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Bulldog Canyon OHV Area

Saturday, January 25, 2014
Alt Names Dome Mountain, Orophi Mountains, Pass Mountain, Goldfield Mountains, Salt River, Tonto National Forest, Mesa Ranger District
Last Known Status Open
DESCRIPTION

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 online or in person 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.

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LOCATION
Nearest City Phoenix, AZ
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From: Phoenix, AZ
1) Take Hwy 60 east to exit 196 (Idaho Road)
2) Turn north off the exit ramp, continue 4.4 miles
3) Turn right (east) on McKellips Road, continue .4 miles
4) Turn left (north) on Wolverine Pass Road, continue .8 miles
5) Veer right on Tonto Street, continue .2 miles
6) Turn left (north) on Cactus Road, continue .2 miles to staging area.
TYPE OF AREA
Area Trail
Land National Forest
QUALITY
Pros free, spectacular desert scenery
Cons 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
Rating Rating    Fair    
Recommended Stay Half Day
Spring
TERRAIN
Square Miles 40
Miles Of Trail 20
Climate Type Desert
Elevation 1500 to 2500 ft.
Trail Maintenance Marked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose Dirt This trail has some loose dirt.Some
Hard Pack The trail has some hard pack terrain.Some
Sand This trail has little sandy areas.Little
Mud The trail has little mud after it rains.Little
Dust The trail has little dust on typical days.Little
Rocks This trail has mostly rocks.Mostly
Trees The trail has no trees.None
Steep Hills This trail has few steep hills.Few
Water Crossings The trail has many water crossings.Many seasonal
Small Jumps This trail has few small jumps.Few
Large Jumps This trail has no large jumps.None
Berms The trail has few berms.Few
Sand/Gravel Pits This national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single Track This national forest has no single track trails.None
Roads This national forest has almost all roads.All
Intersections This trail has few intersections.Few
Rider Traffic The national forest has few rider traffic on typical days.Few
Shade This national forest has no shaded areas.None
Ranges/Gunfire This national forest has few shooting ranges or gunfire.Few
Hazards This trail has few hazards.Few (hazards not marked)
loose boulders
Easy Terrain Novice This trail has little beginner terrain.Little
Moderate Terrain Amateur This trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain Expert This trail has some expert terrain.Some
Comment Trail 10 is extremely rocky, 1356 is somewhat rocky but more smoother for motorcycles.
REGULATIONS
Permit Required Yes AZGFD sticker required
Tonto FS  Permit
Dates Open Year-Round
Spark Arrestor Yes A spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise Limit Yes (96 dB)
Whip Flags Not Required
Maximum Vehicle Width
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles Permitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVs Permitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXS Permitted
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered) Permitted
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Permitted
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No Restriction
Helmets Required Youth Only required for persons under 18 by state law
(RiderPlanet strongly recommends helmets for all riders.)
Bicycles No Restriction
Hiking No Restriction
Horseback No Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking Camping No Restriction (camp anywhere)
Campfire Restrictions Campfires No Restriction
Night Riding Yes
Cross Country Prohibited stay on trail
Alcohol No Restriction
Fireworks Prohibited
Firearms Some Areas target shooting is prohibited
Emergency / Law Enforcement Few/Periodic
Insurance *Disclaimer: RiderPlanet recommends that all riders obtain motorcycle insurance or ATV / UTV insurance before visiting any of the locations depicted.
FEES
Parking No ($0.00)
Entry No ($0.00)
Riding No ($0.00)
Camping No ($0.00)
KEY SERVICES
First Aid First Aid 5-20 Miles (SW) Valley Lutheran Hospital (480) 981-2000
Gasoline Gasoline 5-20 Miles (SW) Chevron/Mesa (480) 357-3822
Diesel Diesel 5-20 Miles (SW) Chevron/Mesa (480) 357-3822
Potable Water Water 5-20 Miles (SW) Chevron/Mesa (480) 357-3822
RV Hookups RV Hookup 5-20 Miles (SE) Lost Dutchman State Park (480) 982-4485
RV Dump Station RV Disposal 5-20 Miles (SE) Lost Dutchman State Park (480) 982-4485
Primitive Camping Campground 5-20 Miles (SE) Lost Dutchman State Park (480) 982-4485
Convenience Store Conv Store 5-20 Miles (SW) Chevron/Mesa (480) 357-3822
Swimming Swim Area 5-20 Miles (NW) Salt River Tubing & Recreation (480) 984-3305
Body of Water Water Body 5-20 Miles (N) Salt River
Boating Launch Boat Ramp 5-20 Miles (NE) Canyon Lake Marina (480) 288-9233
CONTACTS
Contact Info Tonto National Forest - Mesa Ranger District
5140 E. Ingram Street
Mesa, AZ 85205
(480) 610-3300
mesa_ohvpermit@fs.fed.us
www.fs.usda.gov
Contact Info Arizona Game & Fish Department
(602) 942-3000
www.azgfd.gov
Comment OHV Decal Info
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Bulldog Canyon OHV Area Trail Photo

