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Arizona OHV Trails and Places to Ride
 
 

Important Information

There are numerous opportunities for OHV recreation in Arizona. Local land management agencies have information and maps available. Please contact the local land management agencies for updated information on access, closures, rules and regulations, and other information prior to planning activities. Much of this information including maps was provided by the External Resources referenced in the top right column. Some of these areas are State Trust Land and a permit is required. You can now get your permit on-line by Clicking Here. Other areas require daily or annual use fees. Please contact BLM Field Offices and other local land management agencies for updated fee information.

 

Alto Pit OHV Area

  • Information: A 400-acre site that includes a 13-acre cross country area open to ATVs and trail bikes, 8 miles of designated trails for ATVs and trail bikes, and a beginner's course for vehicles under 90cc.

  • Location: Four miles west of Prescott on Iron Springs Road.

  • Facilities: include restrooms, picnic tables, fire rings, loading/unloading area, and shade ramadas are available for day use. There is a day use fee of $3. On Jan. 1, 2009 the fee will increase to $5. At this time, group camping requires special-use permit. Future intentions are to provide OHV camping. Ponderosa pine forest type. All seasons, occasional snow in winter.

  • Contacts:

Apache Trail

  • Overview: Scenic drive between Apache Junction and Roosevelt Lake. Pavement ends shortly after Tortilla Flat, but the road is well-graded and suitable for passenger cars.

  • Directions: Take U.S. 60 east to Idaho Road, go north to SR 88, turn right and follow signs.

  • Drive time: About 3 hours.

  • Distance: 39.3 miles from Lost Dutchman S.P. to Roosevelt Lake.

  • Camping: Developed campgrounds at Canyon, Apache and Roosevelt lakes.

  • Facilities: Restrooms, restaurants, stores, phone, at Canyon, Apache and Roosevelt marinas.

  • Map:

Arizona Strip

  • Permit: This is State Trust Land and a permit or OHV Decal is required. The OHV Decal allows for crossing State Trust Land and riding on trails only. All other activities requires a State Land Recreation Permit. You can get your permit on-line by Clicking Here.

  • Information: The Arizona Strip, "where the west stays wild," is that vast region of Arizona north of the Colorado River. Much of this remote and largely unsettled area is traversed by more than 5,000 miles of dirt roads. Road conditions range from well-maintained graded roads, to high clearance two-tracks, to challenging routes that require 4-wheel drive vehicles. No services are available in this largely back country area, so be prepared. Motorized vehicles are generally limited to existing routes, with wilderness areas closed and National Monuments limited to designated routes. Watch for signs in these areas. High Desert to Ponderosa Pine Forest. Generally all seasons, however, avoid use in wet weather.

  • Contacts:

Black Hills Back country Byway

  • Location: The south entrance is 16 miles east of Safford.

  • Information: The old Safford-Clifton Highway takes you back in time and offers challenging 4x4 side trips. High Desert. Spring, fall, winter seasons.

  • Contacts:

    • Bureau of Land Management,
      Safford Field Office
      (928) 348-4400
      www.az.blm.gov

Box Canyon / Coke Ovens

  • Access: Take U.S. 60 east to Florence Junction, then SR 79 south to Price Rd. (roughly 16 miles). Price Rd. is just north of the Gila River crossing. Go east on Price Rd. (dirt road) approximately 10 miles to a fork in the road, continue left leaving the railroad tracks.

  • Route: Shortly after entering Box Canyon you will need a 4x4. To Martinez Mine, about 1 hour. To Coke Ovens, 2 hours. Jeep trail into Coke Ovens is very scenic. This trip is a full day.
  • Rating: Rough to extreme. Worthy trip with right vehicle. Experienced drivers a must. 4x4 ONLY. Do trip in a caravan with no less than three vehicles-preferably five. Not recommended for newer SUV's.

  • Warning: Be very cognizant of the weather conditions up the watershed. Do not attempt after or during rain storms. Being caught unaware in Box Canyon will have dire consequences. Be prepared!

  • Map:


Bulldog Canyon

  • Access 1: Access FR 10 off Bush Highway through Lower Salt River Recreation Area, west of the bridge at Blue Point Recreation Site.

  • Access 2: FR 3554 off Usery Pass Rd., 3/4 mile north of Usery Pass Park.

  • Access 3: FR 10 from Apache Junction, off Idaho Rd. Take U.S. 60 east to Idaho Rd., north for 4.5 miles to McKellips Rd., turn left on Wolverine Pass Rd., turn right on Tonto Rd., to Cactus and turn left. Follow Cactus to FR 10 gate.

