On April 1, I drove out to the San Pedro River for a Members Only hike provided by the docents of the Friends of the San Pedro River. For those of you who do not know, the San Pedro River is one of the last perennial rivers in Arizona and the Friends of the San Pedro River are adamant about continuing to protect its status.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) manages San Pedro Riparian
It also provides invaluable habitat for 250 species of migrant and wintering birds and contains archaeological sites representing the remains of human occupation from 13,000 years ago. The river banks are lined with huge mature cottonwood trees.
Also on the banks of the San Pedro river are the ruins of 19th century towns built to process and haul silver ore from the Tombstone mines. Fairbank is partially restored, but Charleston has mostly disappeared. Both had cemeteries.
I had been anticipating this hike to the Charleston Cemetery with the Friends since our hike to the ghost town of Charleston 2 years ago. Due to the fact that the cemetery is more than a mile from the town of Charleston, the cemetery is difficult to find, but trekking there is half the fun.
Most hikes and tours given by the Friends are free. The cemetery hike was a Members Only trip, making it a good reason to support the group. The Friends of the San Pedro River along with the BLM are the caretakers of this precious river environment with it's rich history. Now on to the story of the hike and what I found.Read More