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Bull Springs Road Professional Review and Guide
"Little-used mining road crosses Santa Rita Mountains from Interstate 19 to Hwy. 82 south of Patagonia. See mines along the route and adobe ruins at Alto Camp, once a community of several hundred people. The post office was active until 1933. Narrow, rocky shelf road at higher elevations. Suitable for high clearance stock SUVs. Remote location."
--Charles A. Wells, Guide to Arizona Backroads & 4-Wheel Drive Trails (FunTreks).
Definitely on the easy side of "Moderate" when it comes to difficulty, but a very enjoyable trail. I have a lifted Jeep Wrangler TJ with off-road tires but pretty much stock besides that. Had no issues at all maneuvering and getting by. You might end up getting bored if you're out looking for an extreme trail because this is definitely not that. The instructions are generally accurate, however the "complex intersection" is really the fork in the road for Amado and Josephine Trail, just bear right and keep chugging along. Have fun out there and be safe.
This was an enjoyable trail overall but not very difficult. I don't remember anything particularly tricky but there were some rutted out sections that had to be straddled. The book rates it as intermediate and I would say its towards the easy side of intermediate. Gunsight Pass is quite a bit more fun in the challenging way to drive than this trail but there are some nice sights along the way and we got to see horses and cattle along the trail. The ruins are fun to stop and look at for a while. Its fairly scenic along the mostly flat road that runs aside hills but not to far up on the hills. Hopefully you will spot some animals as we did.
We very much enjoyed the trail! The scenery was great and nearly all the trail was indeed "off-roading." Nothing overly challenging but very interesting from up and down washes to narrow shelf trails along the mountain.
The only addition I would make to the previous comments is that at 2.1 miles bear right, however at 2.0 miles there is a ninty degree right turn. The directions should mention this.
We also appreciated not meeting anyone going oposite direction.
Mac & Roselyn May 8, 2008
Good trail, nice scenery, unfortunately quite some old cars abondoned allong the trail, the last 10 Miles direction Patagonia on private land have been graded recently, and are more highway now than offroad.
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