|Sun setting on the Superstition Mountains|
These mountains have long been a place of unexplained paranormal stories and thus the name. We set out to explore them as soon as I returned from Montreal. First stop was a museum that explained the history of the area. While there we met a couple who told us the best way to see the mountains was to take a 100 mile circular drive through the mountains with a side trip to see the world's largest copper mine. (We've learned that everything is the "worlds largest or best" here in the US).
So off we went into the mountains:
First stop. The copper mine. The mining company was kind enough to provide a viewing area where we could get a good look into the mine and some information panels telling us about the mine.
Below is a panorama of the mine
It was impossible to get a picture of of the complete mine with my camera. Below is a photo showing very large trucks working down in the mine. They are like the huge trucks used in the oil sands.
And this is a fly over photo of the mine from one of the panels:
It is large indeed!
We left the mine, and headed further into the mountains and the Tonto National Forest. There were a lot of mining operations along our drive:
And then we came to the Tonto National Monument. An area preserved by the Federal Government because it contains cliff dwellings occupied in the 13th, 14th and early 15th centuries.
It looked like a long way up but worth the climb:
|Cliff dwellings are at the red X in the upper left corner|
|About half way up|
|You can see the rooms inside the cave|
Then we headed back down to the car:
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