Desoto Mine

Location: Southeast of Prescott between the Senator Highway and Cleator.

Difficulty: Difficult.

Description: An out-of-the-way adventure sure to please any serious four-wheeler. Pass through mining country near the Desoto Mine. A wild roller-coaster ride across some of Arizona’s most remote backcountry. Pass through narrow creek beds with ever-changing boulder fields, then cross a series of ridges on a narrow, winding trail. Washed-out sections create hold-your-breath, tippy situations, especially for high-centered vehicles. Descents and climbs are very steep at times. Scratchy brush is guaranteed to produce Arizona pinstripes on any new paint job. Route finding is sometimes confusing. Flash flooding possible. Go prepared and travel with experienced four-wheelers.

Time & Distance: The trail itself is just under 12 miles and takes 4 to 5 hours. It is a considerable drive from any major city, so allow a full day for this trip.

Trail Conditions: Prescott N.F., Bradshaw Ranger Districts. Call (928) 443-8000.


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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 Prescott: take the Senator Highway south. Turn left off Senator Highway on F.S. 89.
From Phoenix: Get off I-17 at exit 248 and head northwest towards Bumble Bee. Follow Crown King Road for about 29 miles, turn right on Senator Hwy. Follow Senator Hwy for about 14 miles, then turn right on F.S. 89.


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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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