Oatman Massacre Site

Location: West of Gila Bend, north of Sentinel.

Difficulty: Easy.

Description: Visit historic site where Oatman family was attacked by Indians. See parts of Butterfield Stage Route and nearby grave sites. Wide graded dirt road narrows to two-track near massacre site. High-clearance 2-wheel drive adequate. Remote, desolate location.

Time & Distance: About 10.6 miles from start to the massacre site plus 4.5 miles to circle back to the Oatman family grave. Allow 1 to 2 hours plus considerable travel time to reach Sentinel.




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: Take I-8 to Sentinel, Exit 87, and head north 1.3 miles on paved Aqua Caliente Road.


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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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