Turkey Creek/Rug Road
Turkey Creek Camping and Rug Road has been CANCELLED due to ongoing access issues. This is our annual camping in Turkey Creek (near Aravaipa) for one or two nights. Travel from Tucson or Phoenix to to the camp sight is around 5 hours. On Sunday travel the 8 hours of rugged backcountry as we follow the Aravaipa Wilderness boundry and take in the spectaclular views. The trail offers many challenges including the infamous 'rug road' with its shag carpet laid down for traction. We will finish the trail on the west side of the Galiuro Mountains in Mammoth. This trail to Mammoth is rated 3.5+ and can be traveled with a stock LR without running boards. Join us for just the camping, trail run, or both!
Turkey Creek to Mammoth via 'The Rug Road.' Moderate+ trail with some steps and loose rock climbs (stock LR's without running boards okay), Historic trail, full day. Rug Road got its name from the remnants of carpet that people have used to fill holes and ledges along the road to make it more passable. The road is one of the roughest roads in the southeastern Arizona - it is not for the faint of heart. Travel on the Rug Road requires a good high-clearance, four-wheel-drive vehicle and experience driving in these conditions. The road transverses Table Mountain between Turkey Creek on the east end and Mammoth on the west end. It is only about 20 miles long but will take a full day to traverse. You may want to plan for two days to be safe and to let your body recuperate from the rugged road! Related Links: