see and we have been checking it off almost every weekend. That includes the abandoned Ajax Mine. Most of our adventures seem to take us on remote backroads. Luckily we have a modestly lifted Jeep / daily driver that can take us pretty much anywhere we want to go, including the abandoned Ajax Mine. Ajax Mine History In its glory days, the Ajax mine was primarily…

  • Black Canyon Lake Cove
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    Black Canyon Lake – Heber Arizona

    Why you should visit Black Canyon Lake in Heber Arizona When it heats up in the Phoenix area, we love to head north past Payson toward Heber and the Apache-Sitegraves National Park. There are so many forest roads to explore just outside of Payson and we have only experienced a small number of them . One of our favorite camping spots to beat the heat is located near Black Canyon Lake. Black Canyon Lake is located about 45 miles east of the city of Payson, Arizona on Forest Road 86,. This lake boasts many attractions including the Heber Wild Horses, fishing, kayaking, hiking and off-roading. Camping Accommodations As you first…