Castle Dome Mountains

Quartzsite, Arizona

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Travel through rugged parts of the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge. Perhaps you’ll catch a glimpse of some of the abundant wildlife, which includes desert bighorn sheep, mule deer, coyote, cottontail, bobcat, fox and golden eagle. Visit a cave once inhabited by Native Americans. Cross rocky McPherson Pass through the Castle Dome Mountains. Hike to well-preserved cabins at Big Eye Mine. Stop at the Castle Dome Mines Museum and learn about the area’s extensive mining history. Starts as a easy washboard gravel road but changes to single lane with minor obstacles. Mostly easy except for one moderate spot at McPherson Pass. This spot requires good articulation and high ground clearance. Suitable for aggressive stock SUVs. This trail crosses many miles of hot desert. Carry plenty of water and travel with another vehicle.
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)

Travel through rugged parts of the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge. Perhaps you’ll catch a glimpse of some of the abundant wildlife, which includes desert bighorn sheep, mule deer, coyote, cottontail, bobcat, fox and golden eagle. Visit a cave once inhabited by Native Americans. Cross rocky McPherson Pass through the Castle Dome Mountains. Hike to well-preserved cabins at Big Eye Mine. Stop at the Castle Dome Mines Museum and learn about the area’s extensive mining history.

Starts as a easy washboard gravel road but changes to single lane with minor obstacles. Mostly easy except for one moderate spot at McPherson Pass. This spot requires good articulation and high ground clearance. Suitable for aggressive stock SUVs. This trail crosses many miles of hot desert. Carry plenty of water and travel with another vehicle.

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Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Quartzsite
Distance: 54
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 5 hours or more
Local Contacts: Kofa National Wildlife Refuge
Local Maps: Arizona Atlas and Gazetteer; USGS Trigo Mountains, Yuma
Driving Directions: Directions to Castle Dome Mountains

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May 2018