Abandoned Mineral Belt Railroad Tunnel

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#1

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#2

Can one camp inside tunnel?? Nice 2 know IF safe for.
Put on GPS coordinates 2 for others & for rescue


#3

I don’t know about the restrictions on dispersed camping in that part of the Tonto National Forest (you could call the ranger’s office in Payson, AZ, they would know better) but as far as safety or logistical concerns, it shouldn’t be a problem. When I was there it looked like there were the remains of a fairly recent firepit outside the tunnel, so it’s possible you’re not the first to consider camping there.