Red Canyon Trail Drive

Blythe, California 92225

Red Canyon Trail Drive

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"The first few miles follow a “cherry stem,” or legal route for mechanized travel, through the Orocopia Mountains Wilderness. The road runs along the eastern brink of spectacular Red Canyon, along the way providing sweeping vistas across the Orocopia Mountains to the Chuckwalla and Chocolate mountains. Eventually you will descend into the narrow, high-walled canyon for a unique driving experience. The route ends at historic Bradshaw Trail."

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Backcountry Adventures: Southern California (Adler Publishing )
Peter Massey & Jeanne Wilson
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"Red Canyon Trail follows a well-marked, spectacular route that runs high above Red Canyon. Much of the trail winds along the top of an extremely narrow spine before descending to meet South Coast #45: Bradshaw Trail at Salt Creek Wash. The trail leaves I-10 at the Chiriaco Summit exit near the General George S. Patton Memorial Museum. The museum is open daily except on Christmas and Thanksgiving. Special Attractions: The General S. Patton Memorial Museum at Chiriaco Summit; Spectacular narrow ridge top trail above Red Canyon; Alternative exit point from Bradshaw Trail. High-clearance 4WDs are recommended, though most stock SUVs are acceptable. Expect a rough road surface with rocks larger than 6 inches, but there will be a reasonable driving line available. Patches of mud are possible but can be readily negotiated; sand may be deep and require lower tire pressures. There may be stream crossings up to 12 inches deep, substantial sections of single-lane shelf road, moderate grades, and sections of moderately loose road surface."

Red Canyon Trail Drive Trip Reports

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Great ride for early spring ... lots of wild flowers and pretty scenery. Fairly easy four wheeling ... some parts are pretty smooth, but some areas were deeply rutted and some sharp drops with moderately good ground clearance required, so don't try this without 4WD. We did fine with a stock height JK (with slightly bigger than stock off road tires. The trail is pretty well marked with sign post markers, but there are a couple of confusing spots where it is not real clear which way to go ... use a compass and download the map trail and guide ... that is really helpful.
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Feb 2, 08....What a totally awesome ride...trail looks like it has recently been graded and the going was easy. Had a Jeep CJ, a Land Rover and a Toyota Tundra on the run and no problems at all. For the flower lovers, took us three hours to do the 13 plus miles of the route because of all of the stops along the way to inspect what was beginning to bloom. Poppies, Desert Ghost Flowers, Lupine, Mallow, Desert 5 Spot, Purple and White Asters, Chia, Daiseys, Brittle Bush and many others that I cannot remember...can't imagine what spring will bring, but it's going to be a great flower year. The canyon views were super and the color variations were just fantastic. Well worth the time and there is more to see after completion of the trail. Try the Bradshaw Trail going east.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
1.5 hours
Best fall through spring; check local conditions
BLM’s Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office
Local Contacts
BLM’s Eagle Mountains, CRRA
Local Maps

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