  • Conditions: Primitive road, 4x4 required in some areas.

  • Permit: Permit is required, although free. Obtain permit from the Mesa Ranger District Office. Lock combinations needed to open gates.

  • Restrictions: Operate vehicles only on designated OHV roads. This use area is subject to closure on days when a High Pollution Advisory (HPA) for particulate matter (PM10) has been issued.  Before leaving home, check to see if a PM10 HPA has been issued. Click Here


  • Contacts:

Bumble Bee / Mayer

  • Overview: Very scenic drive through all climate zones and topographies, includes old mining towns, wildlife, dense chaparral, tall pines and quacky aspens.

  • Time Allowed: This is a long, hard trip, requiring a full day. Let others know your route and return time. Make sure your vehicle is in top working order, have plenty of fuel, water, snacks, blankets and a cell phone. Almost 70 miles of dirt road.

  • Rating:

    • Crown King Road: Easy, 28 miles of gravel road with washboard and narrow bridges but accessible by passenger car.

    • FR 52 (Senator Hwy.) & FR 67: Moderate, 29 miles of narrow primitive forest road, high-clearance vehicle required and 4X4 needed during inclement weather. Crown King to Prescott on FR 52, 38 miles.

    • Horsethief Basin Recreation Area: 3.5-acre lake, fishing, 3 small campgrounds (fee), picnic area, hiking trails.

  • Season: Year-round, best April through Oct. Check road conditions during winter months.

  • Map:

Castle Hot Springs

  • Overview: Graded-gravel road that runs through several creek beds and river bottoms, some rocky spots, 4X4 needed after or during bad weather. Drive past the old Castle Hot Springs Resort.

  • Directions: Take I-17 north to Carefree Highway/SR 74 go west; before Morristown, turn right onto Castle Hot Springs Road.

  • Drive Time: 3 hrs.

  • Distance: 36.7 miles Morristown to Lake Pleasant.

  • Camping: Developed campgrounds and picnic areas at Lake Pleasant

  • Facilities: Gas, food and lodging in Wickenburg

  • Restrictions: This use area is subject to closure on days when a High Pollution Advisory (HPA) for particulate matter (PM10) has been issued.  Before leaving home, check to see if a PM10 HPA has been issued. Click Here

  • Map:


Crossroads

  • Location: Crossroads OHV Area is on the California side of the Colorado River. From the AZ 95, cross the river at Parker Dam and travel south on Parker Dam Road. From Parker, Ariz., cross the river to California and travel nine miles north on Parker Dam Road. The OHV area is located on the west side of the road, nine miles northeast of Parker.

  • Description: The Crossroads OHV Area is a 1,500-acre "Open" area. Vehicle use in the area surrounding the OHV area is limited to designated routes. The staging area provides a paved parking lot, restroom, loading ramp and bulletin board. Riding opportunities in this OHV area include the sand washes and trails throughout the bajada.

    These facilities were paid for and maintained with grant funds from California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation. Please support this program by maintaining current registration on your off-highway vehicle.

  • Best Season: Fall to Spring. It is advised that you contact BLM's Lake Havasu Field Office or the National Weather Service for current road conditions and weather forecasts.

  • Nearby Recreation Sites and Areas:

    • Empire Landing Campground
    • Crossroads Campground
    • Emerald Cove Resort
    • Rock House Boat Ramp
    • Windmill Resort
    • Desert Rivera Resort
    • River Land Resort
    • Rio Del Colorado Resort
    • Parker Dam Back Country Byway

  • Contacts:

 

Crosscut/Mud Springs

  • Location: Take Highway 87 North of Fountain Hills towards Payson. Drive past the Four Peaks turn and then up and over the ridge. At the bottom of the hill you will see a sign for Mesquite Wash (it's the first bridge at the bottom) Mile Marker 212 and turn left just after crossing the bridge over the wash. Cross the south-bound lanes and follow the dirt road on the West side of 87 down into the trees.

    When staging at this location you ride the Sycamore Creek trails first then the CrossCut/Mud Springs trails.

    If you want to ride Crosscut/Mud Springs first, turn right after the bridge and follow the road around to the left.

