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Crossroads OHV Area

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Other Names

Crossroads Campground, Empire Landing Campground, Parker Dam, Colorado River, Lake Havasu, Parker Strip

Last Known StatusOpen

This part of the Parker Strip features 1,500 acres open to offroad use. The area consists mainly of desert sand washes with small trees, shrubs and some short rocky climbs offering scenic views of the valley and river. The main staging area has parking, vault toilets, loading ramps and informational kiosk with a basic trail map.

Overnight parking is not permitted since the trails closes at dusk, but there are countless motels, RV and camping resorts along the access road both to the north and south, as well as to the east on the opposite bank of the river. Nearby Crossroads Campground is located about a mile south and features 26 sites, each with a picnic table, BBQ grill and nice views of the river. Sites are first come, first serve and there is a self pay kiosk located near the camp host.

There is no fee charged to park or ride but machines must have current a current OHV registration sticker. The trails are open year-round but the best time to visit is during the late fall through winter months, since summer temps are often in the triple digits during the day. Nearby UTV rentals can be found across the street at Sundance RV Resort and Outlaws Saloon.

The area also has some nice day use areas, which can be found just a couple miles north or south off Parker Dam Road. The Rock House Visitor Center is a short distance away and has a paved boat launch and nice picnic areas that are open to the public. Visitors should note that there is no direct offroad trails to and from the day use areas, so unless street legal you will have to haul machines to and from. For additional riding check out Copper Basin Dunes which is located about four miles north off Parker Dam Road.

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REGULATIONS

Permit RequiredYesCA OHMVR stickers required
Dates OpenYear-RoundCA OHMVR red sticker vehicles permitted year round
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedYesResidents of any state not listed must purchase a Nonresident OHV Use Permit. (AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, IA, ID, IN, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, ND, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, TX, UT, VT, WA, WI, WY)
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)CA OHMVR noise limits apply (1985/older limit 101 dB, 1986/newer limit 96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthNo Restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSPermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs & Jeeps (registered)Permitted
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
PermittedCA OHMVR stickers required
2 Stroke EnginesCertain TimesCA OHMVR restrictions apply
MX Helmet RequiredYeshelmets required by state law
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingProhibitedCamping available one mile south at Crossroads Campground.
Campfire Restrictions CampfiresProhibited
Night RidingNo
Trail BlazingSome Areas
AlcoholProhibited
Rule EnforcementFew/PeriodicJeep/SUV Patrol
CommentArea closes at dusk. No camping.
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TERRAIN

Approx Size1,500 acres (2 sq mi)
Miles Of Trail30
Climate TypeDesert
Elevation350 to 1100 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has little hard pack terrain.Little
SandThis trail has mostly sandy areas.Mostly
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 some steep hills.Some
Water CrossingsThe trail has no water crossings.None
Small JumpsThis trail has some small jumps.Some
Large JumpsThis trail has some large jumps.Some
BermsThe trail has some berms.Some
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 no shaded areas.None
Ranges/GunfireThis BLM land has no shooting ranges or gunfire.None
HazardsThis trail has no hazards.None
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little
CommentLarge portion is designated open area (ride anywhere).

TYPE OF AREA

AreaMotorized Trails
LandBLM

KEY SERVICES

Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (SE)Chevron Parker (702) 798-6400
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (SE)Chevron Parker (702) 798-6400
Potable Water Water1-5 Miles (SE)Sundance RV Resort (760) 663-0016
RV Hookups RV Hookup1-5 Miles (SE)Sundance RV Resort (760) 663-0016
RV Dump Station RV Disposal1-5 Miles (SE)Sundance RV Resort (760) 663-0016
Primitive Camping Campground1-5 Miles (S)Crossroads Campground (928) 505-1200
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (SE)Chevron Parker (702) 798-6400

FEES & PASSES

Parking(None)
Entry(None)
Riding(None)
CampingYes
Tent: $5.00
RV: $5.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $0.00
Crossroads Campground Fee

