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    Does anyone know how to reach Canyon Diablo? We have been to Two Guns many times but have only found vague directions to Canyon Diablo, causing my husband to not want to "find" the town. I would really appreciate any help as I have my heart set on seeing the town.

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    Visit Colorado Ghost Towns at http://www.rockymountainprofiles.com

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    Thanks for the map Mike, I have googled the location numerous times, trying to locate exact directions via google is impossible.

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    Were you able to make it out to Canyon Diablo? I have been there 3 times & it is a VERY rocky road to the town site. Alsso you can do a little hike & visit the gravesite of Herman Wolf, who has the only known remaining headstone there. He died in 1899. On my last vist there, I had a most unusual experience (strange to say the least!)

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    Widstoe, welcome to our forum. How recent was your visit, and can a 2-wheel drive pickup negotiate the route these days?

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    Last time was 2003. The road is rough with lots of sharp rocks, moderate clearance needed, but the trick is to go slow. I have never encountered any restrictions on accessing the townsite. The frontage road that parallells I-40 (and is directly across from Two Guns) is what becomes the road out to the townsite and the paved part quickly gives way to the aforementioned rough ride. Your vehicle should be fine, but I would avoid if it has rained recently.

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    The thought here is to revive this thread to update the Canyon Diablo story somewhat. As late as 1905 the Canyon Diablo region was still lawless with a few residents left. An interesting story here about the John Shaw shoot-out and his last (posthumous) glass of whiskey.... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canyon_Diablo_Shootout You just can't make this stuff up. I found this link on Roamin' Rich's great series of Rt 66 videos:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVApdeg5sc0

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    Neat link. Very interesting. Thanks. I've not made it out there but I'm getting new tires on my 4Runner soon so maybe I'll head out and get some updated pics. It's be a quick trip out there for me so hopefully I can do it in the next month or so. I'll be sure to post pics.

    This is a bit off-topic but I've heard from a business friend here in Flagstaff and there are some references on the web (http://www.roadsideresort.com/blog/r...stworld-remake), that Russell Crowe has purchased Two Guns (located just south of Canyon Diablo) and is planning on remaking the Yul Brenner/James Brolin movie 'West World' there. Back in 2008 or so I was elk hunting with a friend in Diablo Canyon and we went into Two Guns from the south. There wasn't a guard or caretaker present and we checked the area out pretty well. Interesting place.

    Thanks again for the link.

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    My first post here, but this caught my attention I so I thought I would share this link.

    http://www.rerowland.com/canyon_diablo.html

    That was written by my mother in law in 1994 when her and my father came for a visit while I was living in Flagstaff, it was published as a web page by her current husband in 2005. At that point in her life she was a retired GRL (government reference librarian) and had done much research on the area. As best I recall she was in some way related to Fred Volz.

    I won't comment on the current road conditions since it's been 18 years but we made it in just fine in a Honda Civic.

    Those interested may want to archive that page as both my MIL and her husband are getting on in years and I doubt that site will be maintained for much longer.

    Thanks,
    Tad

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    I'll try to post this again: http://www.rerowland.com/canyon_diablo.html
    That was written by my fathers second wife back in 1994 and later published in web format by her current husband in 2005.

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