Copper Basin Dunes

  • Location: 12 miles northeast of Parker. Copper Basin Dunes OHV area is on the California side of the Colorado River. From Arizona Highway 95, cross the river at Parker Dam and travel south on Parker Dam Road. From Parker, Arizona, cross the river to California and travel 12 miles north on Parker Dam Road. The OHV staging area is on the west side of the road across from Big Bend Resort.

  • Description: The Copper Basin Dunes OHV Area is a 1,275 acre "Open" area. Vehicle use in the area surrounding the OHV area is limited to designated routes. The staging area provides a paved parking lot, restroom, loading ramp and bulletin board. Riding opportunities in this OHV area include the sand dunes, trails throughout the bajada and up into the canyons. These facilities were paid for and maintained with grant funds from California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation. Please support this program by maintaining current registration on your off-highway vehicle.

  • Best Season: Fall to Spring. It is advised that you contact BLM's Lake Havasu Field Office or the National Weather Service for current road conditions and weather forecasts.

  • Nearby Recreation Sites and Areas:

    • Empire Landing Campground
    • Crossroads Campground
    • Emerald Cove Resort
    • Rock House Boat Ramp
    • Windmill Resort
    • Desert Rivera Resort
    • River Land Resort
    • Rio Del Colorado Resort
    • Parker Dam Back Country Byway

  • Contacts:

Cinder Hills OHV Area

  • Near Flagstaff, is a 13,500 acre OHV area. There is both open riding and miles of single track trails. Dispersed camping is allowed but there are no facilities such as water or restrooms. To get to the Cinder Hills OHV Area, take U.S. 89 north from Flagstaff. Approximately 3/4 mile past milepost 426 turn east on Forest Service Road 776 and follow the signs. More information on the Cinder Hills OHV Area can be obtained by contacting the Coconino National Forest, Peaks Ranger District, 5075 N. Highway 89, Flagstaff, AZ 86004. Phone (928) 526-0866.
  • Route: Take U.S. 89 to FR 441 (3 miles north of Flagstaff), go north to OHV area. Take FR 776 (Hardened rd.) for two miles to the first of several parking areas with loading/unloading rams. The three parking areas are listed on the map.

  • Conditions: FR 776, and first section of FR 777, are hardened roads. OHVs or 4x4s are recommended on all other roads.

  • Restrictions: Some portions restricted. Stay on designated routes if signed. Glass containers not permitted. Campfires may be restricted.

  • Warning:The Sunset Crater National Monument and Strawberry Crater Wilderness are closed to all off-highway vehicles.

  • Map:

  • Contacts

    • Coconino National Forest
      Peaks District: 928-526-0866
      Main Information Line: 928-501-1710
      www.fs.fed.us/r3/coconino


    • Flagstaff Visitors
      928-774-9541
      www.flagstaffarizona.org


    • Sunset Crater National Monument
      6400 N. Hwy 89, Flagstaff Visitor Information: 928-526-0502 Visitor Information, HQ: 928-526-1157 www.nps.gov/sucr/


    • Road Conditions
      Arizona Department of Transportation
      888-411-7623
      www.azdot.gov

Desert Wells Multiuse Area

  • Gate Closures - Effective as of Monday, May 19, 2008
    Gates 1-4, 6-10 and Access B are all being closed due to safety concerns and new construction soon to be happening on the Southern end of this use area. Most trails listed on this map are still open to ride on, these gate closures are to control where users enter and exit the use area. Access A, Access C and Gate 5 will all remain open for use. Always stay on marked roads and trails.

  • Permit: This is State Trust Land and a permit or OHV Decal is required. The OHV Decal allows for crossing State Trust Land or for riding on trails. All other activity requires a State Land Recreation Permit. You can get your permit on-line by Clicking Here. You can also obtain that permit at the State Land Department by calling (602) 364-2753 or at the Explore Arizona Outdoor Information Center (602) 417-9300.

  • Information: The Desert Wells Multiuse Area is located in Pinal County, AZ. It is a multiuse area where OHV users share the land with horseback riders, hikers, other outdoor recreationists, ranchers, gravel operations and other various partners. When using state trust land, you must stay on existing roads and trails. The Arizona Game and Fish Department encourages all visitors to the Desert Wells Multiuse Area to protect wildlife habitat and protect your rights to ride by keeping it legal.

  • June 23 , 2009 - The Desert Wells rules, regs and map brochure is now available at Arizona State Land Department Offices, the State Parks Office, the Game and Fish Region 6 Office in Mesa and the Game and Fish Headquarters on Carefree Highway. Stop in or call for a hard copy brochure or download the new PDF by clicking here.

