Description: A chance to splash in a desert river. The trail follows the Hassayampa River, most often shallow water or just a dry river bed. Tall red-rock canyon walls provide welcome shade during the hot summer. You have two chances to exit the trail via Rincon Road, however the riverbed is much more scenic. Fun side trips for ATVs and UTVs.
Trail is mostly soft sand with occasional wet sections. Air down tires for better traction or follow existing tracks. Flash flooding is possible following heavy rains. Suitable for stock high-clearance 4WD SUVs.
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Time & Distance: About 3 miles one way. You can go farther if water is low or dry. Allow 2 to 3 hours with stops, or more if you keep following the wash.
Trail Conditions: Bureau of Land Management, Hassayampa Field Office, Phoenix District. Call (623) 580-5500.
Directions to the Trail: From roundabout at Hwy. 60 & Hwy. 93 east of Wickenburg, take Hwy. 93 north 1.7 miles. Turn right on Rincon Road and go north 2.9 miles to riverbed and turn right. For staging, continue on Rincon Road another half mile to staging area on the right. Adequate room to park several trailers.
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Get yourself and your TOY ready for the trip: Make sure both you and your vehicle are ready for your next adventure.
Before you venture out on your offroading trip you need to make sure you are prepared for emergencies. Even if nothing happens to you or your vehicle, you might come across someone who needs help. Short of always having your full-on Bug-Out-Bag with you, you should at least have some basic emergency items. It might seem obvious to some, but you should get yourself a tool box with appropriate tools and leather gloves, good first aid kit, fire extinguisher, set of jumper cables, emergency blankets (stored in heavy plastic bag – both are useful), flashlight, tow strap and some extra water. I would also suggest a recovery strap, a military folding shovel, heavy duty garbage bags, and a hand crank self powered weather radio. These items are not expensive, but they just might save your day.
Another thing you should definitely do before you leave is to save Joe’s number in your cellphone in case you find yourself in need of recovery in the middle of nowhere. Joe is the owner of Arizona 4×4 Off Road Recovery and has become a real hero to many in the Arizona offroad community. His number is (602) 697-8306.
If you’re ready for a next adventure and want to plan it right, check out some of these trail guides – Arizona has so many awesome destinations to explore!