The mining town of Clifton, in far eastern Arizona, has had ups and downs over the 100+ years of it’s existence. It’s position along the San Francisco River in a steep valley makes for interesting photography.
The towns of Clifton and Morenci Arizona are home to one of the largest copper mines in the world, having been that way for well over 100 years. Clifton has had booms and busts, leading to an interesting mix of seemingly desolate, but next door to the massive, very active mine.
The train station however has been beautifully restored, offering a view of the houses along the hillside across the tracks.
As you leave town headed north for the Coronado Trail (U.S. 191 – formerly Arizona 666) you reach the mine, completely destroying the mountains.
Fortunately after a couple of miles you leave this behind and arrive to a wonderful 100 miles of nature.