Where to Ride

 

Designated Areas

State Parks has consulted with the land/resource managers in the state to provide information about designated riding areas.  All the listed areas have received funding from the Statewide OHV Program to develop trails and facilities. The listed sites do not represent all of the available opportunities in Arizona. Where ever you choose to recreate, be sure the roads, trails or areas are designated for your type of use. 

What does “designated” mean?  The federal land managers in Arizona (Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management*) have established criteria that identifies roads, trails and (open) areas that can be used for OHV recreation. Designated roads, trails, or areas will be marked with a route/trail number and appear on a map available from the land managers travel on other than designated routes, trails, or areas is illegal and fines may be assessed.  Riding off of designated roads, trails, or areas can cause the designated roads, trails, and areas to be closed. 

*National Park service does not generally provide or support the use of unlicensed OHV’s within their parks. 

 
What to Ask About a Site

OHVTo learn more about each site and how the site meets your needs, call the land agency contact number and ask questions.

Here are some examples of questions to ask:

  • Are there any road closures at [insert site name or location]?
  • Are there any fire or flood hazards/danger at [insert site name or location]?
  • Are facilities such as restrooms, water, and parking available?
  • Are there any special permits needed to enter [insert site name or location]?
  • Does [insert site name] located at [insert location] provide motorized vehicle opportunities which include:
    • Children’s beginner riding areas?
    • Scenic backcountry roads maintained for passenger vehicles?
    • Trails that offer challenge and technical driving opportunity?
    • Long-distance off-highway vehicle trails [greater than 100 miles]?
    • Loop trails?
    • Competitive desert racing trails and areas?
    • Single track trails [for dirt bikes]?
    • Cross-country travel areas [where riding anywhere is permitted]?
    • Designated, developed riding areas with jumps, hill climbs, and other terrain features for OHV use?
  • What are the special Off-Highway Vehicle regulations for [insert site name or location]?
  • Do you have a map of [insert site name or location]?
  • Are the roads and trails wide enough for a 4-WD vehicle?
  • Can you tell me about the conditions of roads and trails [technical, flat terrain]?
  • Is target shooting allowed in the area?
  • Do you have directional signs posted?

For Federal lands contact numbers see Call Before You Go.

 
Motorized Vehicle Use Sites Throughout Arizona

Where to Ride Map Arizona Strip Great Western Trail Kendrick and Mormon Lake Hualapai Mountain Sheridan Mountain Harquahala Mountain Yuma East Hieroglyphic Mountains Hayfield Draw Long Draw Mescal Mountains Redington Pass  Cinder Hills Ehrenberg-Cibola Desert Wells Gila Box Pima Motorsports Park Santa Rita Mountain South Patagonia Mountains Hot Well Dunes La Posa Shea Spectator Saffel Canyon Trail Rattlesnake Gap Black Hills Backcountry Bulldog Canyon Munds Park Ehrenberg Sandbowl Swansea Townsite Parker 400 Sunrise to Big Lake Alto Pit Standard Wash Rolls Granite Mountain Kendrick and Mormon Lake

On the map above, click on a numbered diamond to learn more about that OHV site. You may also scroll down to read about all sites. Or Download Locator Map with Phone Numbers (PDF Document 372 KB PDF)

OHVImportant Message: There are many places to ride Off-Highway Vehicles (OHVs) in Arizona. Some sites on this page include scenic backcountry roads maintained for passenger vehicles. Many sites are not developed or maintained for high speeds, jumps, or hill climbs. If you are interested in jumps and high speed, a local “Motocross” facility may better suit your needs:

 

For Federal lands contact numbers see Call Before You Go (Safety & Training).

 
1Arizona Strip (north of the Colorado River) 
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 which require 4-wheel drive vehicles. No services are available in this largely backcountry 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, with terrain which ranges from High Desert to Ponderosa Pine Forest. While this area is generally suitable for all seasons, you should avoid use in wet weather. Contact the Bureau of Land Management, Arizona Strip Field Office at (435) 688-3200. More information about the Arizona Strip External Link

    OHV Site Locator Map (OHV Site Map)