  • Map:


Four Peaks to Roosevelt Lake

  • Route: From Mesa, take SR 87 to Four Peaks Rd. (FR 143). Remain on FR 143 to SR 188, go north on 188 to SR 87, turn south and return to the Valley.

  • Drive Time: FR 143; 3 to 4 hrs, total 6 hrs.

  • Scenery: Very scenic, although, in 1996, the Lone Fire burned thousands of acres on and around the peaks.

  • Caution: 4X4 is required on FR 143 after the Ballentine Trail. Erosion has damaged area trails, use them with great caution. Acquire latest trail information.

  • Season: Year-round, but closed during heavy snows.

  • Warning: One of the highest concentrations of black bears in Arizona. Campers, hikers and picnickers take appropriate precautions with food storage.

  • Map:


  • Contacts:

    • Tonto National Forest
      Tonto Basin Ranger District: 928-467-3200
      Mesa Ranger District: 480-610-3300
      www.fs.fed.us/r3/tonto

    • Road Conditions
      Arizona Department of Transportation
      888-411-7623
      www.azdot.gov

Ghost Town Loop

  • Overview: Scenic mountain drive, encompassing five old mining camps and ghost towns: Harshaw, Mowry, Washington Camp, Duquesne and Lochiel. Harshaw and Duquesne are bona fide ghost towns with buildings yet leaning. You must remain on numbered routes.

  • Directions: From Patagonia, take small road just south of Post Office and follow the map.

  • Time Allowed: Full weekend.

  • Rating: Easy, well-maintained forest road suitable for standard SUVs and high-clearance passenger cars (dry weather only). Inclement weather may require 4X4.

  • Camping: Patagonia Lake State Park.

  • Season: Year-round, best Oct. - April.

  • Map:

Great Western Trail (Scottsdale)

Information: The Great Western Trail (GWT) is a long and primitive, shared-use route anticipated to run from Mexico to Canada through Arizona, Utah, Idaho, and Montana. The 800-mile Arizona Section of the GWT is nearly 50 percent complete and located on existing back country routes. North of Phoenix, the GWT traverses rugged and beautiful country on the Tonto, Prescott and Kaibab national forests, as well as BLM lands on the Arizona Strip. Some segments require vehicles to be highway-licensed/legal.

Gunsight Pass

  • Overview: Steep, narrow, rocky trail that climbs to 5,000 feet. Loose rock and ruts in some places, but can be navigated skillfully in stock 4x4 SUV, but experience is required. Popular ATV area.

  • Directions: From Tucson, take I-10 east to SR 83, go south to FR 231 (look for sign to Rosemont Jct.).

  • Facilities: Developed campground, fishing, boating, picnicking and hiking at Patagonia Lake State Park.

  • Map:

Harquahala Mountain Summit Road

  • Information: Rugged 3,000-foot and 10.5 mile climb to historic 1920 Smithsonian Solar Observatory. Site includes picnic areas, restrooms, access to historic hiking trail and primitive camping. Vehicle travel allowed only on existing routes. Sonoran Desert. Spring, fall, and winter seasons; hot in summer with thunderstorms, and wash outs on road.

  • Contacts:

    • Bureau of Land Management
      Hassayampa Field Office
      (623) 580-5500
      www.az.blm.gov

Hayfield Draw OHV Area

Near Cottonwood, provides a "tot lot" for beginners, a motocross track, 40 acres of open riding and over 120 miles of trails with the longest trail over 50 miles long. The staging area is south of U.S. Highway 260, approximately 5 1/2 miles west of I-17. Contact the Prescott National Forest, Verde Ranger District, P.O. Box 670, (300 East Highway 260), Camp Verde, AZ 86322, for further information. Phone (928) 567-4121. ATV trails also exist on the Apache-Sitgreaves, Tonto and Coronado National Forests.

  • Route: Take Interstate 17 north to Camp Verde, then SR 260 west for six miles to the OHV area. The Hayfield Draw OHV area is designated for cross-country, ATVs and motorcycle riding only.

  • Conditions: Day-use facility only. On Jan. 1, 2009 the day-use fee increases to $5. Toilets, ramadas, grills and tables available-no water. Always wear protective equipment. Operate vehicles only in designated OHV areas.

  • Map:


Hieroglyphic Mountains/ Boulders

  • Permit: This is State Trust Land and a permit or OHV Decal is required. The OHV Decal allows for crossing State Trust Land or riding on trails. All other activity requires a State Land Recreation Permit. You can get your permit on-line by Clicking Here.

