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Craggy Wash

Monday, August 17, 2020

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Craggy Wash, Arizona

Last Known StatusOpen

Craggy Wash is a popular boondock spot where visitors can camp on public land for up to 14 days at no charge. The campground is actually just an open area that sits in a sandy wash surrounded by rugged mountains and canyons. From here you can unload the ATVs and UTVs and head east to access additional miles of dirt roads and trails.

Large RVs will want to camp in the wide open area that is located about a mile in off Hwy 95. Smaller rigs can go further past this point for a couple miles but the road is not maintained and progressively gets narrower and rougher. The further you head out there are some campsites alongside the road that offer more privacy since are tucked between narrow boulders and bushes.

The campground is close to Walmart and gas stations, which is about a five minutes away. There is no water or RV services, and internet signal can be sketchy, especially during peak season (December through January). Nearby Lake Havasu State Park offers an RV dump and water fill station for a small fee.

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REGULATIONS

Permit RequiredYes
Dates OpenYear-Round but best time to visit is October through March.
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 Flags
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)
Permitted
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)
camping limited to 14-days
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknownNot Recommended
Trail BlazingSome Areas
Rule EnforcementFew/PeriodicDedicated Rangers/Officers
Jeep/SUV Patrol
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TERRAIN

Climate TypeDesert
Elevation850 to 1200 ft.
Trail MaintenanceNot Marked, Not Rated, Not Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has some hard pack terrain.Some
SandThis trail has some sandy areas.Some
MudThe trail has no mud after it rains.None
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 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
IntersectionsThis trail has some intersections.Some
Rider TrafficThe BLM land has some rider traffic on typical days.Some
ShadeThis BLM land has few shaded areas.Few
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards not marked)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has mostly beginner terrain.Mostly
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has some intermediate level terrain.Some
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has no expert terrain.None

TYPE OF AREA

AreaMotorized Trails
LandBLM

KEY SERVICES

Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (W)Terrible Herbst (928) 764-1071
Diesel Diesel1-5 Miles (W)Terrible Herbst (928) 764-1071
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (SW)Lake Havasu State Park (877) 697-2757
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (SW)
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (SW)Lake Havasu State Park (877) 697-2757
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn Site
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (W)Walmart (928) 764-3700

FEES & PASSES

Parking(None)
Entry(None)
Riding(None)
Camping(None)

RATINGS

Prosfree, scenic, close to shopping
Consno amenities, can get crowded during winter months
Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended Stay1-2 Days
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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Nearest CityLake Havasu, AZ
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From: Lake Havasu City, AZ
1) Take Hwy 95 north about 5 miles
2) Turn right (east) onto paved road (look for mile marker 190)
3) Paved road will turn to dirt, continue about 1 mile toward camping area.

OFFICIAL CONTACTS

Contact InfoBLM - Lake Havasu Field Office
2610 Sweetwater Ave.
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86406
(928) 505-1200
blm_az_lhfoweb@blm.gov
www.blm.gov

RIDER COMMENTS & REVIEWS

Craggy Wash Trail Photo

Craggy Wash Trail

This is a good view of the main camping area which is the preferred spot for large trailers or RVs. If you have a smaller trailer or van and looking for more private sites continue east past this point.

Craggy Wash Trail Photo

Craggy Wash Trail

This is an example of the many boondock sites as you head east past the main campground. If you continue further east you will find spots that are tucked between narrow boulders, which offer more privacy.

Craggy Wash Trail Photo

Craggy Wash Trail

This fire pit is located on the south side of the road just past the main campground.

Craggy Wash Trail Photo

Craggy Wash Trail

There are some nice views near the top of the hills. In the distance you can see the Colorado River.

Craggy Wash Trail Photo

Craggy Wash Trail

This is the main entrance road off Hwy 93. Follow this road for about a mile to reach the campground.

Craggy Wash Trail Photo

Craggy Wash Trail

It is possible to hike up the hills, just bring some sturdy shoes or boots.

Craggy Wash Trail Photo

Craggy Wash Trail

The area gets its name due to the surrounding hills with large rugged boulders.

Craggy Wash Trail Photo

Craggy Wash Trail

This section is located further east past the main campground. The road eventually gets narrower and more rugged but is perfect for those traveling in vans or small trailers.

Craggy Wash Trail Photo

Craggy Wash Trail

About a mile in the road starts to curve which has some open spots to boondock. Just past this point you will come across the main campground to the left.

Craggy Wash Trail Photo

Craggy Wash Trail

This is the main entrance road taken from the top of the hill. The road is wide and flat which is RV friendly.

Craggy Wash Trail Photo

Craggy Wash Trail

Craggy Wash is the perfect spot for short term campers. The area offers plenty of boondock sites that range from wide open dirt parking to sandy washes with scattered boulders.

Craggy Wash Trail Photo

Craggy Wash Trail

This photo was taken toward the end of the season but has been known to fill up during peak season.

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Craggy Wash Trail Photo

Craggy Wash Trail

Camping is limited to 14-days. During peak season (October through March), you will have to check in with the camp host to get a permit. There is no fee charged to camp and while there are no services, Walmart is a short drive away.

Craggy Wash Trail Photo

Craggy Wash Trail

The mild temperatures makes Arizona one of the premier destinations in the country to be during the cold winter months.

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