 
2 Cinder Hills OHV Area (Flagstaff)
This area comprises an extensive stretch of deep volcanic cinders in a Ponderosa pine forest, east of Highway 89 and south of Sunset Crater National Monument. You are asked to protect the privilege of riding in this designated off-highway vehicle area by respecting the boundary of Sunset Crater National Monument. Approximately 13,500 acres are available for all types of motorized vehicles. This area encompasses Ponderosa pine forest and is open all seasons, with occasional snow in winter. To get to the Cinder Hills OHV Area, drive northeast of Flagstaff on U.S. 89 approximately seven miles north of Flagstaff Mall. Turn east (right) on FR 776. Contact Coconino National Forest, Peaks Ranger District at (928) 526-0866. For more information and a map External Link

    OHV Site Locator Map (OHV Site Map)

 
3Kendrick and Mormon Lake / Pinewood Snowmobile Trail Systems
Riding areas are available for snowmobiles on signed trails, when conditions permit. This area is comprised of Ponderosa pine forest. Contact Coconino National Forest, Peaks Ranger District at (928) 526-0866.

    OHV Site Locator Map (OHV Site Map)

 
4Long Draw OHV Route (Mogollon Rim)
This 30-mile loop for highway-legal/licensed vehicles is located on the Mogollon Rim northeast of Payson. Start at either Long Draw North Trailhead (Chevelon Crossing) or Long Draw South Trailhead (Chevelon Lake). Trailhead includes parking, toilets and campsite facilities. The area has shared use routes open for off-highway vehicle use, including snowmobile trails and is comprised of Ponderosa pine forest. This area is generally open all seasons, but routes may be closed due to winter snow. Contact Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, Black Mesa Ranger District at (928) 535-4481.

    OHV Site Locator Map (OHV Site Map)

 
5Munds Park
The Munds Park OHV trail system links the community and visitors to a network of Forest Service system roads in the area, with three-season riding in the cool pines. Routes may be closed in winter due to snow or other weather conditions. Contact Coconino National Forest, Peaks Ranger District at (928) 526-0866.

    OHV Site Locator Map (OHV Site Map)

 
Hayfield Draw/Bryant Park OHV Area6Hayfield Draw/Bryant Park OHV Area (Cottonwood)
Eight miles west of Camp Verde and south of Highway 260, Hayfield Draw has 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 beginner’s course. Facilities include toilets, ramadas, picnic areas and parking. This area includes High Desert and has spring, fall and winter seasons. Access: take I-17 north to State High 260, then go eight miles northwest of Camp Verde on State Highway 260. Contact Prescott National Forest, Verde Ranger District at (928) 567-4121. More information about Hayfield Draw External Link

    OHV Site Locator Map (OHV Site Map)

 
Alto Pit OHV Recreation Site7Alto Pit OHV Recreation Area (Prescott)
This is a 400-acre site which lies four miles west of Prescott on Iron Springs Road. It includes a 13-acre cross-country area open to ATVs and trail bikes, eight miles of designated trails for ATVs and trail bikes and a beginner’s course for vehicles under 90cc. Facilities include restrooms, picnic tables, fire rings, loading/unloading area and shade Ramada’s which are available for day use. This is a fee area ($5/day for day use). Camping is available, while group camping requires a special-use permit. This area encompasses Ponderosa pine forest type and is open all seasons, with occasional snow in winter. Access: from downtown Prescott, take Gurley Street west to Montezuma Street, then take Montezuma (Whiskey Row) north until it turns into Iron Springs Road. Follow Iron Springs approximately five miles to Alto Pit. Contact Prescott National Forest, Bradshaw Ranger District at (928) 443-8000. More information about Alto Pit OHV Recreation Area External Link

    Download Alto Pit OHV Recreation Area Map (PDF Document 362 KB PDF)
    OHV Site Locator Map (OHV Site Map)

 
8Sheridan Mountain/Smith Mesa OHV Trail System (Prescott)
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 are available. This area is comprised of Chaparral and Ponderosa pine forest type. Trails at higher elevations are not accessible during winter snow conditions. A trail system brochure is available. Contact Prescott National Forest, Bradshaw and Chino Valley Ranger District at (928) 443-8000 or (928) 777-2200. More information about Sheridan Mountain/Smith Mesa OHV Trail System External Link 

    Download Sheridan Mountain/Smith Mesa OHV Trail System Map (PDF Document 564 KB PDF)
    OHV Site Locator Map (OHV Site Map)

 
9Hualapai Mountain OHV Trailhead (Kingman)
This area near Kingman offers access to hundreds of miles of old mining routes. Motorized travel 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 which offers cabins, camping and a staging area. Contact Hualapai Mountain Park at (928) 757-3859. More information about Hualapai Mountain External Link

    OHV Site Locator Map (OHV Site Map)

 
10Standard Wash (Lake Havasu City)
Located just five miles south of Lake Havasu City, the area offers more than 7,500 acres providing fun, challenging trails for many types of OHV opportunities and camping. You must use existing routes only. This area is comprised of Low Desert and includes spring, fall and winter seasons. Contact Bureau of Land Management, Lake Havasu Field Office at (928) 505-1200.

