After all of the beautiful mountain scenery, you reach the end of the National Forest and suddenly enter the Morenci open pit copper mine. It is the largest copper mine in the Northern Hemisphere. It is impossible to describe or show the immensity of the mine. These are the best photos I have. I have more text after this set of photos.
There is an observation point to look down at the mine and take photos. The tire in this photo is 15 feet tall. Our vehicle is 12 feet tall, and if it wasn’t for the fact that the tire is about 10 feet behind us, you could get a better idea of the size. The vehicles that use these tires are too small to see in any of my photos.
Past all of this is the new town of Morenci. The original Morenci is now part of the mine. We stopped for groceries in Morenci and then dumped our tanks in Clifton, the next town.