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Hike to an old Railroad Tunnel!

Payson, Arizona



3 miles

Elevation Gain

505 ft

Route Type



Added by Dan Deublein

Explore the Mogollon Rim as you hike to an old Railroad Tunnel!

The Railroad Tunnel Trailhead is located off of Forest Road 300 across from General Springs. Look for a large rock historical marker for the 'Battle of Big Dry Wash' and park your vehicle. 

On the opposite side of the road, you will notice power lines which follow the Colonel Devin Trail. Continue down this trail for 0.5 miles until you see a sign for the Railroad Tunnel Trail located on the left. At this point, you have descended over 700 feet as the trail starts to ascend. 

You will reconnect with the Colonel Devin Trail on a switchback, this is the junction where you continue hiking forward if the trail is unmarked. The trail at this point starts to become steep, so be careful. 

As you approach, you will notice a rock structure at the entrance of the Railroad Tunnel which once served as the Powder House. The tunnel was intended to be 3,100 feet in length before James W. Eddy filed bankruptcy. All in all, the tunnel is approximately 70 feet deep and provides a rock-like picture frame of the Mogollon Rim. 

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