    OHV Site Locator Map (OHV Site Map)

 
11Parker 400 Desert Race Course (La Paz County)
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 highway-legal/licensed. Access is available near Parker, Arizona in La Paz County. This area is Low Desert and includes the spring, fall and winter seasons. Contact Bureau of Land Management, Lake Havasu Field Office at (928) 505-1200.

    OHV Site Locator Map (OHV Site Map)

 
12Shea Spectator/Pit Areas and Osborn Wash
Located east of Parker using Shea Road, much of the area is defined by post and cable, which are the boundaries of a race vehicle pit and spectator areas of the Parker 400 Desert Race. The braided Osborn Wash is adjacent and to the south of the Spectator Area. These locations combine to create excellent OHV riding and camping opportunities. This area is Low Desert and includes the spring, fall and winter seasons. Contact the Bureau of Land Management, Lake Havasu Field Office at (928) 505-1200.

    OHV Site Locator Map (OHV Site Map)

 
13Swansea Townsite (30 miles east of Parker)
Located 30 miles east of Parker, this Low Desert area allows all types of OHVs and passenger cars and includes interpretation, picnic areas, facilities and camping. You can tour an historic mining town. Contact the Bureau of Land Management, Lake Havasu Field Office at (928) 505-1200.

    OHV Site Locator Map (OHV Site Map)

 
14Ehrenberg Sandbowl
This area is located just south of the City of Ehrenberg, off of the Ehrenberg-Cibola Levee Road of the Colorado River. Approximately 2,000 acres of sand dunes are open to vehicle travel. Facilities include a parking lot, ATV loading ramps, universally accessible vault toilets, shade ramadas and picnic tables. Permits are required upon entry, with current fee amounts posted at the self-service kiosk on-site where daily permits are available. Annual permits may be purchased from the Oxbow Campground Host, approximately 20 miles south of the Sandbowl or at the Bureau of Land Management office in Yuma. To access Ehrenberg Sandbowl take I-10 to Ehrenberg, AZ. Take the Ehrenberg exit to South Frontage Road. Go West on frontage road approximately one mile. Turn left on gravel surfaced Ehrenberg/Cibola Road. Go south three miles to site entrance. Contact the Bureau of Land Management, Yuma Field Office at (928) 317-3200. More information about Ehrenberg Sandbowl External Link

    OHV Site Locator Map (OHV Site Map)

 
15Ehrenberg-Cibola OHV Routes 
This area is located between the City of Ehrenberg, the City of Cibola, the Colorado River and the Yuma Proving Ground. Vehicle travel is limited to existing routes and is prohibited in the Trigo Mountain Wilderness. Visitors are asked to obey all warning signs and to call the Yuma Proving Ground at (928) 328-2720 for access information. The Cibola National Wildlife Refuge is at the south part of the area. Please obey signs and call the Refuge at (928) 857-3253 for information. This area is Low Desert and includes the spring, fall and winter seasons. For maps and information contact the Bureau of Land Management, Yuma Field Office at (928) 317-3200 or via e-mail at yfoweb_az(at)blm.gov.

    OHV Site Locator Map (OHV Site Map)

 
16La Posa OHV Routes (Quartzsite)
This area is located near Quartzsite, Arizona at the intersection of Highway 95 and Interstate 10. It is bordered on the southwest by the Yuma Proving Ground – (928) 328-2720 – and on the southeast by the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge & Wilderness – (928) 783-7861. Call for access information. Vehicle travel is limited to existing routes and is prohibited in wilderness areas. Please obey all warning signs. This area is Low Desert and includes the spring, fall and winter seasons. Contact the Bureau of Land Management, Yuma Field Office at (928) 317-3200 or via e-mail at yfoweb_az(at)blm.gov.

