Explore Arizona: Clifton and Morenci Road Trip

Hello everyone! We are the Amaya family and I am documenting and sharing with you our family road trips. We do hope that you enjoy reading and get some ideas on our family road trips. We are trying to explore all the towns here in Arizona, United Staes. And when my husband told me that we’re going to visit the place where he was born, I couldn’t wait. I’m so excited to see the place where my husband grew up.


So, it’s time to get ready and prepare the things to bring for a one day road trip. Since it’s only a day road trip, we don’t need to bring many things. But here are the important list that we always bring on a road trip.

  1. water/ reusable bottled water- In every road trip we go, water is the most important to keep us hydrated. Especially that it’s our first time to visit there, we do not know if there are stores along the road where we can buy stuffs and we don’t want to keep stopping just to buy water. Staying hydrated is crucial.
  2. Snacks- I always packed snacks everytime we go on road trips. I want to enjoy the trip. I want to feed my eyes and my tummy. I think we will not enjoy the trip if we are hungry. Since we have kids with us, snacks is very important. I also include gums or mint.
  3. Iphone- I always make sure that my iPhone is 100% charged before going on a road trip. I need to capture many photos as much as I want.
  4. Ipad- My iPad is the backup of my iPhone. I don’t have a DSLR camera. Well, you can bring whatever you want as a backup.
  5. Charger/ USB cord- Even if I have a backup for my iPhone, I still need to bring a charger. I’m sure someone needs it.
  6. Extra shirts
  7. Pocket money-well cashes very important as we don’t know the place if all stores accepts card. I’m sure some don’t .
  8. debit/credit card
  9. Sling bag-I always bring with me my sling bag to put all the important things like ID,cards, and money.
  10. Flashlight 
  11. Toilet roll, wet wives, tissue
  12. Travel pillow
  13. Reusable shopping bag/garbage bag
  14. Sunglasses
  15. Sun screen

There are still important things to bring like medicine for headache, hand sanitizer,hairbrush,but we always have it in my husband’s truck so I don’t need to worry about that. Now, since road trip essentials were ready, then we are ready to hit the road.

About Morenci Arizona:

Welcome to mining town of Arizona!

Morenci is located in Southeastern Arizona and is home to the Freeport-McMoRan’s copper mining operation ,the largest copper mines in the world.

We enjoyed our road trip to Morenci from Anthem Arizona. With music in the background while listening to my husband telling stories about his life growing up in Morenci and Clifton Arizona. It took us for about 4 to 5 hours drive to Morenci. As we drove from Anthem to Morenci, I noticed that there are only few vehicles on the road. If you see vehicles, they’re probably working at the mining place or in a road trip also.

Here are more of the photos of the beautiful views and scenery on our trip to Morenci Arizona.

First Stop: Clifton, Arizona

Clifton is the neighboring town of Morenci. As we enter the town, you will those beautiful rocks walls and wonderful cliffs. I stopped for a moment and took time to look around. My husband told me that he was in this place when it was washed and flooded. I couldn’t  imagine the place when it was flooded. it’s like there will be no place for the people to go if there’s flood. We went to the Clifton Visitor Center to know more information about Clifton and to get the directions on the places where we want to see and to get tips on what things to do in there.

We need to visit first the Clifton High School which was built year 1882. It was where my husband spent his High School years. Sadly, this school was now closed. So, all we did was just took a photo with the school building. i;m sure my hubby has  a lot of great memories in this school. i hoe they will not demolish this school building but just develop it into one of the historical sites. I am very grateful for having a chance to visit and explore the place.

We then visited the Historic sites of Clifton Arizona. We parked the truck and explore the place. We walked around at the park, posed and took pictures. The park has a wonderful view.

We tried to get inside the Clifton Jail that was built in 1881 and according to my husband “Billy The Kid” was jailed in there. I am just so curious who is this ” Billy The Kid”. So I tried to google and really give time to read on the story of this kid who died at the young age. I’m sad as I am reading with the life story of this kid. As a mother, my heart was broke and couldn’t imagine if I have a son and will encounter the same thing as “Billy The Kid has” I am sadden. Truly, Clifton has rich in history. It was a great experience to be jailed for minutes. Though the kids was a little bit scared to get inside. it was like a cave but you will see a jail room and shackles inside.

Took a photo with the little steam locomotive. We then went back to the truck and drove around Clifton. Though Clifton is not a tourist attraction but it’s worth to visit to. 

My husband showed us the house where he lived before. It’s still there but no one lives in there anymore. There are many abandoned houses and buildings. the place looks like a ghost town but you will see that there are still many people living in this town.

We parked the truck and walked on the streets. We then enter in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. No one is there, but the church was so clean, then my daughter tried to play on their piano. While I’m listening the music that my daughter played on the piano, I looked around the church and I’m so amazed of the structure.


