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Swansea Townsite

Swansea was once a booming, copper mining town.

Total Miles

36

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Elevation
1,333'
Duration
4 Hours
Technical Rating
2 / 10
Best Time
Fall/ Winter/ Spring

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Trail Overview
Swansea Townsite
Take this desert drive off the beaten path to visit Swansea Townsite, an historic town with some really unique ruins. ATVs and UTVs will love all of the side roads available along this route.
History
Mining began here in the 1860s with mixed results. Not until copper mining exploded in the early 1900s did the town take off, growing to about 500 people. The railroad helped make the mine profitable for a while, but everything shut down for the last time in 1944.
Getting There
From center of Parker where Highway 95 makes 90-degree turn, head south on 95 about 1.5 miles to well-marked Shea Road on left. Pavement improves as you head east.
Contact for Current Conditions
BLM land, Lake Havasu Field Office
(928) 505-1200