RATINGS

Prosnice washes with shrubbery and brush channels, great views, recent improvements include loading ramps, picnic tables, BBQ grill, paved parking
Conscloses at dusk, no camping
Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
Fall - Spring
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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Nearest CityParker, AZ
AddressParker Dam Road, Earp, CA 92242
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Phoenix, AZ
1) I-10 West to Exit 19 (Parker/Yuma)
2)Turn right (north) off the exit ramp into Riggles Ave, continue 1 block
3) Turn left (west) onto Main Street, continue 1 mile
4) Turn right (north) onto US-95, continue 22 miles
5) Turn left (north) to stay on US-95, continue 12 miles
6) Continue straight to stay on US-95, continue 1 mile
7) After crossing river, turn right on Parker Dam Road, continue 7.5 miles
8) OHV entrance is on the left (west).

OFFICIAL CONTACTS

Contact InfoBLM - Lake Havasu Field Office
1785 Kiowa Avenue
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403
(928) 505-1200
blm_az_lhfoweb@blm.gov
www.blm.gov
Contact InfoDesert Experience Offroad Rentals
1201 Parker Dam Road
Earp, CA 92242
(928) 466-6058
desertexperienceor.com
CommentUTV Rentals

RIDER COMMENTS & REVIEWS

Crossroads OHV Trail Photo

Crossroads OHV Area Trail

The main entrance sign for Crossroads OHV Area is located off Parker Dam Road. Photo Submitted 7/15/2021 (Thanks!)

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Crossroads OHV Area Trail

Most of the trails are hard packed dirt surrounded by various scrub brush and the occasional Mesquite tree. There are also some sand washes to explore. Photo Submitted 7/15/2021 (Thanks!)

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Crossroads OHV Area Trail

This is the sign for parking and the loading ramp. Photo Submitted 7/15/2021 (Thanks!)

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Crossroads OHV Area Trail

Another view of of the terrain and vegetation that can be found at Crossroads OHV Area. Photo Submitted 7/15/2021 (Thanks!)

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Crossroads OHV Area Trail

This is the main entrance for Crossroads Campground. This campground has 26 sites that are RV friendly. Photo Submitted 7/15/2021 (Thanks!)

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Crossroads OHV Area Trail

This is the self pay station at Crossroads Campground. There is also an informational kiosk and picnic tables surrounded by mature trees. Photo Submitted 7/15/2021 (Thanks!)

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Crossroads OHV Area Trail

This is one the campsites overlooking the Colorado River at Crossroads Campground. Each site comes with a picnic table and BBQ grill. Photo Submitted 7/15/2021 (Thanks!)

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Crossroads OHV Area Trail

One of the swimming spots at Bass Point Day Use Area. Photo Submitted 7/15/2021 (Thanks!)

Crossroads OHV Trail Photo

Crossroads OHV Area Trail

Crossroads Campground rules and fees as of July 2021. Photo Submitted 7/15/2021 (Thanks!)

Crossroads OHV Trail Photo

Crossroads OHV Area Trail

There are some rolling hills to explore in the area. Photo Submitted 7/15/2021 (Thanks!)

Crossroads OHV Trail Photo

Crossroads OHV Area Trail

The staging area has a wide loading ramp, perfect for ATVs and UTVs. Photo Submitted 7/15/2021 (Thanks!)

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Crossroads OHV Area Trail

A view of the vault toilets. Photo Submitted 7/15/2021 (Thanks!)

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Crossroads OHV Trail Photo

Crossroads OHV Area Trail

The vault toilets are maintained and cleaned regularly. Photo Submitted 7/15/2021 (Thanks!)

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Crossroads OHV Area Trail

A trail map with rules and regulations can be found at the informational kiosk. Photo Submitted 7/15/2021 (Thanks!)

Crossroads OHV Trail Photo

Crossroads OHV Area Trail

Photo Submitted 7/15/2021 (Thanks!)

Crossroads OHV Trail Photo

Crossroads OHV Area Trail

The staging area is paved and has plenty of room for parking, but no shade or water, so come prepared. Photo Submitted 8/1/2021 (Thanks!)

Crossroads OHV Trail Photo

Crossroads OHV Area Trail

The staging area has a picnic table, trash can, BBQ grill and vault toilet.  Photo Submitted 7/15/2021 (Thanks!)

