A 4x4 road to Tip Top, an abandoned ghost town
Tip Top is an abandoned ghost town located in Yavapai County in the U.S. state of Arizona. The trip to this quiet town will require a 4-wheel drive vehicle in good condition.
The road to Tip Top, known as Tip Top Trail, passes through remote areas, so you need to be prepared. The Tip Top Mine was discovered in 1875 and a Post Office was established there in 1880 and closed in 1895. Many foundations along the side of the road and the main mine even has the door still left on it. Once among the top 3 most populous cities in Arizona, Tip Top is a truly neat place to see. Ruins span the beautiful canyon for nearly 2 miles. You can easily spend a good portion of time exploring this old ghost town. After the town, the road that leads to Crown King is in extremely poor condition and can be a dangerous, as well as a long trip.
Due to the remoteness of the area, take special care to ensure that your vehicle is ready for the trip. Be for-warned it’s a rough road adventure that should only be taken in cool months. The surface on this gravel road is often loose, especially along the sides of the road. Most stock high-clearance SUVs with 4WD can reach the mine. It is a beautiful trip through canyons, creeks and ridges, decorated with saguaro and mesquite forests. As of October 2020, this trail has been reported closed as the area is undergoing land changes.