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.
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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.
Monica is a Diné (Navajo) freelance writer and photographer based in the Southwest. Born in Gallup and raised in Phoenix, she is Tódich'ii'nii (Bitter Water People) and Tsi'naajinii (Black Streak Wood People). Monica is a staff writer for Only In Your State, photo editor for The Mesa Legend, and previously a staff writer for The Navajo Post. You can reach her at [email protected]
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