    OHV Site Locator Map (OHV Site Map) 

 
17Harquahala Mountain Summit Road Backcountry Byway
This is a rugged 3,000-foot and 10.5 mile climb to historic 1920 Smithsonian Solar Observatory. The site includes picnic areas, restrooms, access to historic hiking trail and primitive camping. Vehicle travel is allowed only on existing routes. This area is Sonoran Desert and is hot in the summer with thunderstorms and washouts on road. Contact the Bureau of Land Management, Hassayampa Field Office at (623) 580-5500.

    OHV Site Locator Map (OHV Site Map)

 
18Yuma East OHV Routes
This area is located in Yuma and Maricopa Counties between Interstates 10 and 8, with the Yuma Proving Ground (928-328-2720) and Kofa National Wildlife Refuge (928-783-7861) to the west. Please call for access information. The area encompasses a large portion of the Arizona Game and Fish Department's Hunting Unit 41. Vehicle travel is limited to existing routes. There is no vehicle travel in Wilderness Areas. Please obey all warning signs. This area is Low Desert and includes the spring, fall and winter seasons. Contact the Bureau of Land Management, Yuma Field Office at (928) 317-3200 or via e-mail at  yfoweb_az(at)blm.gov.

    OHV Site Locator Map (OHV Site Map)

 
19Hieroglyphic Mountains Area/ Boulders Staging Area (Wickenburg)
Numerous OHV routes traverse this area, which is bounded by Lake Pleasant to the east, Wickenburg to the west and Prescott National Forest on the north. Vehicle travel is allowed only on existing routes. The Boulders Staging Area, off Highway 74 between mileposts 11 and 12, offers access, camping and restroom. This area is a mix of private, state and public land and you are asked to comply with signs, carry a map and to not trespass. Please ride SLOWLY in the staging area to reduce dust and for safety. Excess dust can lead to closure, so please follow rules to help keep this site open. This area is Low Desert and includes the spring, fall and winter seasons. An Access Guide for this area is available from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Contact BLM, Hassayampa Field Office, (623) 580-5500. This site is subject to closure on days when a high pollution advisory for dust (known as PM10) has been issued. Before heading out, please check to see if an advisory for PM10 has been issued, at azdeq.gov/ensemble.pdf PDF Document External Link.

    Download Hieroglyphic Mountains Area Map (PDF Document 386 KB PDF)
    OHV Site Locator Map (OHV Site Map)

 
20. Maverick Trail

    OHV Site Locator Map (OHV Site Map)  

 
21Rolls OHV Area is located one hour from Phoenix, east of the Beeline Highway, north of Saguaro Lake, and south of Four Peaks Road. Vehicle travel is allowed only on existing routes. This area is Low Desert and includes the spring, fall and winter seasons. Contact Tonto National Forest, Mesa Ranger District at (480) 610-3300. This site is subject to closure on days when a high pollution advisory for dust (known as PM10) has been issued. Before heading out, please check to see if an advisory for PM10 has been issued at azdeq.gov/ensemble.pdf PDF Document External Link.

    OHV Site Locator Map (OHV Site Map)

 
22Bulldog Canyon OHV Area (Saguaro Lake)
Located one hour from Phoenix, with access from the City of Mesa at Usery Pass Road, off of the Bush Highway. Vehicle travel is allowed only on routes designated as open by brown fiberglass vertical markers. All routes other than FR10, 12, 1356, 3512, 3556 and 3554 are closed to motorized travel. Use of Bulldog OHV area requires a permit. This area is Low Desert and includes all seasons Get online directions to Bulldog area access locations External Link Contact Tonto National Forest, Mesa Ranger District for a required permit at (480) 610-3300. This site is subject to closure on days when a high pollution advisory for dust (known as PM10) has been issued. Before heading out, please check to see if an advisory for PM10 has been issued at azdeq.gov/ensemble.pdf PDF Document External Link.

    Download Bulldog Canyon OHV Area Map (PDF Document 3.4 MB PDF)
    OHV Site Locator Map (OHV Site Map)

 
23Desert Wells
This site is available for recreational use, thanks to the collaborative efforts of volunteers and land management agencies. This area includes more than 180 miles of trails located one hour east of Phoenix, near Apache Junction (U.S. Route 60 and State Route 79). This site requires an Arizona State Land Department (ASLD) recreation permit to ride. Vehicle travel is allowed only on existing signed routes. There are grazing allotments for four different cattle ranches within this area. Please stay out of cattle water tanks (which look like dirt mounds) and respect the closed gates and grazing areas. There are NO hillclimbs in this area. The area is relatively flat with some rolling trails. Excess dust can lead to closure, so please follow rules to help keep this site open. Do not ride near the fence along the road. Help pick up trash. There is no target shooting. This area is Low Desert and includes the spring, fall and winter seasons. Contact ASLD at (602) 364-2753 to purchase a permit or learn about permits online. External Link Contact AZ Game and Fish Department for an access guide at (602) 942-3000 or download online guide at Arizona Game & Fish Department website. External Link This site is subject to closure on days when a high pollution advisory for dust (known as PM10) has been issued. Before heading out, please check to see if an advisory for PM10 has been issued at azdeq.gov/ensemble.pdf PDF Document External Link.

