Crown King is a high mountain town at an elevation of 5,771ft (1.759m) above the sea level, in the pine forest of the Bradshaw Mountains, in Yavapai County, Arizona, in United States.
The road to the town is called Crown King Road/Forest 259 Road, going from Interstate 17 to the town. The road is 23.9 miles long. It’s a long good dirt road. Most of this route is easy to moderate; however, there are a few difficult places that will challenge stock vehicles. This trail passes through remote areas, so you need to be prepared. It has gotten worse over the years, especially the steepest part in the last four miles. Erosion has exposed more rocks and deep ruts have formed. Aggressive stock vehicles with good articulation can get up this trail but they may need to stack rocks or be helped with a tow strap.
The road follows an abandoned railroad bed for most of the drive. Do not travel this road in severe weather conditions. This is a challenging four-wheel-drive route but is also a great historical tour. On the way you’ll notice signs of recent wild fires and mud slides that followed. Along the way, you’ll pass several abandoned mines, collapsing cabins and ghost towns. Crown King Road continues to climb uphill as it passes by more mines on both sides and comes to a high point at 13.0 miles.
Pic: Carl Chapman