Description: A gorgeous drive on a classic mountain mining road. Just enough challenge to make the drive fun but not overwhelming for stock vehicles. Cool in summer with elevations over 6,000 feet. Picnic and hike at the Ponderosa Recreation Site on Hualapai Mountain Road before the turn for Flag Mine Road. A narrow, rocky shelf road with switchbacks and steep climbs. Vertical drop-offs may be intimidating to novice drivers. Suitable for stock SUVs.
Time & Distance: About 37 miles. Allow 4 to 6 hours.
Trail Conditions: Bureau of Land Management, Kingman Field Office. Call (928) 718-3700.
Directions to the Trail: Take Stockton Hill Road, Exit 52, south from I-40 in Kingman. Stockton Hill Road soon changes to Hualapai Mountain Road. Continue south past mile marker 12 and turn right on Flag Mine Road.
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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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