El Camino del Diablo Trail

Ajo, Arizona

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For the well-prepared adventurer, this route is a two-day excursion through some of the most remote territory in Arizona. Although becoming more well known and increasingly traveled, the trail should not be treated lightly. Advance preparation is required, as a permit to travel the Barry M. Goldwater Air Force Range and the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge is essential (see permit information below). Special Attractions: Alternative crossing through the spectacular Tinajas Altas Mountains; Remote, lightly traveled trail; Enables a shorter loop route between the east and west routes of El Camino del Diablo for those with less time. High-clearance 4WDs are recommended, though most stock SUVs are acceptable. Expect a rough road surface with rocks larger than 6 inches, but there will be a reasonable driving line available. Patches of mud are possible but can be readily negotiated; sand may be deep and require lower tire pressures. There may be stream crossings up to 12 inches deep, substantial sections of single-lane shelf road, moderate grades, and sections of moderately loose road surface.
Backcountry Adventures: Arizona

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Backcountry Adventures: Arizona

by Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson (Adler Publishing )

For the well-prepared adventurer, this route is a two-day excursion through some of the most remote territory in Arizona. Although becoming more well known and increasingly traveled, the trail should not be treated lightly. Advance preparation is required, as a permit to travel the Barry M. Goldwater Air Force Range and the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge is essential (see permit information below).

Special Attractions: Alternative crossing through the spectacular Tinajas Altas Mountains; Remote, lightly traveled trail; Enables a shorter loop route between the east and west routes of El Camino del Diablo for those with less time. High-clearance 4WDs are recommended, though most stock SUVs are acceptable. Expect a rough road surface with rocks larger than 6 inches, but there will be a reasonable driving line available. Patches of mud are possible but can be readily negotiated; sand may be deep and require lower tire pressures. There may be stream crossings up to 12 inches deep, substantial sections of single-lane shelf road, moderate grades, and sections of moderately loose road surface.

© 2006 Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson/Adler Publishing . All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Ajo
Distance: 114.1
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 2 days
Season: Year-round, best November to April
Trailhead Elevation: 200 feet
Top Elevation: 2,000 feet
Local Maps: USGS Wellton, Wellton Hills, Raven Butte, Tinajas Altas, Coyote Water, Tule Mts., Sierra Arida, Paradise Canyon, Monument Bluff, Las Playas, and others
Driving Directions: Directions to El Camino del Diablo Trail

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