Vampire Mine

Parker Arizona Off-Road Trails

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The trail begins with a drive through Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge, a low, sandy area that is densely overgrown and ideal for birds and small animals. Brochures explaining the importance of the area are available at an information kiosk at the start of the trail. Do not leave the road at any time as you pass through. Once through the refuge, you enter BLM land. Mostly easy to moderate with several tough spots. The worst rock obstacle has a bypass, making it possible for stock SUVs to consider this trail. Good articulation, high ground clearance and skid plates are recommended. Inexperienced drivers may find this trail intimidating. The final climb as you approach Vampire Mine is steep, narrow and rocky. The descent after the mine is badly washed out. The drive through Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge has several water crossings which are usually shallow. However, water can be deep after an extended period of heavy rain. This part of the drive has some dense vegetation, but it’s not too abrasive. Routefinding can be confusing at times. Do not drive this trail by yourself or in the heat of summer.
Guide to Arizona Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails

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Guide to Arizona Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails

by Charles A. Wells (FunTreks)

The trail begins with a drive through Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge, a low, sandy area that is densely overgrown and ideal for birds and small animals. Brochures explaining the importance of the area are available at an information kiosk at the start of the trail. Do not leave the road at any time as you pass through. Once through the refuge, you enter BLM land. Mostly easy to moderate with several tough spots. The worst rock obstacle has a bypass, making it possible for stock SUVs to consider this trail. Good articulation, high ground clearance and skid plates are recommended. Inexperienced drivers may find this trail intimidating. The final climb as you approach Vampire Mine is steep, narrow and rocky. The descent after the mine is badly washed out. The drive through Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge has several water crossings which are usually shallow. However, water can be deep after an extended period of heavy rain. This part of the drive has some dense vegetation, but it’s not too abrasive. Routefinding can be confusing at times. Do not drive this trail by yourself or in the heat of summer.

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Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Parker
Distance: 28
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Difficulty: Difficult
Duration: 4 to 5 hours
Local Contacts: Bureau of Land Management; Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge
Local Maps: Arizona Atlas and Gazetteer; USGS Parker
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Recent Trail Reviews

12/29/2015

The writeup for this trail is no longer valid. You can drive about 3 or 4 miles back on this trail and then you hit a fenced blackage. Mostly dry brush and trees. You can hike a little at the end. You cannot take off road vehicles on this road only street legal vehicles. I was stopped and grilled by Fish and Game which controls this area. The officer said that they keep tight control of their areas, unlike BLM. He threatened to write us up but didn't. I should stress that we were driving a 6-seat Polaris benignly down the road and not going off the road or making excess noise.

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