Mayer-Goodwin Road

Prescott, Arizona

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This roughly graded road travels from the interesting small town of Mayer west to intersect with Senator Highway, the major north-south road through the Bradshaw Mountains. The winding trail travels over open hills covered with low vegetation. Two major creeks along the route, Wolf Creek and Turkey Creek, often have running water and offer shady camping and picnic sites under ponderosa pines. The trail is suitable for high-clearance 2WD vehicles, as there are a few rough sections that could catch the undercarriage of low-slung passenger vehicles. It is best traveled in dry weather. Special Attractions: Rough, challenging, and long 4WD trail through the Bradshaw Mountains; Remains of the Oro Bella Mine; Historic Fort Misery. High-clearance vehicles are preferred, but not necessary. This trail is dirt roads, but may have rocks, grades, water crossings, or ruts that make clearance a concern in a normal passenger vehicle. The trail is fairly wide, so that passing is possible at almost any point along the trail. Mud is not a concern under normal weather conditions.
Backcountry Adventures: Arizona

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Backcountry Adventures: Arizona

by Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson (Adler Publishing )

This roughly graded road travels from the interesting small town of Mayer west to intersect with Senator Highway, the major north-south road through the Bradshaw Mountains. The winding trail travels over open hills covered with low vegetation. Two major creeks along the route, Wolf Creek and Turkey Creek, often have running water and offer shady camping and picnic sites under ponderosa pines.

The trail is suitable for high-clearance 2WD vehicles, as there are a few rough sections that could catch the undercarriage of low-slung passenger vehicles. It is best traveled in dry weather. Special Attractions: Rough, challenging, and long 4WD trail through the Bradshaw Mountains; Remains of the Oro Bella Mine; Historic Fort Misery. High-clearance vehicles are preferred, but not necessary. This trail is dirt roads, but may have rocks, grades, water crossings, or ruts that make clearance a concern in a normal passenger vehicle. The trail is fairly wide, so that passing is possible at almost any point along the trail. Mud is not a concern under normal weather conditions.

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

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Prescott
Distance: 11
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 45 minutes
Season: Year-round, best dry weather
Trailhead Elevation: 4,500 feet
Top Elevation: 5,800 feet
Local Contacts: Prescott National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Mayer, Poland Junction, Battle Flat, Bradshaw Mts.; BLM Bradshaw Mountains; USFS Prescott National Forest, Bradshaw Ranger District
Driving Directions: Directions to Mayer-Goodwin Road

Recent Trail Reviews

11/28/2009
0

you can turn left at goodwin a continue up to a 1800's mining town. the road is in pretty good sahpe when dry.


1/7/2007
1

The trail was fairly easy, and well traveled. There seems to be quite a few locals who use the road daily. The trail offered some stunning views in the higher elevation. It was such a clear day that we could see all the way down to Black Canyon, and even the cars moving along Interstate 17. The trail turns into the Prescott National forest after a while and offers a peaceful ride through the trees. This is a fun ride for people who want a quick off highway experience. For those who want a longer trip, they can continue down Senator Highway back to Prescott.



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