Crossroads OHV Trail Photo

Crossroads OHV Area Trail

The loading ramp is wide and is surrounded by brick pavers. Photo Submitted 7/15/2021 (Thanks!)

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Crossroads OHV Trail Photo

Crossroads OHV Area Trail

The main staging area is paved and has plenty of turnaround room for trailers. There is also a vault toilet and informational kiosk. Photo Submitted 7/15/2021 (Thanks!)

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Crossroads OHV Area Trail

One of the sand washes that is located just north of the staging area. The sand washes are wide and are perfect for ATVs and UTVs. Photo Submitted 7/15/2021 (Thanks!)

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A close up view of the Crossroads OHV Trail Map. Photo Submitted 7/15/2021 (Thanks!)

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Crossroads OHV Area Trail

Another view of one of the campsites at Crossroads Campground, About half the sites overlook the Colorado River and are surrounded by mature trees. Photo Submitted 7/15/2021 (Thanks!)

Crossroads OHV Trail Photo

Crossroads OHV Area Trail

The trails are wide and perfect for ATVs and UTVs. Most of the terrain consists of hard packed dirt with light to moderate elevation changes. Photo Submitted 8/1/2021(Thanks!)

Crossroads OHV Trail Photo

Crossroads OHV Area Trail

Photo Submitted 8/1/2021 (Thanks!)

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Crossroads OHV Trail Photo

Crossroads OHV Area Trail

Photo Submitted 8/1/2021 (Thanks!)

Crossroads OHV Trail Photo

Crossroads OHV Area Trail

Photo Submitted 8/1/2021 (Thanks!)

Crossroads OHV Trail Photo

Crossroads OHV Area Trail

Photo Submitted 8/1/2021 (Thanks!)

Crossroads OHV Trail Photo

Crossroads OHV Area Trail

Photo Submitted 8/1/2021 (Thanks!)

Crossroads OHV Trail Photo

Crossroads OHV Area Trail

One of the sand and gravel washes that winds through various scrub brush and Mesquite trees. Photo Submitted 8/1/2021 (Thanks!)

Crossroads OHV Trail Photo

Crossroads OHV Area Trail

This is one of the campsites at Crossroads Campground. There are more sites located along the shoreline. Photo Submitted 7/15/2021 (Thanks!)

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Crossroads OHV Trail Photo

Crossroads OHV Area Trail

Photo Submitted 8/1/2021 (Thanks!)

Crossroads OHV Trail Photo

Crossroads OHV Area Trail

From the top of the hills you can see the Colorado River and RV campgrounds. Photo Submitted 8/1/2021 (Thanks!)

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Crossroads OHV Area Trail

Bass Point Day Use Area is just two miles south of Crossroads OHV Area. The area features a nice gravel parking lot, vault toilet and garbage cans. Keep walking past the vault toilet to access the river. Photo Submitted 7/15/2021 (Thanks!)

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Crossroads OHV Area Trail

One of the lookout points at Bass Point Day Use Area. From here you can see the "The Keys". Photo Submitted 7/15/2021 (Thanks!)

Crossroads OHV Trail Photo

Crossroads OHV Area Trail

Most of the sites that overlook the river at Crossroads Campground are surrounded by mature trees and bushes. Photo Submitted 7/15/2021 (Thanks!)

Crossroads OHV Trail Photo

Crossroads OHV Area Trail

There are some sites that come with paved parking at Crossroads Campground. Photo Submitted 7/15/2021 (Thanks!)

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Crossroads OHV Trail Photo

Crossroads OHV Area Trail

Another view one of the campsites at Crossroads Campground. Photo Submitted 7/15/2021 (Thanks!)

Crossroads OHV Trail Photo

Crossroads OHV Area Trail

The trails are wide and are rated as mostly easy. There are some moderate hill climbs, but nothing too challenging. Photo Submitted 8/1/2021 (Thanks!)

Crossroads OHV Trail Photo

Crossroads OHV Area Trail

Photo Submitted 8/1/2021 (Thanks!)

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