    OHV Site Locator Map (OHV Site Map)

 
24Mescal Mountains OHV Area (Kearny)
This area near Kearny is good for beginners and allows for all types of off-highway vehicles. The elevation ranges from 2000 to 2400 feet. Use is limited to existing routes which are located on land managed by the Bureau of Land Management. This site includes a staging area, picnic and camping areas and restrooms. This area is Low Desert. Contact the Town of Kearny at (520) 363-5547.This site is subject to closure on days when a high pollution advisory for dust (known as PM10) has been issued. Before heading out, please check to see if an advisory for PM10 has been issued atazdeq.gov/ensemble.pdf PDF Document External Link.

    OHV Site Locator Map (OHV Site Map)

 
25Sunrise to Big Lake Snowmobile Route
When snow closes roads in the National Forests, this route remains open for snowmobile use. Facilities include toilets, and trailhead parking accommodates trailers. The route traverses beautiful mountains and meadows through forests of pine, spruce, and fir. Contact the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, Springerville Ranger District at (928) 333-4372.

    OHV Site Locator Map (OHV Site Map)

 
26Saffel Canyon Trail (Eagar)
Saffel Canyon Trail, near Eagar, includes some of the most spectacular views in the White Mountains. The trail begins at an elevation of 7600 feet and climbs to 9400 feet at Pat Knoll. The distance is 25 miles, round-trip and the difficulty level is moderate. The trail goes through three distinct vegetation zones: pinyon-juniper, Ponderosa pine and mixed conifer. There is trailhead parking which accommodates trailers; the trailhead has two picnic ramadas, restroom, and a "tot lot" where young riders can learn some basic ATV skills. Trail access is near Eagar. Contact the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, Springerville Ranger District at (928) 333-4372. Map is available.

    OHV Site Locator Map (OHV Site Map)

 
27Rattlesnake Gap (Greenlee County)
With 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 Forest, 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 it can quickly turn treacherous when the weather gets rough. Some routes in the area are restricted to highway-legal/licensed vehicles. Two campgrounds with tables and fire rings have been installed in the Rattlesnake Gap area. Contact the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, Clifton Ranger District at (928) 687-8600. Download map and information here:

    Download Rattlesnake Gap General Map & Rules (PDF Document 77 KB PDF)
    Download Rattlesnake Gap Detailed Map & Rules (PDF Document 2 MB PDF)
    OHV Site Locator Map (OHV Site Map)

 
28Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area
Located 20 miles northeast of Safford, this site offers rugged OHV opportunities. 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). This area is High Desert with spring, fall and winter seasons. Contact the Bureau of Land Management, Safford Field Office at  (928) 348-4400.

    OHV Site Locator Map (OHV Site Map)

 
29Black Hills Backcountry Byway (Safford)
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. This area is High Desert with spring, fall and winter seasons. Contact the Bureau of Land Management, Safford Field Office at (928) 348-4400.

    OHV Site Locator Map (OHV Site Map)

 
Hot Well Dunes Recreation Area30Hot Well Dunes Recreation Area (Safford)
This 2,000-acre “open” dune area is located 35 miles south of Safford. Facilities include two hot tubs, restrooms, developed and undeveloped campsites, picnic areas and a watchable wildlife area. Off-Highway Vehicles are also allowed on existing routes outside the Hot Well Dunes Recreation Area. This area is High Desert with spring, fall and winter seasons. Contact the Bureau of Land Management, Safford Field Office at (928) 348-4400.

    OHV Site Locator Map (OHV Site Map)

 
31Redington Pass Backcountry Touring Area (Tucson)
Located approximately 12 miles northeast of the City of Tucson and 24 miles south of San Manuel, Redington Road is the only access into this OHV recreation and natural resource area. Motorized travel is permitted only 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. ATV and dirt bike riders find this area just as technically challenging. This is a High Desert and oak woodland area. More information and a map. External LinkFor an area brochure contact the Coronado National Forest, Santa Catalina Ranger District at (520) 749-8700.

