Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Guide for Arizona...
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Click on black diamonds below for more information on places to ride. Most sites listed here were funded in part by the Arizona Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Fund or the Recreational Trails Program (motorized portion).
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Be Aware of Your Surroundings
Driving off-road vehicles on dirt and unpaved roads can stir up particulate matter which pollutes the air. New rules and ordinances are currently being adopted and enforced by cities and towns throughout Maricopa County. It is recommended that you visit either the Maricopa County Air Quality Department's Web site or local city site prior to venturing out on your next ATV or OHV excursion.
1. Arizona Strip Top
The Arizona Strip, "where the west stays wild", is that remote and largly unsettled region of Arizona north of the Colorado River with more than 5,000 miles of dirt roads. Road conditions vary. No services available. Stay on existing routes. Travel limited to designated routes in National Monuments, and prohibited in wilderness areas. Watch for signs. High desert to ponderosa pine forest. Avoid use in wet weather. Contact the Bureau of Land Management, Arizona Strip Field Office, (435) 688-3200.
2. Cinder Hills OHV Area Top
Comprised of an extensive area of deep volcanic cinders in a ponderosa pine forest, east of Highway 89 and south of Sunset Crater National Monument. Respect the National Monument. Approximately 13,500 acres available for all types of motorized vehicles. Ponderosa Pine Forest. All seasons, occasional snow in winter. Contact Coconino National Forest, Peaks Ranger District, (928) 526-0866.
3. Kendrick and Mormon Lake/Pinewood Snowmobile Trail Systems Top
Riding areas are available for snowmobiles on signed trails, when conditions permit. Ponderosa pine forest. Contact Coconino National Forest, Peaks Ranger District, (928) 526-0866.
4. Long Draw OHV Route Top
This 30-mile loop for highway-legal/licensed vehicles is located on the Mogollon Rim northeast of Payson. Start at Long Draw North Trailhead (Chevelon Crossing) or South Trailhead (Chevelon Lake). Toilets and campsite facilities. Area has shared use routes open for OHV use, including snowmobile. Ponderosa pine forest. Routes may be closed at times due to weather conditions. Call Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, Black Mesa Ranger District, (928) 535-4481.
5. Munds Park Top
The planned Munds Park OHV trail system will link the community and visitors to a network of Forest Service system roads in the cool pines. Routes may be closed in winter due to snow or other weather conditions. Contact Coconino National Forest, Peaks Ranger District, (928) 526-0866 for further details.
6. Hayfield Draw/Bryant Park OHV Area Top
Eight miles west of Camp Verde, south of Highway 260, is an 80-acre cross country area limited to ATVs and trail bikes, access to more than 100 miles of designated trails and two-acres of beginners course. Facilities include toilets, ramadas, picnic areas, and parking. High desert. Contact Prescott National Forest, Verde Ranger District, (928) 567-4121.
7. Alto Pit OHV Recreation Area Top
This 400-acre site that lies four miles west of Prescott on Iron Springs Road includes a 13-acre cross country area and eight-miles of designated trails open to ATVs and trail bikes. Beginner course for vehicles under 90cc. Facilities include restrooms, picnic tables and shade ramadas for day use only. Future intentions are to provide OHV camping. Ponderosa pine forest. Occasional snow in winter. Contact Prescott National Forest, Bradshaw Ranger District, (928) 443-8000.
8. Sheridan Mountain/Smith Mesa OHV Trail System Top
This 42-mile trail bike and ATV route system is located west of Chino Valley near Camp Wood. Primitive roads available for full-sized vehicles. No facilities or water available. Chaparral and Ponderosa pine forest. Trail system brochure is available. Contact Prescott National Forest, Bradshaw and Chino Valley Ranger District, (928) 443-8000 or (928) 777-2200.
9. Hualapai Mountain OHV Trailhead Top
Access to hundreds of miles of old mining routes near Kingman. Motorized use is limited to existing routes. Elevations range from 6,500 ft. in the pines to 1,000 ft. in the low desert. The facility is a fee area that offers cabins, camping and a staging area. Contact Hualapai Mountain Park, (928) 757-3859.
10. Standard Wash Top
Just five-miles south of Lake Havasu City, the area offers more than 7,500 acres of fun, challenging trails for many types of OHV opportunities and camping. Use existing routes only. Low desert. Spring, fall, winter seasons. Contact Bureau of Land Management, Lake Havasu Field Office, (928) 505-1200.
11. Parker 400 Desert Race Course* Top
This desert racing event has been around since 1972. The course offers three loops of about 136-miles. Race is held around late January. Course offers demanding, difficult route all year long. Parts of the course require vehicles to be highway-legal/licensed. Access near Parker, AZ. Low desert. Spring, fall, winter seasons. Contact Bureau of Land Management, Lake Havasu Field Office, (928) 505-1200.
