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Charouleau Gap

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Alt Names

Charleau Gap, Coronado National Forest, Santa Catalina Mountains, Samaniego Ridge, Santa Catalina Ranger District

Last Known StatusOpen

This is a moderate 4x4 trail that stretches about 19 miles from N. Lago Del Oro Parkway all the way to Oracle. The trail is maintained by the Tucson Rough Riders Club, and consists mostly of rocky creek bed washes, deep ruts and some steep climbs.

There is not much in the way of actual motorcycle trails or ATV trails here, but there are a few shallow water crossings and some great desert scenery. This is can be a full day trip for 4x4s, or a couple of hours for dirt bikes and ATVs. Be sure to sign in at the gate and bring plenty of water because this is a very large area.

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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Nearest CityTucson, AZ
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From: Tucson, AZ
1) Take SR-77 (Oracle Road) to Golder Ranch Road intersection
2) Turn right (east) on Golder Ranch Road, continue 1.2 miles
3) Turn left (north) on N. Lago Del Oro Parkway, continue 3 miles
4) Look for a kiosk and cattleguard on the right, enter here.

TYPE OF AREA

AreaTrail
LandNational Forest, State Trust Land

RATINGS

Prosfree, great mountain scenery
Consno actual motorcycle trails, is really a 4x4 trail
Our RatingRatingGood    
Recommended StayFull Day
Fall/Spring
Comments(Scroll Down For Visitor Reviews & Comments)

TERRAIN

Miles Of Trail19
Climate TypeDesert
Elevation3000 to 5400 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has some loose dirt.Some
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has some sandy areas.Some
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has some dust on typical days.Some
RocksThis trail has some rocks.Some
TreesThe trail has few trees.Few
Steep HillsThis trail has many steep hills.Many
Water CrossingsThe trail has few water crossings.Few
Small JumpsThis trail has few small jumps.Few
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has some berms.Some
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has no single track trails.None
RoadsThis national forest has almost all roads.All
IntersectionsThis trail has few intersections.Few
Rider TrafficThe national forest has few rider traffic on typical days.Few
ShadeThis national forest has few shaded areas.Few
Ranges/GunfireThis national forest has few shooting ranges or gunfire.Few
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards not marked)
steep banks
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little

REGULATIONS

Permit RequiredYesAZGFD sticker required
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)Permitted
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Permitted
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 Restriction
HorsebackNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresSome Areas
Night RidingYesNot Recommended
Cross CountryProhibitedvehicles must stay on trail
AlcoholNo Restriction
FireworksProhibited
FirearmsSome Areas
Emergency / Law EnforcementFew/Periodic
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet recommends that all riders obtain motorcycle insurance or ATV / UTV insurance before visiting any of the locations depicted.

FEES & PASSES

ParkingNo ($0.00)
EntryNo ($0.00)
RidingNo ($0.00)
CampingNo ($0.00)

KEY SERVICES

First Aid First Aid20-30 Miles (SW)Northwest Medical Center (520) 742-9000
Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (SW)Vallero/Tucson
Diesel Diesel1-5 Miles (SW)Vallero/Tucson
Potable Water Water1-5 Miles (SW)Vallero/Tucson
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (S)Catalina State Park (520) 628-5798
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (S)Catalina State Park (520) 628-5798
Primitive Camping Campground5-20 Miles (S)Catalina State Park (520) 628-5798
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (SW)Vallero/Tucson
Swimming Swim Area30+ Miles (SE)Tanque Verde Falls
Body of Water Water Body30+ Miles (SE)Tanque Verde Falls
Boating Launch Boat Ramp30+ Miles (NW)Saguaro Lake Marina (480) 986-5546

OFFICIAL CONTACTS

Contact InfoCoronado National Forest - Santa Catalina Ranger District
5700 N. Sabino Canyon Road
Tucson, AZ 85750
(520) 749-8700
www.fs.fed.us
Contact InfoArizona Game And Fish
555 N. Greasewood Road
Tucson, AZ 85745
(520) 628-5376
(800) 352-0700
www.azgfd.gov
Contact InfoTucson Rough Riders
P.O. Box 78726
Tucson, AZ 85703-8726
www.facebook.com

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RECENT COMMENTS & REVIEWS

Charouleau Gap Trail Photo

Charouleau Gap Trail

The main staging area has a kiosk with information and a sign-in box.

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four by four at Charouleau Gap Trail

The trail starts to get rough quickly as it heads toward the mountains.

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OHV at Charouleau Gap Trail

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Charouleau Gap Trail

There are some shallow stream crossings.

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A trail at Charouleau Gap Trail

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Scenery from Charouleau Gap Trail

This is a good view of the start of the main route.

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Some terrain at Charouleau Gap Trail

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Scenery at Charouleau Gap Trail

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Terrain example at Charouleau Gap Trail

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Scenic view of Charouleau Gap Trail

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Example of terrain at Charouleau Gap Trail

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4x4 at Charouleau Gap Trail

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Scenic view of Charouleau Gap Trail

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Scenery at Charouleau Gap Trail

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Example of terrain at Charouleau Gap Trail

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OHV at Charouleau Gap Trail

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Charouleau Gap Trail

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Scenic view at Charouleau Gap Trail

Charouleau Gap Trail Photo

A trail at Charouleau Gap Trail

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Terrain example at Charouleau Gap Trail

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Scenery at Charouleau Gap Trail

Charouleau Gap Trail Photo

Example of terrain at Charouleau Gap Trail

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