Description: This drive passes through historic mining country dating back over 140 years. Drivers enjoy a beautiful mountain drive and many important historic stops along the way, including Bumble Bee, Cleator and Crown King. Crown King Road is a wide gravel road suitable for passenger cars when dry. The road climbs rapidly as it nears the town of Crown King. A high-clearance vehicle is recommended for Senator Highway beyond Crown King where the road is rough and narrow.
Time & Distance: This is a full-day adventure especially if driven from Phoenix or Flagstaff. The dirt road portion of the trip is over 70 miles. You’ll want to stop frequently, so start early and allow plenty of time.
Trail Conditions: Prescott N.F., Bradshaw Ranger Districts. Call (928) 443-8000. In winter, call Crown King General Store @ (928) 632-7911.
Directions to the Trail: Get off I-17 at exit 248 and head northwest to Bumble Bee. If you are coming from the north, you might elect to get off at exit 259. Head west, then south to connect to Crown King Road north of Bumble Bee. Those coming from Prescott would likely head south on the Senator Highway and drive the trail in the reverse direction.
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