White Canyon / Walnut Canyon

White Canyon / Walnut Canyon

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Located in beautiful Sonoran Desert with towering red buttes on all sides of the trail. A fun drive offering real adventure. Winding, rutted road with moderate climbs and descents. May require rock-stacking in spots. Brush may lightly touch your vehicle on this trail.

Location

Address:
Cochran, United States
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Raw Deal

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A short off-shoot trail near the Table Mesa area. Listed in a 4-wheeler magazine, this trail is not recommended for stock vehicles. Though approximately less than 2 miles, can take 1/2 to full day depending on the number of vehicles.


Closed as of 01.01.2020 due to mining expansion in the area.

Location

Address:
New River, 85087, United States
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Crown King

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Mostly graded, easy-going with beautiful views. A few alternate routes and bypasses offer some challenges for those looking to try something more complex. Typically very busy on weekends during the summer months. Depending on summer and winter rains, this trail can be considerably more challenging. Conditions vary.

Location

Address:
Crown King, United States
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Hole in the Rock

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A great trip, but a long one. This trail starts on the NE corner of Lake and takes about 1 day to drive in and another to drive out.

A lot of areas where the trail can easily be lost, and you are travelling in extreme remote conditions. You need to bring everything you’re going to need if you want to make it out.

The trail follows the original trail carved by the mormons on their way to establish a town in Utah, and many of the dynamite holes and blast areas are discernable.

Location

Address:
Lake Powell, United States
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Three Feathers

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A challenging but entertaining trail.

Location

Address:
Tucson, United States
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Tip Top Mine

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This trail flows off of the main Table Mesa trail and leads you to an abandon mine, replete with large gears and a station house.

Supposedly this trail has been graded and is now not much of a challenge.

Location

Address:
Anthem, 85086, United States
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Charouleau Gap

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Difficult trial that changes dramatically with water.

Jan 10, 2013 – downgraded to a 3 due to trail modifications from mining/forestry service activity removing and altering some of the more difficult obstacles.

The Charouleau Gap is one of the best 4WD trips in the Catalinas. This scenic route is for 4-wheel drive vehicles only. The road up and over Samaniego Ridge is rough, rocky and requires good ground clearance as well as excellent traction.

On the western half of the trip there are broad and expansive views as you climb up and back down Charouleau Gap, and the roads aren’t quite as bad since they have been graded in the past. For the northern half of the trip, much of your time is spent down around the Canada del Oro wash and is especially rough in places. The toughest single spot by vehicle is known as The Step (N32.53085 W110.78176); because of the incline it is preferable to drive down it from Oracle; however, many manage to climb up it from the Catalina side. Mar, 2013 – The Step has now been bypassed by the forestry service.

The other tough spot is a quarter-mile stretch known as (yep) the Quarter Mile, which if driving from Oracle starts about a mile south of The Step (around N32.51812 W110.78185) and goes down to the bottom of the elbow in the route. One other place of note is a spot known as the Elevator Shaft (N32.56493 W110.78086), a climb that is long and steep, but has a solid surface for vehicles because of past grading. The route also has interesting rock formations, the remains of an old adobe home at a place marked on topo maps as Coronado Camp.

Location

Address:
Tucson, United States
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Moab (various trails)

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The Rover’s Playground. Trails abound here, and there’s something for every level of driver. 4+ trails offer complex and technical challenges while some of the less challenging drives offer spectactular scenery.

Worth the trip, every time.

Location

Address:
Moab, 84532, United States
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Turkey Creek / Rug Road

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Turkey Creek to Mammoth via ‘The Rug Road.’ Moderate+ trail with some steps and loose rock climbs (stock LR’s without running boards okay), Historic trail, full day.

Rug Road got its name from the remnants of carpet that people have used to fill holes and ledges along the road to make it more passable. The road is one of the roughest roads in the southeastern Arizona – it is not for the faint of heart. Travel on the Rug Road requires a good high-clearance, four-wheel-drive vehicle and experience driving in these conditions. The road transverses Table Mountain between Turkey Creek on the east end and Mammoth on the west end. It is only about 20 miles long but will take a full day to traverse. You may want to plan for two days to be safe and to let your body recuperate from the rugged road!

Related Links:
http://abell.as.arizona.edu/~hill/4×4/turkey01.html
nature.org/arizona/

Location

Address:
Pearce, 85625, United States
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Reno Pass

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Fun, close to Phoenix, and makes for a nice, short round trip.

Location

Address:
Tonto Basin, 85553, United States
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