  • Location: Numerous OHV routes that traverse the country between Lake Pleasant (east), Wickenburg (west), and Prescott National Forest (north). Boulders Staging Area, off Highway 74, between mileposts 11 and 12.

  • Information: Vehicle travel allowed only on existing routes. Boulders Staging Area, offers access, camping and restroom. Area is a mix of private, state and public land, so comply with signs, carry a map, and avoid trespass. Low Desert. Spring, fall, winter seasons. Access Guide for this area is available from Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

  • Restrictions: This use area is subject to closure on days when a High Pollution Advisory (HPA) for particulate matter (PM10) has been issued.  Before leaving home, check to see if a PM10 HPA has been issued. Click Here

  • Contacts:

Hot Wells Dunes Recreation Area

This 2,000 acre area of rolling sand dunes offers an open riding area for OHVs. There are low, sparsely vegetated dunes for those preferring a slower paced ride, while several larger dunes provide challenges for the more adventurous

riders. The area gets it's name from an artisan well that produces 250 gallons of hot water per minute. Facilities include developed campsites, toilets, fire grills, and of course, hot tubs. From Safford, travel seven miles east on Highway 70 and turn south on Haekel Road. Hot Wells is 25 miles. For more information contact the BLM Safford District Office at (928) 348-4400.

  • Access 1: From Safford go seven miles east on U.S. 70 to Haekel Rd., turn right, then 25 miles to OHV area.

  • Access 2: From Bowie, turn north on Central Ave., go to Fan Rd. Take Fan Rd. eight miles to Haekel Rd., then turn left nine miles to OHV area.

  • Access 3: Off U.S. 199 take Tanque Rd. east to Haekel Rd., then turn right to OHV area.

  • Conditions: 2,000 acres of rolling sand dunes, OHV's only.

  • Facilities: Two Artesian-well hot tubs. Camp-sites and facilities.

  • Fees: Recreation use fees of $3.00 per vehicle per day or an annual permit for $30.00 are collected at this recreation area as part of a congressionally initiated program to generate revenues for improvements and maintenance of federally-managed recreation sites.

Fees collected at the site are returned directly to the site to improve and maintain the access roads, campsites, restroom facilities, hot tubs, picnic areas, and parking areas. We ask everyone to be partners in this effort by paying a few dollars to enjoy the public lands a whole lot more.

Permit and fee not required for vehicles in tow. The annual permit must be obtained from the Safford BLM office, 711 14th Ave., Safford, AZ 85546, or call (928) 348-4400.

Hualapai Mountain OHV Trailhead

  • Information: Access to hundreds of miles of old mining routes near Kingman. Motorized use is limited to existing routes. Elevations range from 6,500 feet in the pines to 1,000 feet in the low desert. The facility is a fee area that offers cabins, camping and a staging area.

  • Contacts:

La Posa OHV Routes

  • Location: Area is located around Quartzsite, Ariz. at the intersection of Highway 95 and Interstate 10, with Yuma Proving Ground on the southwest and the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge and Wilderness on the southeast.

  • Information: Vehicle travel is limited to existing routes. Some routes access the New Water Mountains Wilderness where vehicle travel is prohibited. Obey all warning signs. Low Desert. Spring, fall, winter seasons.

  • Contacts:

Long Draw OHV Route

  • Information: Located on the Mogollon Rim northeast of Payson. The route is a 30-mile loop starting at either Long Draw North Trailhead (Chevelon Crossing) or Long Draw South Trailhead (Chevelon Lake). The route is restricted to street-legal /licensed vehicles. Trailhead includes staging area, toilets and campsite facilities. Area has many shared use routes open for off-highway vehicle use, including snowmobile trails. Ponderosa Pine Forest. Generally all seasons, however, routes may be closed due to winter snow.

  • Contacts:

Mescal Mountains OHV Area

  • Information: Near Kearny, area good for beginners and allows for all types of off-highway vehicles. Elevation from 2,000 to 2,400 feet. Use limited to existing routes which are on Bureau of Land Management managed land. Includes staging area, picnic and camping areas and restrooms. Low Desert.

  • Contacts:

Microwave Towers

  • Location: The Tonto National Forest would like to inform you as to the new parking area location. PLEASE respect their rights and stage at the new location:

    Wildcat Parking Area is located one mile east on Bartlett Dam Road. Follow the signs to Forest Road 2095 (mile marker 1) turn right and drive 1/8 mile into the old gravel pit. You can access all your recreational roads and trails from the Wildcat Parking Area.

