Bulldog Canyon, Dome Mountain, Orophi Mountains, Pass Mountain, Goldfield Mountains, Salt River, Tonto National Forest
Last Known Status
Primarily a 4x4 playground, this area has numerous rocky desert trails with some great scenery. A gate combination code and a permit is required to access the area, which can be obtained from the Tonto National Forest. The permit is free but you will need to provide a driver's license or some other valid form of identification. Still, the process is quite simple and only takes a few minutes.
The south staging area has a really fun play pit with numerous trails and it comprises the most interesting terrain for ATVs and motorcycles. The rules state clearly that you need to stay on marked trails only, and that only some trails are open for vehicles, but the markings for motorized use can only be seen on the map that you receive with your pass so be sure to bring it on the trail with you.
Most of the motorized routes are simply 4x4 roads but the scenery is great here. ATV riders will probably have more fun than motorcyclists, primarily because one route is extremly chunky, and the other is relatively smooth and unchallenging. Primitive camping is permitted but there are no services.
From: Phoenix, AZ
1) Take Hwy 60 east to exit 196 (Idaho Rd.)
2) Turn north off the exit ramp, continue 4.4 miles
3) Turn right (east) on McKellips Rd., continue .4 miles
4) Turn left (north) on Wolverine Pass Rd., continue .8 miles
5) Veer right on Tonto St., continue .2 miles
6) Turn left (north) on Cactus Rd., continue .2 miles to staging area.
TYPE OF AREA
free, spectacular desert scenery
need to get permit & gate combo from forest service, no actual trails only roads, can ride roads only, trails are extremely rocky, trails are difficult to determine, no services
Half Day Spring
Miles Of Trail
1500 to 2500 ft.
Marked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
(hazards not marked) loose boulders
Trail 10 is extremely rocky, 1356 is somewhat rocky but more smoother & better for motorcycles