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Colonel Devin Trail 290 and Railroad Tunnel

  • Railroad Tunnel hike near Payson AZ
  • Going nowhere on this railroad
  • Railroad tunnel to nowhere

Highlights:


  • This short but challenging hike leads to the Mineral Belt Railroad Tunnel.
  • The tunnel was supposed to go through the Mogollon Rim to facilitate the transport ore but the plans were short lived.

Colonel Devin Trail 290 and Railroad Tunnel

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This short but challenging hike is named for Colonel Thomas C. Devin, leader of a military maneuver sent to round up renegade Apaches. It is also referred to as the Mineral Belt Railroad Tunnel hike and leads to a "tunnel to nowhere." The plan in the 1880s was to construct a tunnel through the Mogollon Rim to facilitate the transport of ore from Globe. The venture ran short of funds and the tunnel was never completed.

Along the way, hikers are treated to beautiful scenery. On top of the rim is the location of the Apache Battle of Big Dry Wash, the last major skirmish with the Apache. From Payson, go north on Hwy. 87 and turn right on Forest Road 300, 12.2 miles east of 87 to Battle Monument on the north side of FR 300. Take trail 290 one-half mile to Trail 390 and proceed about another .25 miles up to the tunnel. An alternate access is 100 yards east of Washington Park Trailhead on the Highline Trail. 
 
 
 
 

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