    The closure of the old staging area will also affect the powerline road which is partially on private lands. Due to new development of private homes and private property rights, please use Forest Road 2090 to access the State Trust Lands to the south. The powerline road will be closed at the State Trust Land boundary and here.

    Remember, protect your recreation areas by recreating responsibly.
    Please stay on existing roads and trails!

  • Permit: Some of these areas are State Trust Land and a permit or OHV Decal is required. The OHV Decal allows for crossing State Trust Land or riding on trails. All other activity requires the State Land Recration Permit. You can get your permit on-line by Clicking Here.

  • Contacts:

Mile Marker 11.5 - The Boulders Multiuse Area - Heiroglyphics Mountians Area

  • Location: Take Highway 74 (Carefree Highway at I-17) West past the Lake Pleasant turn-off to mile post 12. Take a right at the first dirt road after milepost 12. (There is a kiosk there with information) Go approximately one mile North until you come to a large open area with small hill of big boulders in the middle. The trails radiate from that parking area. Be sure to stay on the existing roads for parking and always stay on roads and trails when operating your OHV.

  • Restrictions: This use area is subject to closure on days when a High Pollution Advisory (HPA) for particulate matter (PM10) has been issued.  Before leaving home, check to see if a PM10 HPA has been issued. Click Here

  • Contacts:

    • Bureau of Land Management
      Hassayampa Field Office
      (623) 580-5500
      www.az.blm.gov

Parker 400 Desert Race Course

  • Permit: This is State Trust Land and a permit is required. You can now get your permit on-line by Clicking Here.

  • Information: This desert racing event has been around since 1972. Although the course has changed over the years, it still offers three loops of about 136 miles. The race is usually on a weekend in late January or early February. The course offers a demanding, difficult route all year long. Parts of the course require vehicles to be street-legal/licensed.

  • Location: Access near Parker, Ariz. in La Paz County. Low Desert. Spring, fall, winter seasons.

  • Contacts:

Pima Motorsports Park

  • Information: Located south of Tucson, this county-operated park includes competitive and practice/beginner motorcross tracks that allows bikes only. Other riding areas include an ATV track, cross-country trail and OHV obstacle course. Offers ATV certification classes. Low desert. Park for day use only and requires a fee.

  • Contacts:

 

Poland Junction Road

  • Location: Take I-17 north to Highway 89 to Dewey/Mayer/Prescott. After you pass through the town of Mayer, go approximately 2 miles to Poland Junction. The road will be on your left just before you start a right hand downhill sweeper. Follow the road and when you come to a 'Y' stay on the main road. Do not go to the ranch house. After about 2 miles you will come to a left-handed 'U' turn in the road where you cross a creek. The parking area is on your right just after you cross the creek.

Redington Pass

  • Location: Located approximately 12 miles northeast of the City of Tucson or 24 miles south of San Manuel.

  • Information: Redington Road is the only access into this OHV recreation and natural resource area. This high desert and oak woodland area is the combined foothills for the northwest side of the Rincon Mountain and the southeast side of the Santa Catalina Mountain ranges. Motorized travel is only permitted on designated routes. The secondary dirt roads found in this touring area are very rugged, and will challenge your technical driving skills. A high ground clearance 4X4 vehicle is strongly recommended. Area users, who prefer to ride ATVs or dirt bikes, find this area just as technically challenging. Forest Service information on the use of motorized vehicles and operator requirements can be located at the OHV staging area or visit www.fs.fed.us/r3/coronado. For an area brochure contact the Coronado National Forest, Santa Catalina Ranger District, (520) 749-8700.

  • Contacts:

Rattlesnake Gap

  • Location: Located on the southernmost portion of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests in Greenlee County.

  • Information: More than 25 miles designated for OHVs, the Rattlesnake Gap OHV Trail is one of Greenlee County's most popular routes. Located on the southernmost portion of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, the area is well known by hunters, anglers, photographers, campers, and those just out for an adventurous drive. It may seem like a relaxing drive in the country at first, but can quickly turn treacherous if the weather gets rough. Some routes in the area are restricted to street-legal/licensed vehicles. Two campgrounds with tables and fire rings have been installed in the Rattlesnake Gap area.