    Download Redington Pass Backcountry Map (PDF Document 104 KB PDF)
    OHV Site Locator Map (OHV Site Map)

 
32Pima Motorsports Park (Tucson)
Located south of Tucson, this county-operated park includes competitive and practice/beginner motorcross tracks which only allow bikes. Other riding areas include an ATV track, cross-country trail and OHV obstacle course. This area offers ATV certification classes and is Low Desert. Park is for day use only and requires a fee. Contact the Pima County Parks and Recreation Department at (520) 877-6000.

    OHV Site Locator Map (OHV Site Map)

 
33Santa Rita Mountain Backcountry Touring Area (Sonoita)
Just west of Highway 83 and north of Sonoita, the east side of the Santa Rita Mountains offers miles of roads in High Desert and oak woodland foothills. This area is subject to all seasons, and must avoid wet conditions. More information and a map.External Link Contact the Coronado National Forest, Nogales Ranger District at (520) 281-2296.

    Download Santa Rita Mountain Map (PDF Document 1.1 MB PDF)
    OHV Site Locator Map (OHV Site Map)

 
34South Patagonia Mountains (Sierra Vista)
Between Nogales and Sierra Vista and east of Highway 82, the Patagonia Mountain range offers many opportunities for OHV recreation. This area includes High Desert scrub and oak woodland. This area is subject to all seasons, and you are should avoid wet conditions. Contact the Coronado National Forest, Sierra Vista Ranger District at (520) 378-0311. More information. External Link

    Download South Patagonia Mountains Map (PDF Document 147 KB PDF)
    OHV Site Locator Map (OHV Site Map)

 
35 The Great Western Trail (GWT)
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 GWT is north of Phoenix and traverses rugged and beautiful country in 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. Click here for more information:

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36. Copper Canyon Trail
The Copper Canyon Trailhead Project is a multi-use trailhead located just outside of Camp Verde on the Prescott National Forest. The trailhead is located on Forest Road 136 and provides a connection to the Hayfield Draw OHV Area located about 10 miles away (on Highway 260) via Trail 545. FR136 provides a connection to the Great Western Trail and a scenic ride to the top of Cherry Peak.

 
† = Crosses parcels of state trust land.

 
Motorized Vehicle Use Sites by Land Management Agencies

Visitors have unique and uncommon opportunities to rediscover the splendor of the West's public lands by highway and backcountry routes. Whether you are a skilled 4-wheeled vehicle driver or you have just rented a car (and have promised to stay on the pavement!), there are many places on public lands where you can get off the beaten path and enjoy Arizona's diverse scenery, heritage and challenges. National Back Country Byways, Scenic Drives, and Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Opportunities abound throughout the state.

Bureau of Land Management

USDA Forest Service OHV Information

 
Phoenix & Maricopa County

New laws have been adopted across the Phoenix metropolitan area in response to air quality concerns. Some cities now restrict the operation of motorized vehicles on many unpaved roads and vacant lots. Check with your local law enforcement or city office to find out if your recreational use is permissible.

On days when a high pollution advisory FOR PARTICULATE MATTER has been issued by the Arizona Department for Environmental Quality (ADEQ), off-highway vehicle activities on unpaved surfaces will not be permitted in most incorporated areas of Maricopa County and some portions of other counties. The ADEQ determines what days qualify as HPA days for PM-10. For more information and to sign up for text message alerts go online to: www.azdeq.gov/sms.html. External Link

    Download Additional Phoenix & Maricopa County Information (PDF Document 98 KB PDF)

 
Great Western Trail

Great Western Trail
The Great Western Trail is a primitive, shared-use route still under development.

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.. North of Phoenix, the GWT traverses rugged and beautiful country in 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.

The Great Western Trail is a primitive, shared-use route still under development. The GWT provides an opportunity for the more adventurous to discover Arizona on a road less traveled. It incorporates stunning desert and canyon landscapes, plateaus, woodlands, dense forests and alpine meadows. It is a "corridor of discovery" which provides the traveler with not only a primitive, backcountry experience but also with opportunities to learn about the ancient cultures, history and environments of Arizona. Existing GWT routes in Arizona have followed established roads and 4WD trails with very little new construction.

