Oatman Warm Springs Trail

Lake Havasu City, Arizona

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This trail combines a long, interesting drive, a short walk, and wide-ranging views. It leaves from the community of Golden Shores along a wide, graded (though often washboardy) road. The turnoff for the trail proper is 6.4 miles along this road. The turn is well used but very narrow, and with no marker it is easy to miss. If you come to a windmill, a stone tower, and a dwelling on the graded road, you have gone 1 mile too far. Special Attractions: Oatman Warm Springs; Trail running along the edge of the Warm Springs Wilderness; Far-reaching views of the Black and Mohave Mountains; Wildflower-viewing in spring. High-clearance 4WDs are preferred, but any high-clearance vehicle is acceptable. Expect a rough road surface; mud and sand are possible but will be easily passable. You may encounter rocks up to 6 inches in diameter, a loose road surface, and shelf roads, though these will be wide enough for passing or will have adequate pull-offs.

Oatman Warm Springs Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This trail combines a long, interesting drive, a short walk, and wide-ranging views. It leaves from the community of Golden Shores along a wide, graded (though often washboardy) road. The turnoff for the trail proper is 6.4 miles along this road. The turn is well used but very narrow, and with no marker it is easy to miss. If you come to a windmill, a stone tower, and a dwelling on the graded road, you have gone 1 mile too far.

Special Attractions: Oatman Warm Springs; Trail running along the edge of the Warm Springs Wilderness; Far-reaching views of the Black and Mohave Mountains; Wildflower-viewing in spring. High-clearance 4WDs are preferred, but any high-clearance vehicle is acceptable. Expect a rough road surface; mud and sand are possible but will be easily passable. You may encounter rocks up to 6 inches in diameter, a loose road surface, and shelf roads, though these will be wide enough for passing or will have adequate pull-offs."

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Lake Havasu City
Distance: 29.9
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: Year-round, best fall to spring
Trailhead Elevation: 600 feet
Top Elevation: 2,000 feet
Local Maps: USGS Warm Springs SW, Warm Springs, Warm Springs SE, Franconia, Needles; BLM Needles
Driving Directions: Directions to Oatman Warm Springs Trail

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May 2018