Rock Murals in Chloride Painted By Roy Purcell
Chloride is a tiny town off the side of the highway in Arizona that you would totally drive past if you weren’t looking for it. Despite what you may read, Chloride isn’t a ghost town! They do have a small area of the town designed to look like an old western ghost town (you can read more about that in my other post, here) and on certain days they even have gun fight reenactments! Chloride is actually thought to the the oldest continuously inhabited mining town in Arizona and is now “famous” for murals painted up in the hillside by artist Roy Purcell.
The murals were originally painted in 1966 when Roy was taking a break from his masters degree and visited his hometown. They’ve surprisingly stood the test of time and it wasn’t until 2006 that Roy returned to repaint the murals. I wasn’t sure that I was going to be able to get to the murals in my tiny little compact rental car. All the reviews I had read online said that the road isn’t for the faint of heart and many recommended a truck or a jeep…but I was determined to see the murals and was so exhausted from the rest of my trip felt I deserved to drive to them, damnit!
So, I set out slowly and carefully navigated my way around a few small rocks and dips in the road following the painted arrows on the rocks. I’d say I managed to get 3/4 of the way in my car before calling it and walking the remaining 10 minutes. There was a bigger rock in the middle of the road and I had visions of myself getting stuck and the locals taunting me because I didn’t listen to the warnings about the road….I’m stubborn and determined, but I’d like to think not to a fault (all the time) haha!
Have you ever seen rock murals or anything like this? Definitely add Roy Purcell’s murals in Chloride, Arizona to your bucket list for the Southwest!