Desert discovery

This rugged drive has history and scenery

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Backroad adventure
A high-clearance vehicle is recommended. You'll cross several watercourses; if the first, at the Agua Fria River, is passable, the rest should be clear as well. Contact the Tonto National Forest for current road conditions. For maps and more information, visit the Arizona Public Lands Information Center: 222 N. Central Ave., Ste. 101, Phoenix; (800) 986-1151. For more on Agua Fria National Monument, contact the BLM: www.az.blm.gov/pfo/index.html or (623)580-5500.

33708 Harold's Corral. $$-$$$; breakfast, lunch, dinner daily. 6895 E. Cave Creek Rd.; (480) 488-1906.

Sears-Kay Ruin. Open daylight hours; free. Off Cave Creek Rd.; (480) 595-3300.

Cave Creek Mistress Mine. 8-6 daily; $1.  45402 N. Seven Springs Rd., Cave Creek; (480) 488-0842.

Tonto National Forest. Camping or picnicking at Seven Springs is $4 per vehicle per day. (480) 595-3300.

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