12. Shea Spectator/Pit Areas and Osborn Wash Top
Located east of Parker using Shea Road, post and cable define the boundaries of race pit and spectator areas of the Parker 400 Desert Race. The braided Osborn Wash is adjacent and south of the spectator area. These locations combine to create excellent OHV riding and camping opportunities. Low desert. Spring, fall, winter seasons. Contact Bureau of Land Management, Lake Havasu Field Office, (928) 505-1200.
13. Swansea Townsite Top
Located 30-miles east of Parker, this low desert area allows all types of OHVs and passenger cars. Tour historic mining town. Includes interpretation, picnic areas, facilities, and camping. Contact Bureau of Land Management, Lake Havasu Field Office, (928) 505-1200.
14. Ehrenberg Sandbowl Top
Area is located just south of Ehrenberg, off of the Ehrenberg-Cibola Levee Road. Approximately 2,000 acres of sand dunes open to vehicle travel. Facilities include a parking lot, ATV loading ramps, toilets, shade ramadas and picnic tables. Day permits are required and available at self-service kiosk upon entry. Annual permits available. Contact the Bureau of Land Management, Yuma Field Office, (928) 317-3200.
15. Ehrenberg-Cibola OHV Routes Top
Area is located between Ehrenberg, Cibola, Colorado River and Yuma Proving Ground (928-328-2720). Dibola National Wildlife Refuge (928-857-3253) to the south (call for access information). Travel limited to existing routes and prohibited in wilderness areas. Obey warning signs. Low desert. Call the Bureau of Land Management, Yuma Field Office (928) 317-3200.
16. La Posa OHV Routes Top
Area is located near Quartzsite at Highway 95 and Interstate 10. Yuma Proving Ground (928-328-2720) on the southwest and the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge & Wilderness (928-783-7861) on the southeast (call for access information). Travel limited to existing routes and prohibited in wilderness area. Obey warning signs. Low desert. Contact the Bureau of Land Management, Yuma Field Office, (928) 317-3200.
17. Harquahala Mountain Summit Road Backcountry Byway Top
Rugged 3,000 ft. and 10.5 mile climb to historic 1920 Smithsonian Solar Observatory. Site includes picnic areas, restrooms, access to historic hiking trail and primitive camping. Stay on existing routes. Sonoran desert; hot in summer with thunderstorms and wash outs on road. Contact Bureau of Land Management, Hassayampa Field Office, (623) 580-5500.
18. Yuma East OHV Routes Top
Area located between Interstates 10 and 8. Yuma Proving Ground (928-328-2720) and Kofa National Wildlife Refuge (928-783-7861) to the west (call for access information). Encompasses portion of the Arizona Game and Fish Department's Hunting Unit 41. Stay on existing routes. No vehicle travel in wilderness areas. Obey all warning signs. Low desert. Contact the Bureau of Land Management, Yuma Field Office, (928) 317-3200.
19. Hieroglyphic Mountains Area/Boulders Staging Area* Top
Numerous OHV routes between Lake Pleasant (east), Wickenburg (west), and Prescott National Forest (north). Stay on existing routes. Boulders Staging Area, off Highway 74, between mileposts 11 and 12 offers access, camping and restroom. Area is a mix of private, state and public land; do not trespass. Low desert. Call Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Hassayampa Field Office, (623) 580-5500 (access guide available).
20. Granite Mountain Top
Operation of motorized vehicles on Granite Mountain is currently under review. The new City of Scottsdale dust ordinance #3776 (which amends Scottsdale Revised Code Section 19-14) states that motorized vehicles may not be operated on a surface that is not dust free. The City ordinance was passed by City of Scottsdale City Council. This was in response to Air Quality legislation (SB1552) that passed in 2007 because a portion of Maricopa County and Pinal County is above the particulate matter less than 10 micron (PM-10) which exceeded federal air quality control standards for public health and safety.
The City of Scottsdale is mandated to begin enforcement of Ordinance 3776 immediately and Granite Mountain on State Trust Land within the City of Scottsdale does not meet current requirements to control dust, therefore Scottsdale Police Department will begin enforcement of motorized vehicles on surfaces that are not dust free (unpaved, untreated).
21. Rolls OHV Area Top
This 27,000-acre area is near Phoenix, east of the Beeline Highway, north of Saguaro Lake and south of the Four Peaks Road. Vehicle travel allowed only on existing routes. Low desert. Contact Tonto National Forest, Mesa Ranger District, (480) 610-3300.
