Butterfield Stage Route

Location: Southwest of Phoenix between Maricopa and Gila Bend.

Difficulty: Easy.

IMPORTANT! The road is currently closed to all motorized vehicles.

Description: This section of the Butterfield Stage Route is inside the Sonoran Desert National Monument and is directly adjacent to a wilderness area. Two-wheel drive adequate most of the way when dry. A bit rougher through the Maricopa Mountains. Suitable for stock SUVs. Dangerously hot in summer. Carry plenty of water and travel with someone.

Time & Distance: More than 12 miles off pavement. Allow 1 to 2 hours.




Remember: trail conditions, fire restrictions, weather, and land ownership change constantly so everyone must take responsibility for themselves, both for their safety and complying with all laws. Please understand that means YOU.


Directions to the Trail: From the intersection of Hwy 347 and Hwy 238 just north of Maricopa, head west 25.4 miles on Hwy 238. Turn north on dirt road at National Monument Sign, just east of mile marker 17.


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Get yourself and your rig ready for the trip: Make sure both you and your vehicle are prepared 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 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 the number to Arizona 4×4 Off Road Recovery in case you find yourself in need of recovery in the middle of nowhere. Their 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!




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2 thoughts on “Butterfield Stage Route

  1. bowtie89 says:

    Road closed to all motorized vehicles.

  2. zshortyz says:

    Drove by September 25, 2018, still closed to all vehicles.

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