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Harquahala Mountain

Monday, March 18, 2024

Other Names

Harquahala Peak, Hassayampa Field Office

Last Known StatusOpen

This long 4x4 route starts at the base of Harquahala Mountain and climbs to the top and ends at the Historic Harquahala Observatory. Along the way to the mountain summit are several side spurs that lead to abandonded mines, cabin ruins and primtive camping sites.

The terrain is mostly hard packed with some rugged sections and sharp turns, but nothing too challening. All vehicle types are permitted but this trail is particulary popular with Jeeps and 4x4s. The staging area has room for trailers and has some basic amenities that consists of a vault toilet and informational kiosk. There is no fee charged to camp or ride.

The road is open year-round but is best explored during the fall, winter and spring months. It is also advised to avoid this area if there is a chance of lightning storms.

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Permit RequiredYesAZGFD sticker required
Dates OpenYear-Round
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedNoAll non-residents must purchase an Arizona OHV decal.
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust 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 Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSPermitted
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs & Jeeps (registered)Permitted
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
MX Helmet RequiredYouth Onlyrequired for persons under 18 by state law
(RiderPlanet strongly recommends helmets for all riders.)
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingNo Restriction(camp anywhere)
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingYesNot Recommended
Trail BlazingProhibitedvehicles must stay on trail
Rule Enforcement


Miles Of Trail26
Climate TypeDesert
Elevation1815 to 5681 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has little sandy areas.Little
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 no trees.None
Steep HillsThis trail has few steep hills.Few
Water CrossingsThe trail has few water crossings.Few
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has no berms.None
Sand/Gravel PitsThis BLM land has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis BLM land has no single track trails.None
RoadsThis BLM land has mostly roads.Mostly
ShadeThis BLM land has no shaded areas.None
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has mostly beginner terrain.Mostly
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has little intermediate level terrain.Little
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has no expert terrain.None


AreaMotorized Trails



Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (N)Woody's (928) 685-2352
Diesel Diesel20-30 Miles (NW)Salome Shopping Center (928) 859-3445
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (NE)Centennial Park (928) 859-4342
RV Hookups RV Hookup20-30 Miles (NW)Salome KOA (928) 859-4639
RV Dump Station RV Disposal20-30 Miles (NW)Salome KOA (928) 859-4639
Primitive Camping Campground5-20 Miles (NW)Centennial Park (928) 859-4342
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (N)Woody's (928) 685-2352




Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
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Nearest CityAguila, AZ
AddressEagle Eye Road, Aguila, AZ 85320
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Wickenburg, AZ
1) Take Hwy 60 west about 25 miles
2) Turn left (south) onto Eagle Eye Road, continue 18.4 miles
3) Turn right (north) onto Harquahala By Way, continue .1 miles
4) Staging area is on the right (east).


Contact InfoBLM - Hassayampa Field Office
21605 N. 7th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85027-2929
(623) 580-5500
Contact InfoArizona State Parks
(602) 542-6942
(602) 542-2146
CommentArizona State Parks OHV Grants Program


Harquahala Mountain Trail Photo

Harquahala Mountain Trail

Photo Submitted 4/10/2016 (Thanks!)

Harquahala Mountain Trail Photo

Harquahala Mountain Trail

Photo Submitted 4/10/2016 (Thanks!)

Harquahala Mountain Trail Photo

Harquahala Mountain Trail

Photo Submitted 4/10/2016 (Thanks!)

Harquahala Mountain Trail Photo

Harquahala Mountain Trail

Photo Submitted 4/10/2016 (Thanks!)

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