22. Bulldog Canyon OHV Area Top
Located near Phoenix, with access from Mesa at Usery Pass Road, off of the Bush Highway. Vehicle travel allowed only on routes designated open. All routes other than FR10, 12, 1356, 3512, 3556, and 3554 closed to travel. Permit required. Low desert. Contact Tonto National Forest, Mesa Ranger District for a required permit (480) 610-3300.
23. Desert Wells* Top
180-miles of rolling trails for all OHV types, located near Apache Junction (US Route 60 and State Route 79). Permit required. Stay on existing signed routes. Stay out of grazing areas and cattle water tanks. Good family ride. Low desert. Contact ASLD (602) 364-2753 to purchase a permit. Contact AZ Game and Fish Department for an access guide at (602) 942-3000 or download guide at www.azgfd.gov.
24. Mescal Mountains OHV Area Top
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. Contact Town of Kearny, (520) 363-5547.
25. Sunrise to Big Lake Snowmobile Route Top
When snow closes roads on the National Forests, this route remains open for snowmobile use. Facilities include toilets and trailhead parking that accommodates trailers. Route traverses beautiful mountains and meadows through forests of pine, spruce, and fir. Contact Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, Springerville Ranger District, (928) 333-4372.
26. Saffel Canyon Trail Top
This trail, near Eagar, has spectacular views in the White Mountains. Trail is 25-miles round trip and climbs to 9,400 ft. through pinyon-juniper, ponderosa pine and mixed conifer. Moderate difficulty. Trailhead parking; picnic ramadas, restroom and a "tot lot" where young riders can learn basic ATV skills. Contact Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, Springerville Ranger District, (928) 333-4372.
27. Rattlesnake Gap Top
Located on the southern portion of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest with more than 25-miles designated for motorized travel. It may seem like a relaxing drive at first, but quickly turns treacherous if the weather gets rough. Some routes restricted to highway-legal/licensed vehicles. Two campgrounds. Contact Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, Clifton Ranger District, (928) 687-1301.
28. Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area Top
Rugged OHV opportunities located 20-miles northeast of Safford. Motorized vehicles are restricted to designated roads. The Gila River corridor is closed to all motorized vehicles within the Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area (RNCA). High desert. Contact Bureau of Land Management, Safford Field Office, (928) 348-4400.
29. Black Hills Backcountry Byway Top
The old Safford-Clifton Highway takes you back in time and offers challenging 4x4 side trips. The south entrance is 16-miles east of Safford. High desert. Contact Bureau of Land Management, Safford Field Office, (928) 348-4400.
30. Hot Well Dunes Recreation Area Top
This 1,900-acre “open” dune area is located 25-miles south of Safford. Two hot tubs, restrooms, campsites and a picnic/watchable wildlife area. OHV travel is also allowed on existing routes outside the Hot Well Dunes Recreation Area. High desert. Contact Bureau of Land Management, Safford Field Office (928) 348-4400.
31. Redington Pass Backcountry Touring Area Top
Located 12-miles northeast of Tucson. Access via Redington Road. Stay on designated routes. Secondary dirt roads are very rugged and will challenge technical driving skills. High clearance 4x4 vehicle recommendation. High desert and oak woodland. For an area brochure contact the Coronado National Forest, Santa Catalina Ranger District, (520) 749-8700.
32. Pima Motorsports Park Top
Located south of Tucson, this county-operated park includes competitive and practice motorcross tracks for bikes, an ATV track, cross-country trail and obstacle course. Offers ATV certification classes. Low desert. Park for day use only and requires a fee. Contact Pima County Parks and Recreation Department (520) 877-6000.
33. Santa Rita Mountain Backcountry Touring Area Top
Just west of Highway 83 and north of Sonoita, the east side of Santa Rita Mountains offers miles of roads in high desert and oak woodland foothills. Avoid wet conditions. Contact Coronado National Forest, Nogales Ranger District, (520) 281-2296.
34. South Patagonia Mountains Top
Between Nogales and Sierra Vista, east of Highway 82, the Patagonia Mountain range offers many opportunities for OHV recreation in high desert scrub and oak woodland. Avoid wet conditions. Contact Coronado National Forest, Sierra Vista Ranger District, (520) 378-0311.
35. Great Western Trail, Arizona Section Top
The Great Western Trail (GWT) is a long and primitive, shared-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% complete and located on existing backcountry routes. Some segments require vehicles to be highway-licensed/legal.
*Trails run on both public lands and State Trust Land. You must obtain a permit from the Arizona State Land Department to ride on State Trust Land. Contact the ASLD at (602) 364-2753 to purchase a permit. Recreational use on State Trust Land is temporary and may be terminated at any time.
Most sites listed here are multi-use where many types of recreational users share the same trails, please be courteous when meeting other trail users. Fees are subject to change.