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Agua Caliente

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Alt Names

Agua Caliente Scenic Drive, Yellow Medicine Hills, Gila Bend Mountains, Sonoran Desert, Gila Compressor Station, Eagletail Mountain Wilderness, Saddle Mountain, Black Butte, Fourth Of July Butte, Face Mountain, Coppper Wash

Last Known StatusOpen

Because it is so hot and dry, Agua Caliente is best explored during the winter or spring months. Old mines and some narrow washes are among the many things to discover. (There used be a ghost town at Sundad but it has been leveled.)

Although you won't find a lot of challenging trails or specific motorcycle or ATV trails, there is still a large network of sand washes and general 4x4 roads in a very remote setting. It's a good place for cruising.

This area was a popular place to go in the late 1880's and early 1900's and the hot springs in the area were used for medicinal purposes. The sandy trails are surrounded by beautiful desert vegetation with the southern route climbing onto the Sentinel Plain lava flow - a landscape of lava from 15 to 45 meters thick.

There are no services and no drinking water in the area, but nearby Painted Rock Campground does have picnic tables, BBQ grills, fire rings and vault toilets, plus an opportunity to view the prehistoric petroglyphs.

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LOCATION

Nearest CityPhoenix, AZ
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From: Phoenix, AZ
1) Take I-10 west to exit 112
2) Merge onto Hwy 85 south, continue 15 miles to Patterson Road exit 138
3) Turn right off the exit ramp, continue about 100 yards
4) Look for left turn lane and turn onto Patterson Road, continue 3.5 miles
5) Turn right on Old US-80, continue 8 miles
6) Turn left (west) on Agua Caliente Road, continue .6 miles
7) Veer right to stay on Agua Caliente Road, continue about 300 yards
8) Turn left onto gravel road, stage here.

TYPE OF AREA

AreaTrail
LandBLM

QUALITY

Proslarge area, beautiful desert scenery
Consno services
RatingRatingGood    
Recommended StayFull Day

TERRAIN

Square Miles200
Miles Of Trail25
Climate TypeDesert
Elevation800 to 1700 ft.
Trail MaintenanceNot Marked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has some sandy areas.Some
MudThe trail has no mud after it rains.None
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has little rocks.Little
TreesThe trail has no trees.None
Steep HillsThis trail has few steep hills.Few
Water CrossingsThe trail has few water crossings.FewSeasonal
Small JumpsThis trail has few small jumps.Few
Large JumpsThis trail has few large jumps.Few
BermsThe trail has no berms.None
Sand/Gravel PitsThis BLM land has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis BLM land has few single track trails.Few
RoadsThis BLM land has mostly roads.Mostly
IntersectionsThis trail has some intersections.Some
Rider TrafficThe BLM land has few rider traffic on typical days.Few
ShadeThis BLM land has few shaded areas.Few
Ranges/GunfireThis BLM land has few shooting ranges or gunfire.Few
HazardsThis trail has no hazards.None
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has mostly beginner terrain.Mostly
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has some intermediate level terrain.Some
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little

REGULATIONS

Permit RequiredYesAZGFD sticker required
Dates OpenYear-Round
Spark ArrestorNoA spark arresting silencer or end cap is not required but is always recommended.
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 CampingNo Restriction(camp anywhere)
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresNo Restriction
Night RidingYes
Cross CountryProhibitedkeep on the 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

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

KEY SERVICES

First Aid First Aid30+ Miles (NE)West Valley Emergency Center (623) 245-6700
Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (NE)Shell/Buckeye
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (NE)Shell/Buckeye
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (NE)Shell/Buckeye
RV Hookups RV Hookup20-30 Miles (S)Augie's Quail Trail RV Park/Gila Bend (928) 683-2850
RV Dump Station RV Disposal20-30 Miles (S)Augie's Quail Trail RV Park/Gila Bend (928) 683-2850
Primitive Camping Campground5-20 Miles (E)Buckeye Hills Regional Park (623) 932-3811
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (NE)Shell/Buckeye
Swimming Swim Area30+ Miles (NE)Salt River Tubing and Recreation (480) 984-3305
Body of Water Water Body30+ Miles (NE)Salt River
Boating Launch Boat Ramp30+ Miles (NE)Lake Pleasant Regional Park (928) 501-1710

CONTACTS

Contact InfoBLM - Phoenix Field Office
21605 N. 7th Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85027-2099
(623) 580-5500
asoweb_az@blm.gov
www.blm.gov
Contact InfoArizona Game & Fish Department
5000 W. Carefree Highway
Phoenix, AZ 85086-5000
(602) 942-3000
www.azgfd.gov
CommentOHV Decal Info

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Agua Caliente Trail Photo

Agua Caliente Trail

The area consists mostly of sand washes and 4x4 roads like this one.

Agua Caliente Trail Photo

Some terrain at Agua Caliente Trail

There are some really cool sand washes and channels.

Agua Caliente Trail Photo

Example of terrain at Agua Caliente Trail

Some of the channels look pretty narrow but there wasn't anything too narrow for a compact truck.

Agua Caliente Trail Photo

Terrain example at Agua Caliente Trail

Agua Caliente Trail Photo

Example of terrain at Agua Caliente Trail

Although the terrain is pretty mild, the rules of the Arizona desert still apply.  Be sure to bring supplies, especially water.

Agua Caliente Trail Photo

Scenery at Agua Caliente Trail

The main route is basically just a well maintained dirt road.

Agua Caliente Trail Photo

Scenic view of Agua Caliente Trail

If you enjoy huge open spaces and appreciate scenic views you'll have a nice drive or ride.

Agua Caliente Trail Photo

A trail at Agua Caliente Trail

These channels in the sand wash were kind of fun.

Agua Caliente Trail Photo

Example of terrain at Agua Caliente Trail

This was probably the narrowest of the channels we saw. A full size truck could maybe lose some paint here.

Agua Caliente Trail Photo

Scenery at Agua Caliente Trail

Agua Caliente Trail Photo

Scenic view of Agua Caliente Trail

Some nice scenery.

Agua Caliente Trail Photo

Scenic view at Agua Caliente Trail

Agua Caliente Trail Photo

Some terrain at Agua Caliente Trail

Agua Caliente Trail Photo

Scenery from Agua Caliente Trail

Agua Caliente Trail Photo

Terrain example at Agua Caliente Trail

Agua Caliente Trail Photo

Some terrain at Agua Caliente Trail

Agua Caliente Trail Photo

Terrain example at Agua Caliente Trail

Agua Caliente Trail Photo

Example of terrain at Agua Caliente Trail

Agua Caliente Trail Photo

Scenery at Agua Caliente Trail

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