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Desert Wells Multiuse Area

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Alt Names

Desert Wells Multiuse Area, Arizona

Last Known StatusOpen

This large area has miles and miles of very flat terrain. There are some marked trails, but they are really just smooth wide jeep roads with occasional dips into the sand washes.

The trails are usually very dry and dusty but they do wind through some interesting desert vegetation that consist of scrub brush, saguaro and cholla cactuses. The trails eventually go near a small pond which serves a watering hole for some of the local livestock.

There are multiple access points and a recreation permit is required but must be obtained prior to arrival. Overall this is a good place to bring a beginner but if you are looking for more challenging trails try Bulldog Canyon, Florence Coke Ovens or Mescal Mountain.

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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Nearest CityPhoenix, AZ
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From: Phoenix, AZ
1) Take US-60 east about 30 miles to mile marker 204
2) Look for a sign and cattle guard on the right, enter here.

TYPE OF AREA

AreaTrail
LandState Trust Land

RATINGS

Proslarge area, many access points, neat desert scenery, stage anywhere
Consvery dusty, no real actual trails, nothing challenging, no services, very flat
Our RatingRatingFair    
Recommended StayHalf Day
Spring/Fall
Comments(Scroll Down For Visitor Reviews & Comments)

TERRAIN

Square Miles75
Miles Of Trail25
Climate TypeDesert
Elevation1600 to 1800 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has little sandy areas.Little
MudThe trail has no mud after it rains.None
DustThe trail has almost all dust on typical days.All
RocksThis trail has little rocks.Little
TreesThe trail has few trees.Few
Steep HillsThis trail has no steep hills.None
Water CrossingsThe trail has no water crossings.None
Small JumpsThis trail has few small jumps.Few
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has no berms.None
Sand/Gravel PitsThis vacant land has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis vacant land has no single track trails.None
RoadsThis vacant land has almost all roads.All
IntersectionsThis trail has many intersections.Many
Rider TrafficThe vacant land has few rider traffic on typical days.Few
ShadeThis vacant land has no shaded areas.None
Ranges/GunfireThis vacant land has no shooting ranges or gunfire.None
HazardsThis trail has no hazards.None
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has almost all beginner terrain.All
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has no intermediate level terrain.None
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has no expert terrain.None

REGULATIONS

Permit RequiredYesAZGFD sticker required
AZ State Trust Land Recreation Permit
Dates OpenYear-Round
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle Width
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSPermitted
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered)PermittedNot Recommended
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Prohibited
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No Restriction
Helmets RequiredYouth Onlyrequired for persons under 18 by state law
(RiderPlanet strongly recommends helmets for all riders.)
BicyclesNo Restriction
HikingNo RestrictionNot Recommended
HorsebackNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingNo Restriction(camp anywhere)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresNo Restriction
Night RidingUnknown
Cross CountryProhibitedstay on trails
AlcoholNo Restriction
FireworksProhibited
FirearmsProhibited
Emergency / Law EnforcementFew/Periodic
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that all riders obtain medical insurance and buy motorcycle insurance or ATV insurance before visiting any of the locations depicted on this website.

FEES & PASSES

ParkingNo ($0.00)
EntryNo ($0.00)
RidingYes ($15.00 per rider)
AZ Trust Land Recreation Permit
CampingNo ($0.00)

KEY SERVICES

First Aid First Aid30+ Miles (NW)Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center (602) 239-2000
Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (NW)Shell (480) 671-7182
Diesel Diesel1-5 Miles (NW)Shell (480) 671-7182
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (NW)Mesa Apache Junction KOA (480) 982-4015
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (NW)Mesa Apache Junction KOA (480) 982-4015
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (NW)Mesa Apache Junction KOA (480) 982-4015
Primitive Camping Campground5-20 Miles (NW)Mesa Apache Junction KOA (480) 982-4015
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (NW)Shell (480) 671-7182
Swimming Swim Area20-30 Miles (N)Canyon Lake
Body of Water Water Body20-30 Miles (N)Canyon Lake
Boating Launch Boat Ramp20-30 Miles (S)Canyon Lake Marina (480) 288-9233

OFFICIAL CONTACTS

Contact InfoArizona State Land Department
1616 W. Adams Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007
(602) 364-2753
(602) 542-4631
land.az.gov
Contact InfoArizona Game & Fish Department
5000 W. Carefree Highway
Phoenix, AZ 85086-5000
(602) 942-3000
www.azgfd.gov
CommentOHV Decal Info

GPS POINTS

RECENT COMMENTS & REVIEWS

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Desert Wells Multiuse Area Trail

The terrain is mostly flat but there are a few small dips but no real challenging sections. This is the place to go if you are looking for a place to bring a beginner.

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OHV at Desert Wells Multiuse Area Trail

There are some really cool sand washes to explore.

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OHV at Desert Wells Multiuse Area Trail

The only challenging terrain can be found in the sand washes, but it doesn't last long. The sand wash is narrow but is wide enough for ATVs.

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OHV at Desert Wells Multiuse Area Trail

Desert Wells Trail Photo

OHV at Desert Wells Multiuse Area Trail

The terrain may be flat but the scenery is beautiful. Lots of rugged mountain views and various cactuses can be found here.

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Honda OHV at Desert Wells Multiuse Area Trail

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Scenery at Desert Wells Multiuse Area Trail

You may encounter a few cows at the small pond.

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OHV at Desert Wells Multiuse Area Trail

This is a good place to go for a half day ride on an ATV or UTV.

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OHV at Desert Wells Multiuse Area Trail

Desert Wells Trail Photo

OHV at Desert Wells Multiuse Area Trail

The trails can be a bit dusty during dry weather.

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OHV at Desert Wells Multiuse Area Trail

Desert Wells Trail Photo

OHV at Desert Wells Multiuse Area Trail

Desert Wells Trail Photo

OHV at Desert Wells Multiuse Area Trail

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OHV at Desert Wells Multiuse Area Trail

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Scenery from Desert Wells Multiuse Area Trail

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OHV at Desert Wells Multiuse Area Trail

Desert Wells Trail Photo

OHV at Desert Wells Multiuse Area Trail

Desert Wells Trail Photo

OHV at Desert Wells Multiuse Area Trail

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OHV at Desert Wells Multiuse Area Trail

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Terrain example at Desert Wells Multiuse Area Trail

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OHV at Desert Wells Multiuse Area Trail

Another view of the small pond.

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OHV at Desert Wells Multiuse Area Trail

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