  • Contacts:

Reno Pass

  • Overview: There is a locked gate at highway 87. This is part of the Edge Fire Closure Order, which prohibits all motor vehicles on the west end of the Reno Pass road. The east half of the road is still open from Punkin Center to the closure sign. The part of the road that is open includes steep, narrow, extremely rutted, shelf road with dangerous tipping spot and tight brush, lockers recommended. No top-heavy, full-size vehicles. Several serious injuries on this road recently, 4X4 only.

  • Directions: Take SR 87 north to the Bushnell Tank exit, just past Sunflower.

  • Distance: 12 miles.

  • Time: 3 hrs.

  • Camping: Developed campgrounds at Roosevelt Lake on SR 188.

  • Facilities: Gas, food and restrooms at Butcher Hook and Jakes Corner.

  • Map:


  • Contacts:

    • Tonto National Forest
      Tonto Basin District
      928-467-3200
      www.fs.fed.us/r3/tonto

    • Jakes Corner
      928-474-4675
      Meet-ups / gas / food

    • Butcher Hook
      Gas / food / bait
      928-479-2714

    • Road Conditions
      Arizona Department of Transportation
      888-411-7623
      www.az511.com

Rolls OHV Area

  • Route: State Route 87 north to Four Peaks Road, FR 143. Take FR 143 to the paved Rolls OHV parking area. Not recommended for mountain bikes due to sandy conditions.

  • Conditions: Sandy in some spots, 4x4 required.

  • Permit: No permit needed at this time.

  • Restrictions: Operate vehicles only on designated OHV roads. This use area is subject to closure on days when a High Pollution Advisory (HPA) for particulate matter (PM10) has been issued.  Before leaving home, check to see if a PM10 HPA has been issued. Click Here

  • Map:

Saffel Canyon Trail

  • Location: Saffel Canyon Trail, near Eagar, includes some of the most spectacular views in the White Mountains. The trail begins at an elevation of 7,600 feet and climbs to 9,400 feet at Pat Knoll.

  • Information: Distance is 25 miles (round trip). Difficulty level is moderate. The trail goes through three distinct vegetation zones: Pinyon-juniper, ponderosa pine, and mixed conifer. There is trailhead parking that accommodates trailers; trailhead has two picnic ramadas, restroom, and a "tot lot" where young riders can learn some basic ATV skills. Trail access near Eagar.

  • Contacts:

Sandbowl OHV Area

The Bureau of Land Management has several areas along the Colorado River and this area offers a 2,000 acre dune system surrounded by additional designated routes. To the north on the Parker Strip are Crossroads and Copper Basin Dunes OHV areas which offer challenging desert driving. For more information on OHV opportunities in the Yuma District contact the Bureau of Land Management, 2555 East Gila Ridge Road, Yuma, AZ 85365. Phone (928) 371-3200.

  • Overview: A fun place to take your ATVs, SUV, dirt bikes and Jeeps. Hilly, sandy terrain, with network of roads and trails. Deceptive, you can quickly find yourself with the rubber side up and shiny side down.

  • Directions: Take I-10 west to Ehrenberg exit (almost in California), take south frontage road to gravel Ehrenberg/Cibola road and go south 3 miles to site entrance.

  • Time Allowed: Full weekend.

  • Rating: Virgin slopes difficult. Go anywhere inside the borders of the park; however, most discover it is best to remain on roads and trails.

  • Fee: The fee is $5 daily per vehicle or $50 annually per vehicle, for up to five people per vehicle. There will be a $1 per person fee charged for each person over the five person limit. Visitors must pay daily fees at self-registration fee pipes located at the site or at the BLM Yuma Field Office located at 2555 E. Gila Ridge Road in Yuma. Annual permits are currently available for purchase at the Yuma Field Office.

    Day use only (6 a.m. - 10 p.m.). No trash collection, this is a pack it in and pack it out area. (Fees may change without notice.)

  • Facilities: Parking lot, unisex vault toilet, loading ramps, shade ramada and picnic table. Gas and more available at truck stop.

  • Camping: Primitive camping available nearby.

  • Season: Year-round, best Oct. - April; very hot in summer.

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Santa Rita

  • Location: Just west of Highway 83 and north of Sonoita, the east side of Santa Rita Mountains.

  • Information: Offers miles of roads in high desert and oak woodland foothills. All seasons, avoid wet conditions.

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Schnebly Hill Road

  • Overview: Dramatic red rocks, azure skies and deep-green foliage; that's the drive from Sedona to I-17 on Schnebly Hill Road. Pavement ends after pay station. Not for low-slung cars. Closed in winter.

