Description: This wonderfully challenging backroad culminates at the Nellie E. Saloon, or as the locals call it, the “Desert Bar”. People come from all over to visit this most unusual attraction located in the middle of nowhere. Stock vehicles will find this trail quite challenging. Several rocky sections require careful tire placement and the help of a good spotter. Other parts of the trail are soft and susceptible to water erosion. Conditions will worsen over time. Stock vehicles should have high ground clearance and skid plates. The trail passes through a remote and desolate area which sees little traffic. Don’t drive the road under wet conditions. Route-finding is confusing at the start but gets easier as you proceed. Do not drive this trail by yourself. Avoid during the heat of summer.
Time & Distance: It’s 5.5 miles to the bar going in the back way. This part takes about 1 to 2 hours. The exit route is 4.8 miles and takes about 30 minutes.
Trail Conditions: Bureau of Land Management, Lake Havasu Field Office. Call (928) 505-1200.
Directions to the Trail: On Hwy 95, head north from Parker or south from Lake Havasu City to River Island Market and gas station located between mile markers 155 and 156 on the south side of the road. The start of the trail is just west of a fenced-in RV storage area next to the market.
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Return Trip: Left on Hwy 95 takes you to Cienega Springs and Parker, right goes north to Lake Havasu City.
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!