Fortuna Mine Trail

Wellton, Arizona

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The trail commences 8.2 miles from the north end of Tinajas Altas Pass Trail and wraps back up along the face of the Gila Mountains to the outskirts of Yuma. It is a welltraveled, popular, short day trip from Yuma. The trail crosses along a desert pavement ridge top before dropping down to enter a wash. The wash is stony, rubbly, and slow going. The trail meanders in and around the wash up to the historic Fortuna Mine, which sits in a cove in the range. Red Top Mountain set to the north of the mine is distinguished by its sandy reddish-colored top, which stands out from the other darker gray rocks of the Gila Range. Special Attractions: Extremely long, remote 4WD adventure; Historic route used by Indians, Spanish, and gold rush travelers; Wide range of spectacular desert scenery; Bates Well homestead and site; Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. 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.

Fortuna Mine Trail Professional Review and Guide

"The trail commences 8.2 miles from the north end of Tinajas Altas Pass Trail and wraps back up along the face of the Gila Mountains to the outskirts of Yuma. It is a welltraveled, popular, short day trip from Yuma. The trail crosses along a desert pavement ridge top before dropping down to enter a wash. The wash is stony, rubbly, and slow going. The trail meanders in and around the wash up to the historic Fortuna Mine, which sits in a cove in the range. Red Top Mountain set to the north of the mine is distinguished by its sandy reddish-colored top, which stands out from the other darker gray rocks of the Gila Range.

Special Attractions: Extremely long, remote 4WD adventure; Historic route used by Indians, Spanish, and gold rush travelers; Wide range of spectacular desert scenery; Bates Well homestead and site; Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. 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: Wellton
Distance: 12
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Year-round, best November to March
Trailhead Elevation: 400 feet
Top Elevation: 600 feet
Local Maps: USGS Fortuna Mine, Fortuna SW, Fortuna, Yuma; BLM Yuma
Driving Directions: Directions to Fortuna Mine Trail

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May 2018