Bulldog Canyon OHV Area Trail

This is the smoother of the two main motorized routes.  The scenery was great but the trail is really just a road.
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Honda CRF Motorbike at Bulldog Canyon OHV Area Trail

Bulldog Canyon OHV Area Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Bulldog Canyon OHV Area Trail

Bulldog Canyon OHV Area Trail Photo

OHV at Bulldog Canyon OHV Area Trail

Bulldog Canyon OHV Area Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Bulldog Canyon OHV Area Trail

Bulldog Canyon OHV Area Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Bulldog Canyon OHV Area Trail

Bulldog Canyon OHV Area Trail Photo

Honda CRF Dirt Bike at Bulldog Canyon OHV Area Trail

Bulldog Canyon OHV Area Trail Photo

Honda CRF Dirtbike at Bulldog Canyon OHV Area Trail

Bulldog Canyon OHV Area Trail Photo

A trail at Bulldog Canyon OHV Area Trail

Bulldog Canyon OHV Area Trail Photo

Bulldog Canyon OHV Area Trail

Bulldog Canyon OHV Area Trail Photo

Scenery at Bulldog Canyon OHV Area Trail

Bulldog Canyon OHV Area Trail Photo

Honda CRF Trail Bike at Bulldog Canyon OHV Area Trail

Bulldog Canyon OHV Area Trail Photo

Honda CRF Dirt Bike at Bulldog Canyon OHV Area Trail

Bulldog Canyon OHV Area Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorbike at Bulldog Canyon OHV Area Trail

Bulldog Canyon OHV Area Trail Photo

Some terrain at Bulldog Canyon OHV Area Trail

Bulldog Canyon OHV Area Trail Photo

Honda CRF Dirt Bike doing a wheelie at Bulldog Canyon OHV Area Trail

Bulldog Canyon OHV Area Trail Photo

Honda CRF Dirtbike at Bulldog Canyon OHV Area Trail

Bulldog Canyon OHV Area Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Bulldog Canyon OHV Area Trail

Bulldog Canyon OHV Area Trail Photo

Honda CRF Dirt Bike at Bulldog Canyon OHV Area Trail

Bulldog Canyon OHV Area Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Bulldog Canyon OHV Area Trail

Bulldog Canyon OHV Area Trail Photo

Honda CRF Trail Bike at Bulldog Canyon OHV Area Trail

Bulldog Canyon OHV Area Trail Photo

A trail at Bulldog Canyon OHV Area Trail

This single track looked great, but according to the map it's off limits.
Bulldog Canyon OHV Area Trail Photo

Scenic view of Bulldog Canyon OHV Area Trail

A view from the access road.
Bulldog Canyon OHV Area Trail Photo

RV Trailer Staging Area and Camping at Bulldog Canyon OHV Area Trail

The access gate is locked and a combination and pass are required to enter.  There is a small parking area outside the gate.
Bulldog Canyon OHV Area Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Bulldog Canyon OHV Area Trail

Bulldog Canyon OHV Area Trail Photo

Honda CRF Dirt Bike at Bulldog Canyon OHV Area Trail

The play area was the best part for motorcycles.
Bulldog Canyon OHV Area Trail Photo

Honda CRF Off-Road Bike at Bulldog Canyon OHV Area Trail

Bulldog Canyon OHV Area Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorbike at Bulldog Canyon OHV Area Trail

Bulldog Canyon OHV Area Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Bulldog Canyon OHV Area Trail

Bulldog Canyon OHV Area Trail Photo

Honda CRF Dirt Bike at Bulldog Canyon OHV Area Trail

Bulldog Canyon OHV Area Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorbike at Bulldog Canyon OHV Area Trail

Bulldog Canyon OHV Area Trail Photo

Honda CRF Dirtbike at Bulldog Canyon OHV Area Trail

It was rare to get more than a 20 yard section of smooth trail on this route... very rocky.
Bulldog Canyon OHV Area Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Bulldog Canyon OHV Area Trail

Bulldog Canyon OHV Area Trail Photo

Honda CRF Dirt Bike at Bulldog Canyon OHV Area Trail

Bulldog Canyon OHV Area Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Bulldog Canyon OHV Area Trail

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