Out of the Way Places

For me, one of the greatest things about traveling is finding out of the way places to explore.

As any of you who read my monthly blogs know, we spend the winter in Arizona. We are between Wickenburg and the tiny town of Aguila. For the last three years, we have driven past a large sign of an Indian warrior on a paint pony but have never taken the time to stop.

We’d heard the mining camp near by was open again and when our youngest son came for a few days visit and we decided to take a look. Am I glad we did. The only thing we did wrong was not allowing enough time. It would take several days to see everything packed into this wonderful place.

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The road in is about a mile of rutted dirt, but don’t let that stop you. Just seeing an original covered wagon that traveled from the East out here all those years ago is worth the small price of admission.

Robson’s is billed as Arizona’s best old west mining town, but it’s so much more. The site of an old mine, the town is filled with antique cars and trucks, an old blacksmith’s shop and original miner’s cabins. You can pan for gold, take a jeep tour or walk a ways to see one thousand year old petroglyphs and Indian grinding stones used by the Sioux tribe to grind corn.

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Anyone with a love of history could get lost in this place for days, but don’t worry, the caretaker and his family will give you a guided tour.

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Have you ever stumbled on a hidden gem in your travels?