The GWT is a “work in progress.” The GWT concept is to designate a trail system which traverses thousands of miles through Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana. A diverse partnership of land management agencies, the Arizona Great Western Trail Association (AZGWT) and many local organizations worked hard at making the Arizona section of the GWT a reality.

The first segment of the GWT established in Arizona was the Bulldog Canyon Trail, in the Tonto National Forest, which was dedicated in 1996. This was followed by the 72 mile Cave Creek segment, also in the Tonto National Forest. The Sears-Kay Ruin, an ancient Hohokam village atop a hill overlooking the GWT near Cave Creek, became the first sanctioned "Point of Discovery" along the trail. In the Prescott National Forest, 72 miles have also been dedicated and signed. On the South Kaibab National Forest, 84 miles of GWT have been located and all trail improvements were completed. In order for the South Kaibab section to connect to State Highway 64, up to 21 miles of highway/road on the Navajo Reservation must be used.

From Highway 64, the GWT traveler must drive nearly 100 miles on pavement to circumvent the Grand Canyon. The route follows U.S. 89, then 89A, to a point 19 miles west of Marble Canyon where, beneath the beautiful Vermilion Cliffs, the GWT leaves the pavement and heads for the Kaibab Plateau. This 55-mile section starts on BLM land at about 4,500 foot elevation, climbs to 8,000 feet in the North Kaibab National Forest and then returns to the desert at the Utah border.

The original proposal for the GWT south from the Tonto National Forest was developed through many hours and days of volunteer time. It contains many scenic and challenging sections of 4-wheel drive roads. While it has been possible to locate most of the northern two-thirds of the Arizona GWT on Federal land, this will not be the case for the southern portion. Because the federal land in southern Arizona is scattered and divided by state and private land, it will be much more difficult to establish large sections of the GWT here. It is likely that in this part of the state, the GWT will be a collection of passages connected by graded county roads or state highways.

To date, much progress has been made on the Great Western Trail. The AZGWT Association is not currently active. Agencies are currently inventorying the designated GWT section to provide better maps. In the meantime, contact the appropriate land agency for each section of the trail you desire to traverse (which may include multiple Forest Service Ranger Districts, BLM Field Offices, and other entities). Some portion of the GWT map is in the Arizona Atlas & Gazetteer (which is available for purchase at map stores).

Great Western Trail Map

    Download Great Western Trail Map (PDF Document 2.3 MB PDF)

 
USDA Forest Service

Map of designated routes for motorized vehicle travel available online. External Link

 
State Trust Land

An OHV meeting the 1,800-pound requirement and displaying the OHV Decal may cross State Trust Land only on designated or open existing roads and trails. Do not enter closed areas.

  • Operation of support vehicles (RV, truck, trailer, etc.) requires a recreational permit.
  • Any other recreational purposes (picnics, camping, etc.) require the purchase of a recreation permit from the Arizona State Land Department. External Link

 
BLM Access Guides

Off-highway vehicles are permitted, with restrictions, in many areas under BLM administration in Arizona and along the Colorado River in California. Other areas, such as designated wilderness and other sensitive areas, are closed to OHV use. The BLM, in partnership with the Arizona State Parks OHV Program, is developing a series of OHV Access Guides identifying motorized routes available to the public.

Currently available:

  • Ehrenberg-Cibola

This publication may be purchased for $4.00 through The Information Center of the State Office (BLM).

 
Custom Maps, Books, & More

To obtain a travel map for the area you wish to ride or for books and information about Arizona’s public lands, call the Information Center of the State Office at (602) 417-9300.

 
USFS Travel Management

Travel Management & Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Program

Travel Management Rule
36 CFR 212, Subpart B, Designation of Roads, Trails, and Areas for Motor Vehicle Use External Link

Highlights of the Rule

  • The rule requires each National Forest or Ranger District to designate those roads, trails, and areas open to motor vehicles.
  • Designation will include class of vehicle and, if appropriate, time of year for motor vehicle use. A given route, for example, could be designated for use by motorcycles, ATVs, or street-legal vehicles.
  • Once designation is complete, the rule will prohibit motor vehicle use off the designated system or which is inconsistent with the designations.
  • Designation decisions will be made locally, with public input and in coordination with state, local, and tribal governments.
  • Designations will be shown on a motor vehicle use map. Use inconsistent with the designations will be prohibited.

