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Agua Caliente

Friday, October 17, 2014
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 Status Open
DESCRIPTION

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 City Phoenix, 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
Area Trail
Land BLM
QUALITY
Pros large area, beautiful desert scenery
Cons no services
Rating Rating    Good    
Recommended Stay Full Day
TERRAIN
Square Miles 200
Miles Of Trail 25
Climate Type Desert
Elevation 800 to 1700 ft.
Trail Maintenance Not Marked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose Dirt This trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard Pack The trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
Sand This trail has some sandy areas.Some
Mud The trail has no mud after it rains.None
Dust The trail has little dust on typical days.Little
Rocks This trail has little rocks.Little
Trees The trail has no trees.None
Steep Hills This trail has few steep hills.Few
Water Crossings The trail has few water crossings.Few Seasonal
Small Jumps This trail has few small jumps.Few
Large Jumps This trail has few large jumps.Few
Berms The trail has no berms.None
Sand/Gravel Pits This BLM land has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single Track This BLM land has few single track trails.Few
Roads This BLM land has mostly roads.Mostly
Intersections This trail has some intersections.Some
Rider Traffic The BLM land has few rider traffic on typical days.Few
Shade This BLM land has few shaded areas.Few
Ranges/Gunfire This BLM land has few shooting ranges or gunfire.Few
Hazards This trail has no hazards.None
Easy Terrain Novice This trail has mostly beginner terrain.Mostly
Moderate Terrain Amateur This trail has some intermediate level terrain.Some
Difficult Terrain Expert This trail has little expert terrain.Little
REGULATIONS
Permit Required Yes AZGFD sticker required
Dates Open Year-Round
Spark Arrestor No A spark arresting silencer or end cap is not required but is always recommended.
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 no trailblazing
Alcohol No Restriction
Fireworks Prohibited
Firearms Some Areas
Emergency / Law Enforcement Few/Periodic
Insurance *Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that all visitors get insurance for their ATV, UTV or motorcycle before visiting any of the locations shown on this website.
FEES
Parking No ($0.00)
Entry No ($0.00)
Riding No ($0.00)
Camping No ($0.00)
KEY SERVICES
First Aid First Aid 30+ Miles (NE) West Valley Emergency Center (623) 245-6700
Gasoline Gasoline 5-20 Miles (NE) Shell/Buckeye
Diesel Diesel 5-20 Miles (NE) Shell/Buckeye
Potable Water Water 5-20 Miles (NE) Shell/Buckeye
RV Hookups RV Hookup 20-30 Miles (S) Augie's Quail Trail RV Park/Gila Bend (928) 683-2850
RV Dump Station RV Disposal 20-30 Miles (S) Augie's Quail Trail RV Park/Gila Bend (928) 683-2850
Primitive Camping Campground 5-20 Miles (E) Buckeye Hills Regional Park (623) 932-3811
Convenience Store Conv Store 5-20 Miles (NE) Shell/Buckeye
Swimming Swim Area 30+ Miles (NE) Salt River Tubing and Recreation (480) 984-3305
Body of Water Water Body 30+ Miles (NE) Salt River
Boating Launch Boat Ramp 30+ Miles (NE) Lake Pleasant Regional Park (928) 501-1710
CONTACTS
Contact Info BLM - Phoenix Field Office
21605 N. 7th Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85027-2099
(623) 580-5500
asoweb_az@blm.gov
www.blm.gov
Contact Info Arizona Game & Fish Department
5000 W. Carefree Highway
Phoenix, AZ 85086-5000
(602) 942-3000
www.azgfd.gov
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Agua Caliente Trail Photo

Agua Caliente Trail

The area consists mostly of sand washes and 4x4 roads like this one.
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Some terrain at Agua Caliente Trail

There are some really cool sand washes and channels.
Agua Caliente Trail Photo

Terrain example at Agua Caliente Trail

Some of the channels look pretty narrow but there wasn't anything too narrow for a compact truck.
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Example of terrain 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.
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Scenery at Agua Caliente Trail

The main route is basically just a well maintained dirt road.
Agua Caliente Trail Photo

Scenic view at 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

Some terrain at Agua Caliente Trail

These channels in the sand wash were kind of fun.
Agua Caliente Trail Photo

Terrain example at Agua Caliente Trail

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

Agua Caliente Trail Photo

Scenic view at Agua Caliente Trail

Some nice scenery.
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OHV at Agua Caliente Trail

Agua Caliente Trail Photo

Terrain example at Agua Caliente Trail

Agua Caliente Trail Photo

Scenic view of Agua Caliente Trail

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Agua Caliente Trail

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Agua Caliente Trail Photo

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Scenic view at Agua Caliente Trail

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