  • Directions: Take I-17 north to SR 179, go left to Sedona, Schnebly Hill Road is on the right shortly before SR 89.

  • Drive time: 1 hour, but plan for photo stops.

  • Distance: 11.8 miles from SR 179 to I-17.

  • Permit: Red Rock Pass needed only when recreating outside your vehicle.

  • Facilities: Gas, food, lodging, found in Sedona & Flagstaff.

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Sheridan Mt. / Smith Mesa

  • Attention: The Sheridan Mt.-Smith Mesa OHV System is a newly funded OHV area. Trails were reconstructed in 1998. Fifteen other trails are proposed and will be added with future OHV grants. This 42-mile trail bike and ATV route system is located west of Chino Valley near Camp Wood. Primitive roads are also available for full-sized vehicles. No facilities or water available. Chaparral and Ponderosa pine forest type. All seasons, trails at higher elevations not accessible during winter snow conditions. A trail system brochure is available.

  • Camping: Allowed at trailheads (see Prescott Campgrounds)

  • Multiuse: Trails are for hiking and mt. biking, too.

  • Conditions: 4x4 required in certain areas and during bad weather. FR 21 and FR 95 passable with low-clearance vehicle.

  • Permit: No fees or permit required for trail use.

  • Restrictions: Trails are open to everything but full-sized 4x4s.

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South Patagonia Mountain

  • Location: Between Nogales and Sierra Vista, east of Highway 82

  • Information: The Patagonia Mountain range offers many opportunities for OHV recreation. High desert scrub and oak woodland. All seasons, avoid wet conditions.

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Standard Wash

  • Location: Just five miles south of Lake Havasu City

  • Information: The area offers more than 7,500 acres providing fun, challenging trails for many types of OHV opportunities and camping. Use existing routes only. Low Desert. Spring, fall, winter seasons.

  • Contacts:

    • Bureau of Land Management
      Lake Havasu Field Office
      (928) 505-1200
      www.az.blm.gov

Table Mesa Road

  • Location: Take I-17 north to the Table Mesa Road exit and go left over the freeway (The exit is just a little ways past the town of New River). On the westside of the freeway take a right and when the road turns to dirt you will see a parking area about 100 feet down on your left.

Swansea Townsite

  • Location: Located 30 miles east of Parker

  • Information: This low desert area allows all types of OHVs and passenger cars. Tour historic mining town. Includes interpretation, picnic areas, facilities and camping.

  • Contacts:

    • Bureau of Land Management,
      Lake Havasu Field Office,
      (928) 505-1200
      www.az.blm.gov

Verde Trails

  • Attention: This trail system is primarily for off-highway vehicles (OHVs). The system contains miles of OHV trails and 51 miles of dual-use roads. A trail is defined as a way for foot, stock, or trail vehicle traffic. A dual-use road can be used by both full-sized vehicles and OHVs. Take plenty of water. This OHV area was developed with the help of the Arizona State Parks OHV Recreation Fund.

  • Multiuse: Popular horseback area.

  • Mountain biking on FR 136, The General Crook Nat. Recreation Trail from FR 574, scenic, fun, then gets very steep 5 miles in. Do 13-mile loop using TR 513, TR 511 and FR 574 (run counterclockwise). Loop is rated moderate to most difficult due to 1,000-foot elevation change.

  • Conditions: High-clearance okay on most forest roads. Do not use during or after bad weather. Trails are suitable for intermediate and expert riders.

  • Restrictions: Trails are open to vehicles less than 50" wide. Dual-use roads open to large OHVs. Wet weather restrictions apply. Muffler and spark arrestors a must.

  • Camping: See Prescott National Forest Campgrounds

  • Seasons: Spring and fall are the recommended seasons. Summer temperatures can be extreme from June to September.

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Yuma East OHV Routes

  • Location: Area is located in Yuma and Maricopa counties between interstates 10 and 8, with the Yuma Proving Ground and Kofa National Wildlife Refuge to the west. The area encompasses a large portion of the Arizona Game and Fish Department's Hunting Unit 41.

  • Information: Vehicle travel is limited to existing routes. Some routes access the Eagletail Mountain and New Water Mountain Wilderness Areas where vehicle travel is prohibited. Obey all warning signs and call the Yuma Proving Ground at (928) 328-2720 for information about routes that continue into military lands. Call the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge at (928) 783-7861 for access information. Low Desert. Spring, fall, winter seasons.

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