Reef is located in the southwest corner of
Cochise county close to
Mexican line on the side of the Huachuca Mountains. Named for a conspicuous reef of rock
(Carr Reef), a series of quartzite cliffs running along the eastern side
of the Huachuca Mountains., a noted landmark. This mining camp in
Huachuca mountains was active from the 1880's to the early 1900's.
Silver, gold and Tungsten was mined here. This mining camp was later
named Palmerlee and then Garces. Post office established
January 7, 1901.
This camp is located at a
high elevation and can only be visited in the spring, summer or fall,
winter is not recommended due to snowfall. The road to the camp is
a one lane switchback road which isn't too bad going up as you're
against the wall when a passing situation does occur...coming down
you're on the drop side which is not my preference! The camp is
located in the Ramsey Vista campground. A short hiking trail will
take you here where you'll be able to wander around the remains of old
mining digs and the foundations of an ore mill. There are tent
sites that are actually located on the foundations of the town's
original buildings. There is a charge for overnight or day use.
Please call the Sierra Vista Coronada National Forest District Office at
520-378-0311 for more information.
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