Indian Pass Road

Yuma, California 91916

Indian Pass Road

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Indian Pass Road is an alternate route into the very beautiful Picacho State Recreation Area. The trail starts on Ogilby Road (S34) and follows a graded road up the bajada toward Indian Pass in the Chocolate Mountains. From the start of the trail, the distinctive, rugged butte of Picacho Peak is visible directly to the east, with the Cargo Muchacho Mountains to the south. Special Attractions: Picacho State Recreation Area; Primitive camping, fishing, boating, and birding along the Colorado River; Historic site of Picacho Mines and Mill; Trail travels a vehicle corridor between the Picacho Peak Wilderness and Indian Pass Wilderness. 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."

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California Desert Byways (Wilderness Press)
Tony Huegel
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"The Colorado Desert scenery here along the Colorado River is austere yet beautiful."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
4 hours
Year-round; best October to June
100 feet
Trailhead Elevation
1,100 feet
Top Elevation
USGS Hedges, Quartz Peak, Picacho SW, Picacho, Picacho Peak, Araz, Bard, Yuma East, Yuma West, Trigo Mts., Yuma
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