Buckskin Mountains

Parker Arizona Off-Road Trails

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This wonderfully challenging backroad culminates at the Nellie E. Saloon, or as the locals call it, the “Desert Bar.” People come from all over to visit this most unusual attraction located in the middle of nowhere. Stock vehicles will find this trail quite challenging. Several rocky sections require careful tire placement and the help of a good spotter. Other parts of the trail are soft and susceptible to water erosion. Conditions will worsen over time. An experienced member of our group managed to maneuver his stock Cherokee through without a scratch. Stock vehicles should have high ground clearance and skid plates. The trail passes through a remote and desolate area which sees little traffic. Don’t drive the road under wet conditions. Route-finding is confusing at the start but gets easier as you proceed. Do not drive this trail by yourself. Avoid during 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)

This wonderfully challenging backroad culminates at the Nellie E. Saloon, or as the locals call it, the “Desert Bar.” People come from all over to visit this most unusual attraction located in the middle of nowhere. Stock vehicles will find this trail quite challenging. Several rocky sections require careful tire placement and the help of a good spotter. Other parts of the trail are soft and susceptible to water erosion. Conditions will worsen over time. An experienced member of our group managed to maneuver his stock Cherokee through without a scratch. Stock vehicles should have high ground clearance and skid plates. The trail passes through a remote and desolate area which sees little traffic. Don’t drive the road under wet conditions. Route-finding is confusing at the start but gets easier as you proceed. Do not drive this trail by yourself. Avoid during the heat of summer.

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Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Parker
Distance: 10.3
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Moderate for 4WD (ATV Options Available)
Duration: 2 hours or more
Local Contacts: Bureau of Land Management
Local Maps: USGS Parker
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Recent Trail Reviews

2/19/2017

I wouldn't call my experience level to be high, maybe moderate, at best. I ran this trail in a stock JK. I don't have lockers, didn't air down or disconnect. In hindsight, I probably should have aired down, at least a little, just for to smooth out the ride some. As stated in the guide, the most difficult obstacle was the steep rocky climb near the beginning of the trail, which was negotiated with a minimum of difficulty. Having said all that, I thoroughly enjoyed the trail, both for the challenges and the scenery. The Desert Bar was also a nice little perk at the end of the trail.

1/1/2010

Stock 91 Cherokee - handled the trail no problems. Beautiful landscape finished off with a fun bar and grill in the middle of nowhere! Best for a moderately experienced off roader.

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