Castle Hot Springs Road

Location: Northwest of Phoenix, between Morristown and Lake Pleasant.

Difficulty: Easy.

Description: Scenic drive through high Sonoran Desert near low mountain foothills. Graded gravel road that intermittently crosses and follows sandy creek bottoms. One stretch of the road follows Castle Creek for 3 miles. The road is generally in good condition except after heavy rains and flash floods. High-clearance four-wheel drive is recommended because of sandy and potentially rocky conditions. Don’t drive when rain is forecast. Route finding is easy.

Time & Distance: Just under 48 miles from Morristown to Interstate 17. Allow 2 to 3 hours for the entire trip. Off-pavement portion is 28 miles.

Trail Conditions: Bureau of Land Management, Hassayampa Field Office, Phoenix District. Call (623) 580-5500.


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Directions to the Trail: Head northwest from Phoenix on Hwy 60 to Morristown. Turn right on well-marked Castle Hot Springs Road near mile marker 121.


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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.


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