I've jumped into this a little too late, so I hope I'm not repeating
anything already said. I LOVE rockhounding, but haven't been in a
while. Patagonia used to be one of my favorite places. After you
get up near Camp Washington, or Duquesne there was a plethura of mines
everywhere you turned.
Unfortunately, the entire top of that mountain has been parceled off
and SOLD recently. I went up there (this past spring) for the first
time in a year or two. I was shocked. Even the town of Duquesne has
been sold. From Duquesne, you can only go a short distance before
the whole mountaintop is literally gated - padlock and all. I
stopped and talked to a couple of landowners just before the gate, who
were clearing the land to make their "dream house", and they confirmed
that everything was sold off.
As we were returning on the way down the mountain, we stopped a
little past Duquesne (about 1/4 mile), where there were no "no
trespassing" signs, and there appeared to be a dump site on the side
of the road. We stopped and while we were poking around, we were
kicked out by the new owners of Duquesne, saying it was their land.
I was deeply saddened, as this whole area is one of the first rock
hounding getaways I experienced here - the views of the earth below
are spectacular - so quiet and beautiful - no one around - such
I know one of the roads is still opened and leads to a state or
national forest. There may be other roads to explore, and a few
dump sites lower down the mountain, but most of them are well picked
over, plowed down, etc.
There IS, however, a back road, on the Mexican side, which would
bring you around the back of the mountain and around to the same area.
I remember this being a dirt road, where you pass through lots of
farm land. The road is very narrow and very rough as you go up
(could be a white knuckle experience, depending upon the car and the
driver!). There may be lots more to explore in that direction.
Either way you will have a beautiful ride, but maybe not the
treasure hunt you were expecting.
This is all off the top of my head - if anyone has any further
questions, you can contact me, and I will try to find out more
specific I'm definitely a kindred spirit in the rock