Dripping Springs

Quartzsite, Arizona

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This area is dotted with historic mines and stone cabins. Stay clear of the Gold Nugget Mine, which is still active. Dripping Springs has a stone cabin and terrific Native American petroglyphs. This trail starts easy and gradually worsens. The last mile before Dripping Springs is challenging and requires some backroad driving experience. High ground clearance and good articulation are needed to drive up a couple of steep, rutted banks and squeeze through a narrow rocky canyon. The last part can be hiked but it is strenuous. Many roads crisscross the area and it’s easy to get lost. GPS is highly recommended. You need not get all the way to Dripping Springs to have fun. Serious four-wheelers will want to take the more difficult exit route after Dripping Springs. Dangerously hot in summer. Flash floods possible.
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)

This area is dotted with historic mines and stone cabins. Stay clear of the Gold Nugget Mine, which is still active. Dripping Springs has a stone cabin and terrific Native American petroglyphs. This trail starts easy and gradually worsens. The last mile before Dripping Springs is challenging and requires some backroad driving experience.

High ground clearance and good articulation are needed to drive up a couple of steep, rutted banks and squeeze through a narrow rocky canyon. The last part can be hiked but it is strenuous. Many roads crisscross the area and it’s easy to get lost. GPS is highly recommended. You need not get all the way to Dripping Springs to have fun. Serious four-wheelers will want to take the more difficult exit route after Dripping Springs. Dangerously hot in summer. Flash floods possible.

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Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Quartzsite
Distance: 12.6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Vehicles: ATVs and Motorcycles
Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 3 to 4 hours
Local Contacts: Bureau of Land Management
Local Maps: Arizona Atlas and Gazetteer; USGS Plomosa Pass, Crystal Hill
Driving Directions: Directions to Dripping Springs

Recent Trail Reviews

1/22/2018
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We started the trail from Gold Nugget Road just off of I-10. The instructions for the first part of the trail in the guide are a little confusing especially with all the criss-crossing trails. There are plastic brown markers to help. We used a local map and the markers to find our way to the main trail to Dripping Springs. The trails are not very rough or challenging until you get to the narrow canyon. This spot is the only place we passed others. There is a side trail that the guide says is closed but we had no problem getting all the way up to the stone house and open area below the springs. We took the alternate exit to the south out. The narrow canyon out is challenging. We had to maneuver over to waterfalls that required some planning but not overly risky. An pretty easy and fun adventure.



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May 2018