Then, we visited the Ray’S A Vintage Clifton. It is a place that sells collections of old but cool stuff. We enjoyed reading and looking of their old collections like furnitures, dolls, bottles, books, old kitchen utensils, paper money from other countries and more. My daughter bought an old book. Then I saw a bottle that has a print Manila, so we bought it and an old paper money from Thailand. I’m just so intrigued with this soda bottle why there’s a word “Manila” in there. I’m sure there’s a story behind this bottle. Manila is the capital of the country Philippines, the country where I came from. We bought it as a souvenir. but until now I can’t still find the answer why there’s a word manila on the bottle.

We stopped at PJ’s restaurant for lunch. It is a family owned restaurant located in the heart of Clifton. They have plenty of awesome foods to choose from. It’s a great place to eat for everyone.

After driving around Clifton, we then drove to Morenci Mining Town just a few miles up the road. Such a beautiful view as we headed to the mining area. They have the place where you will see the whole mining area. I’m sure it’s a safe place and this mining company follow the trick safety and environmental protocols and comply those mining regulations. it’s my first time to see a huge tire.

My husband drove us to the place wherein you will see many big mining equipments. The place looks scary. It was so quiet and like a haunted place . No one was there and they are not using those big equipments anymore. It could be a nice historical place or they can make it into a museum and put all those big trucks and equipments there.

After visiting the mining place, we drove back to Clifton and we got a chance to met the former mayor of Clifton. My husband has a great time talking to the former mayor and the friendly people of Clifton.

Now, it’s time to go home and bring all those memories in our hearts. Thanks much for reading!


  1. Crystal

    I love all the pictures! Never been there, would love to visit!

  2. Your great trip and photos make me want to long for a summer roadtrip. I loved the scenary and your tips were spot on for a roadtrip.

  3. Arizona looks so beautiful. It has been on my bucket list for a long time and I do hope to get there soon. great photos.

  4. I would love to explore this part of Arizona. The hiking and views would be so awesome.

  5. Beautiful pictures and interesting read! I’ve been to Arizona once when I was really young and it was a really great experience! I’m glad your family enjoyed themselves!

  6. wow, so many things to do 🙂 looks like you guys had a blast 🙂 thank you for sharing your journey and experiences 🙂

  7. What gorgeous photos. This would be such an amazing road trip! I would love to do something like this one day.

  8. Thanks for the list of things to bring. Will come in handy on this trip I’m planning. Your photos are stunning btw. Wow

  9. Looks like you had a wonderful road trip. Arizona is very beautiful, can’t wait to visit it the future.

  10. Olga Zak

    Nice pictures and interesting read! I loved the scenery and your tips were spot on for a road trip. Arizona looks so beautiful.

  11. Olga Zak

    What gorgeous photos. Thank you for sharing your journey and experiences.

  12. Gen

    Are you a filipina? 😊 Heard so much about Arizona. Great photos you got there and see,s like you really enjoyed your trip.

  13. Ada

    What an awesome road trip! Love your photos! My packing list definitely includes so many of yours like snacks and a fully charged phone!

  14. Those places are so beautiful! I am sure you all had a great time, full with adventures!

  15. What lovely pictures! It is always fun to visit the hometown of your significant other — to hear the stories and to see how things have changed. It looks like you had a great time!

  16. It looks awesome! Would love to visit Arizona one day

  17. What a fantastic sounding road trip, so many things to see and do! Your road trip packing list is very much like mine.

  18. It seems like you really enjoyed the trip. This modern times it is surprising but yes I agree a full-charged phone is a must. I feel unsafe without it.

  19. Gosh, what an incredible place to visit! I’d love to visit Arizona one day – America is currently unexplored territory for me.

  20. Looks like a lovely trip for the whole family. Great as well that you were able to drop by and visit even the former Mayor.

  21. Kiwi

    What a beautiful family trip to Arizona! I am loving the scenic views this was great way to kickstart the summer.

  22. First of all, the pictures are so surreal and breathtaking, that I may want to get my anther vacay right away. Secondly, your travel tips are what I follow always, especially the fully charged phone is a must. I also take a power bank with me at all times. Comes handy 🙂

  23. Aww you look so happy! I totally loved this post… One thing I loved about it was that you made a list with what to pack.. So helpful!

  24. hello,,Mar very nice place,……….

  25. It sounds and looks absolutely amazing! Your photos are beautiful x

  26. Arizona is gorgeous. It is super hot, but it is beautiful! Great post! Thanks for sharing your experiences…

  27. Your trip looks amazing! Love the ideas on what to bring with on a trip.

  28. Beautiful Family! looking forward for your family’s next adventure!

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