Swansea Townsite

Total Miles


544 ft


4 Hours

Technical Rating



Best Time

Fall, Winter, Spring

Trail Overview

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.


Easy: Mostly graded, but last few miles before townsite meanders up and down steep hills. Trip to pumping station is mix of sandy washes and moderately steep rocky sections. Stock SUVs to townsite. Higher clearance and 4WD needed to reach pumping station.


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.

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Access Description

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.