A Guide to the Wonders of SE Arizona and SW New Mexico

-or- Things to Do Within 100 Miles of Duncan

 

List - Rock-hounding

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Black Hills Rockhound Area (AZ)



A haven for rockhounds and geologists close to Highway 191, between Safford and Clifton.
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Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area (AZ)



Hot springs, river rafting, birdwatching, and miles of trails make this accessible National Conservation Area popular but rarely crowded. Bonita Creek wildlife viewing area is accessible and has numerous interpretive displays and shade shelters.
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Granite Gap Ghost Town (NM)



A rockhounder's paradise, an adventurer's enticement, a child's fun fix. Open October 1 to June 1, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday and by appointment.
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Hotwell Dunes Recreation Area (AZ)



The 500,000-acre San Simon Valley draws not just hot springs enthusiasts but hikers, rockhounders and ATV riders. Not a quiet retreat.
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Round Mountain Rockhound Area (AZ, via NM)



Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor grew up here on her fathers Lazy B Ranch. Prehistoric horses and turtles have been unearthed in the vicinity. The rockhounding area, accessed through the Lazy B, is on BLM land.
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The Carlisle Mine historical site (NM via AZ)



Now a ruin in the Steeple Rock foothills overlooking Duncan, the Carlisle Mine, opened in 1893, was a booming concern overseen for a time by a young Herbert Hoover. A favorite of historians and rockhounders, but well off the beaten track.
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