Motor Vehicle Use Maps Completed Motor Vehicle Use Maps External Link

Schedule for Implementation of the Travel Management Rule
On June 8, 2006, Forest Service Chief Dale Bosworth approved the agency's schedule for implementation of the travel management rule. The schedule will guide local efforts to designate those roads, trails, and areas open to motor vehicle use through a collaborative travel planning process emphasizing public involvement and coordination with state, local, and tribal governments. The schedule also contains important information on the current status of travel planning on each national forest and grassland across the country. Learn more. External Link

 
BLM Travel Management

Resource Management Plans
Here is an overview of the BLM’s Resource Management Planning. The BLM Arizona manages approximately 12.2 million surface acres of public land, and realizes that public involvement is critical. The land-use planning process, which allows the public to get involved in the process, gives BLM employees a blueprint about how the public land should be managed. BLM Arizona's mission is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the public land, and land-use planning is a vital area of involvement.

Involvement by everyone who is interested in the public lands will help ensure that the best overall possible plan is developed. Learn more about BLM's Land Use Planning. External Link

Travel Management Planning

BLM identifies its transportation system through interdisciplinary assessments and analysis. Official route designation (roads, primitive roads and trails) occur with the completion of a Travel Management Plan (TMP). TMPs contain management objectives, prescriptions, and actions that explain how identified transportation systems and associated lands are to be managed and used to meet public needs.

In Arizona, District and Field Offices utilize a systematic, analytical tool known as the Route Evaluation Process. It was developed by Advanced Resource Solutions in the early 2000s, while the BLM was designating portions of the California Desert District. Along with public input, this process allows staff to review and analyze existing and proposed route network alternatives, while studying effects on critical natural and cultural resources. Results are reviewed by the public, prior to official designation and issue of the TMP. Learn more about the BLM's Travel Management Planning. External Link

BLM Field Offices:

 
ASP Statewide Trails Plan

State Trails Plan 2010
Arizona State Parks are mandated to prepare a state trails and off-highway vehicle trails plan every five years. Learn more about the 2010 State Trails Plan

 
Call Before You GO – Phone Numbers

Bureau of Land Management

BLM Arizona State Office: (602) 417-9200
Arizona Strip Field Office: (435) 688-3200
Lake Havasu Field Office: (928) 505-1200
Kingman Field Office: (928) 718-3700
Yuma Field Office: (928) 317-3200
Safford Field Office: (928) 348-4400
Tucson Field Office: (520) 258-7200
Hassayampa Field Office: (623) 580-5500
Lower Sonoran Field Office: (623) 580-5500

National Forests

Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest: (928) 333-6280
Alpine Ranger District: (928) 339-5000 Snowmobile Opportunities
Black Mesa Ranger District: (928) 535-7300 Snowmobile Opportunities
Clifton Ranger District: (928) 687-8600
Lakeside Ranger District: (928) 368-2100 Snowmobile Opportunities
Springerville Ranger District: (928) 333-6200 Snowmobile Opportunities

Coconino National Forest: (928) 527-3600
Mogollon Rim Ranger District: (928) 477-2255
Flagstaff/Mormon Lake/Peaks Ranger District (928) 526-0866
Red Rock Ranger District: (928) 203-7500

Coronado National Forest: (520) 388-8300
Douglas Ranger District: (520) 364-3468
Nogales Ranger District: (520) 281-2296
Safford Ranger District: (928) 428-4150
Santa Catalina Ranger District: (520) 749-8700
Sierra Vista Ranger District: (520) 378-0311

Kaibab National Forest: (928) 635-8200
North Kaibab Ranger District: (928) 643-7395 Snowmobile Opportunities
Tusayan Ranger District: (928) 638-2443
Williams Ranger District: (928) 635-5600

Prescott National Forest: (928) 443-8000
Bradshaw Ranger District: (928) 443-8000
Chino Valley Ranger District: (928) 777-2200
Verde Ranger District: (928) 567-4121

Tonto National Forest: (602) 225-5200
Cave Creek Ranger District: (480) 595-3300
Globe Ranger District: (928) 402-6200
Mesa Ranger District: (480) 610-3300
Payson Ranger District: (928) 474-7900
Pleasant Valley Ranger District: (928) 462-4300
Tonto Basin Ranger District: (928) 467-3200

Snowmobile Opportunities= Districts with snowmobile opportunities
Arizona State Land Department: (602) 542-4631
Mohave County: (928) 753-9141

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