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Williams Ranch Road Review

Take in panoramic views and see limestone cliffs up close on this 7¼-mile, one-way drive over what was once the Butterfield Overland Mail Stage Line. The closest highway, U.S. 62/180, parallels a segment of the old trail. The route is rough—you need a high-clearance, four-wheel-drive vehicle—but enjoyable. It takes about an hour. The road leads to an old ranch house at the base of a 3,000-foot cliff, where James "Dolph" Williams worked with his partner, an Indian named Geronimo (no relation to the historical figure). This is a day-trip only; overnight parking prohibited. The drive is locked, so pick up a gate key at Headquarters Visitor Center.

Updated: 10-21-2013

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