Images: Rock Art by Roy Purcell in Chloride, Arizona

Chloride, Arizona, is a living ghost town.

It’s an odd village with crumbling buildings, a bizarre collection of yard art and an impressive number of tractors. More than 72 mines used to operate in Chloride, and remnants of many of them can still be seen today. There are a few small corner shops where people sell gifts and cold sodas, and occasionally a ghost is spotted wandering around, but other than that, there’s not a whole lot going on in this high desert town.

Except one thing …

Located between Boulder City, Nevada, and Kingman, Arizona, off of US 93, Chloride is the home to a massive rock mural painted by Roy Purcell. The mural is painted across several rocks that are located on the far side of the town. The entire collection of paintings stands 30 feet tall and is known as “The Journey.” It depicts several symbols that have spiritual meanings such as the yin and yang, the serpent and the sun and moon. Purcell originally painted the rocks in 1966 and 1967, and  they have been restored since then, so the colors are bright and vibrant.

If you visit “The Journey,” keep a few things in mind.

> There aren’t a lot of facilities in this part of Arizona, so fill up with gas before visiting.
> Carry water with you. This is the high desert, so it is dry year round and it can be exceedingly hot in the summertime.
> Nothing protects this art, so please be respectful and avoid vandalizing it.

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10 Responses to “Images: Rock Art by Roy Purcell in Chloride, Arizona”

  1. Chris

    I never heard of this place. Sounds like an interesting thing to see. I’m sure the locals must have fun with all the visitors coming into town.

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    • JoAnna

      There’s hardly anyone living in the town, and the people passing through seem to just be part of the landscape.

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    • JoAnna

      We took a half day to make the trip. We thought it was completely worth it.

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    • JoAnna

      I agree! We found it in a guide for day trips from Las Vegas, and it was definitely worth the drive!

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  2. Abi

    Lovely intro! I love finding street art too…

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    • JoAnna

      I haven’t been all that lucky to find great street art, but I do find hints of artistic talent in nature that surprise me.

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    • Turtle

      In fact, it was such a good intro that Abigail used it as an example in her talk at TBU! 🙂
      The rest of the story (and the photos) are just as good too! Great find!

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      • JoAnna

        Thanks! She gave me a heads up that it was going to be used. I’m glad you enjoyed the story and photos.

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