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Boulders OHV Area

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Alt Names

Lake Pleasant, Mile Marker 11.5, Boulders Staging Area, Hieroglyphic Mountains Area, Shirttail Mountains, Shirt Tail Mountains, Picacho Wash Road

Last Known StatusOpen

This area has many miles of marked and rated trails and sand washes that wind past old windmills and corrals in the rolling desert hills.

There are plenty of easy to moderate trails, as well as some advanced level single track routes, with some trails stretching all the way into neighboring regions. While most of the land is BLM, there are some adjoining areas that may require a State Trust permit to ride.

The main staging area is large, flat, and meticulously maintained. There is a separate beginners area that is sometimes used for ATV training courses. The staging area can be busy on weekends, but due to the large number of good camping spots you can usually still find a comfortable place.

Much of the vegetation surrounding the staging area is protected so do your best not to trample it and always save your riding for the trail. The Boy Scouts and local riding clubs often do the trail and staging area clean up, so this will continue to be one of the best riding choices for Phoenix, as long as people take care of it.

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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Nearest CityPeoria, AZ
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From: Phoenix, AZ
1) Take I-17 north to exit 223 (Carefree Hwy Exit)
2) Turn left (west) off the exit ramp, continue 18.7 miles
3) Turn right onto gravel road, continue .8 miles to staging area.

*Note: The main entrance road is not marked from the highway. If coming west begin to slow down at mile marker 12, then look for a gravel road on the right (a kiosk will be visible from the highway), enter here.

TYPE OF AREA

AreaTrail
LandBLM, State Trust Land

RATINGS

Proslarge staging area, nice trails, nice scenery
Consno services, blind corners in sand washes
Our RatingRatingVery Good    
Recommended Stay1-2 Days
Winter/Spring
Comments(Scroll Down For Visitor Reviews & Comments)

TERRAIN

Approx Size38,400 acres (60 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail200
Climate TypeDesert
Elevation1700 to 3300 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has some hard pack terrain.Some
SandThis trail has some sandy areas.Somegravel sand washes
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 few trees.Few
Steep HillsThis trail has few steep hills.Few
Water CrossingsThe trail has few water crossings.Fewseasonal
Small JumpsThis trail has some small jumps.Some
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has many berms.Many
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 some roads.Some
IntersectionsThis trail has few intersections.Few
Rider TrafficThe BLM land has many rider traffic on typical days.Many
ShadeThis BLM land has few shaded areas.Few
Ranges/GunfireThis BLM land has no shooting ranges or gunfire.None
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards not marked)
scattered debris, trails have some blind corners on sand washes
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has mostly beginner terrain.Mostly
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has some intermediate level terrain.Some
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has some expert terrain.Some

REGULATIONS

Permit RequiredYesAZGFD sticker required
AZ State Trust Land Recreation Permit
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 WidthNo Restriction
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)PermittedNot Recommended
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 CountryProhibitedriders must stay on trail
FireworksProhibited
FirearmsProhibited
Emergency / Law EnforcementSomeDedicated Rangers/Officers
Jeep/SUV Patrol
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that all riders obtain medical insurance and buy motorcycle insurance or ATV insurance before visiting any of the locations depicted on this website.

FEES & PASSES

Parking(None)
Entry(None)
Riding(None)
Camping(None)
CommentVisitors should obtain a state trust permit prior to arrival.

KEY SERVICES

First Aid First Aid30+ Miles (S)Del E Webb Memorial Hospital (623) 214-4000
Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (E)Chevron (623) 780-3221
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (E)Chevron (623) 780-3221
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (E)Chevron (623) 780-3221
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (NE)Lake Pleasant Regional Park (928) 501-1710
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (NE)Lake Pleasant Regional Park (928) 501-1710
Primitive Camping Campground5-20 Miles (NE)Lake Pleasant Regional Park (928) 501-1710
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (E)Albertsons (623) 582-4985
Swimming Swim Area5-20 Miles (NE)Lake Pleasant Regional Park (928) 501-1710
Body of Water Water Body5-20 Miles (NE)Lake Pleasant Regional Park (928) 501-1710
Boating Launch Boat Ramp5-20 Miles (NE)Lake Pleasant Regional Park (928) 501-1710

OFFICIAL CONTACTS

Contact InfoBLM - Phoenix Field Office
21605 N. 7th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85027
(623) 580-5500
blm_az_pdoweb@blm.gov
www.blm.gov
Contact InfoArizona State Land Department
1616 West Adams Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007
(602) 364-2753
inquiry@land.az.gov
land.az.gov

GPS POINTS

RECENT COMMENTS & REVIEWS

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Boulders OHV Area Trail

This is a large area with all types of terrain, including some single track.

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Honda CRF Motorcycle at Boulders OHV Area Trail

All of the trails are marked and rated.

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Honda CRF Motorcycle at Boulders OHV Area Trail

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RV Trailer Staging Area and Camping at Boulders OHV Area Trail

There is a flat novice / pee-wee learning area at the staging area which is fenced off for safety.

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Honda CRF Motorcycle doing a wheelie at Boulders OHV Area Trail

Some of the trails follow the washes.

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Honda CRF Motorcycle at Boulders OHV Area Trail

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Honda CRF Motorcycle jumping at Boulders OHV Area Trail

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Honda CRF Motorcycle at Boulders OHV Area Trail

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Honda CRF Motorcycle crossing the water at Boulders OHV Area Trail

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Honda CRF Motorcycle at Boulders OHV Area Trail

Boulders OHV Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Boulders OHV Area Trail

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Honda CRF Motorcycle at Boulders OHV Area Trail

The area has panoramic views of the Hieroglyphic Mountains.

Boulders OHV Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Boulders OHV Area Trail

A section of single track.

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Honda CRF Motorcycle at Boulders OHV Area Trail

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Amenities at Boulders OHV Area Trail

Trails are maintained by local clubs and the Boy Scouts.

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Honda CRF Motorcycle at Boulders OHV Area Trail

The saguaro cactus is plentiful here. This is also the Arizona state flower.

Boulders OHV Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Boulders OHV Area Trail

Boulders OHV Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Boulders OHV Area Trail

Boulders OHV Trail Photo

A trail at Boulders OHV Area Trail

Boulders OHV Trail Photo

A trail at Boulders OHV Area Trail

There is some single track in the area.

Boulders OHV Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Boulders OHV Area Trail

Boulders OHV Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Boulders OHV Area Trail

Most of the trails are fast, smooth and easy.

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A trail at Boulders OHV Area Trail

Boulders OHV Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Boulders OHV Area Trail

Boulders OHV Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Boulders OHV Area Trail

Boulders OHV Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Boulders OHV Area Trail

Boulders OHV Trail Photo

A trail at Boulders OHV Area Trail

The cholla cactus can also be found in the area.

Boulders OHV Trail Photo

Honda CRF Motorcycle at Boulders OHV Area Trail

Boulders OHV Trail Photo

Scenery at Boulders OHV Area Trail

Boulders OHV Trail Photo

Honda CRF Dirt Bike at Boulders OHV Area Trail

There are some old windmills and corrals to be found.

Boulders OHV Trail Photo

OHV at Boulders OHV Area Trail

Riders of all skill levels will enjoy this place.

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Some terrain at Boulders OHV Area Trail

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