Mineral Wash–Bill Williams River Trail

Parker Arizona Off-Road Trails

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Most people who visit the Swansea region will travel via the well-used Swansea Road or the Parker-Swansea Road. However, for those with high-clearance 4WDs who want a little more driving excitement, there are two alternative routes into and out of the region. One is from the north, via Rawhide Mountains Trail; the other is through the Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge and along Mineral Wash. Special Attractions: Fording the Bill Williams River many times; Bird-watching in the Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge; Varied, remote desert scenery from arid mountains to riparian valleys. High-clearance 4WDs are required. This trail has either a rough, rutted surface, rocks up to 9 inches, mud and deep sand that may be impassable for inexperienced drivers, or stream crossings up to 18 inches deep. Certain sections may be steep enough to cause traction problems, and you may encounter very narrow shelf roads with steep drop-offs and tight clearance between rocks or trees.
Backcountry Adventures: Arizona

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Backcountry Adventures: Arizona

by Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson (APC Enterprises LLC)

Most people who visit the Swansea region will travel via the well-used Swansea Road or the Parker-Swansea Road. However, for those with high-clearance 4WDs who want a little more driving excitement, there are two alternative routes into and out of the region. One is from the north, via Rawhide Mountains Trail; the other is through the Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge and along Mineral Wash. Special Attractions: Fording the Bill Williams River many times; Bird-watching in the Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge; Varied, remote desert scenery from arid mountains to riparian valleys. High-clearance 4WDs are required. This trail has either a rough, rutted surface, rocks up to 9 inches, mud and deep sand that may be impassable for inexperienced drivers, or stream crossings up to 18 inches deep. Certain sections may be steep enough to cause traction problems, and you may encounter very narrow shelf roads with steep drop-offs and tight clearance between rocks or trees.

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Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Parker
Distance: 16.2
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round, best October to May
Trailhead Elevation: 500 feet
Top Elevation: 1,800 feet
Local Maps: USGS Planet, Osborne Well, Monkeys Head, Alamo Lake, Parker; BLM Alamo Lake, Parker
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