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You’ve Never Experienced Anything Like This Epic Abandoned Railroad Hike In Arizona

The railroad brought significant changes to the West when construction began connecting existing Eastern lines with the West Coast. Most notably, it meant transportation of people and goods could take days instead of weeks or months. Plenty of tracks were laid here in Arizona, making way for quicker, safer transportation that also introduced people to the beautiful scenery found here but most were eventually abandoned in favor of the automobile.

Sadly, only two railways continue to operate today for passenger use. Some continue to lay abandoned but others have been converted to mutli-use trails so that residents can continue to safely enjoy the views along the old rail lines. We’re going to take a look at one such example today: the Peavine National Recreation Trail in Prescott.

The trailhead is located at 1626 Sundog Ranch Road in Prescott and there is a $3.00 parking fee. Additional trail information and a map can be found at the City of Prescott website.

Want to check out some more scenic trails in Arizona? For a short hike be sure to check out our article, 12 Incredible Hikes Under 5 Miles Everyone In Arizona Should Take.

Monica Spencer
Monica is a Diné freelance writer and the Arizona staff writer for Only In Your State. In addition to writing, she also enjoys taking photos, running, and weaving. She currently lives in Phoenix with her boyfriend and their herd of cats.