New Year's on the Mojave Road
We will meet for this adventure at 9 AM on the morning of December 29th along I-10 in West Phoenix, location TBD. From there we will caravan for the approximate 4-5 hour drive to the Fort Mohave, AZ area where we will spend the first evening. For those of you who want some comfort for the evening, please make reservations at Avi Resort and Casino, 10000 Aha Macav Parkway Laughlin, NV 89029, (702) 535-5555. For those of you with pets or just want to camp, there will be camping nearby, which will be determined. On the morning of December 30th, we will hit the trail early, which is nearby, and travel East across this historic trail.
We will camp the 2nd and 3rd nights along this nearly 150 mile trip. Daytime weather will be mild and evening temperatures will be cold, with possibilities of freezing temps. We will emerge from the trail’s end on the morning of January 1st, 2013. From there we will caravan for the 6 hour trip back to Phoenix, arriving early evening back home. Along this route, we will be totally without any services. You will be required to carry at least 10 gallons of fuel, which you will need. Additionally, please be prepared for wilderness camping, packing all waste in and out with you. You will also need plenty of water.
The trail consists mostly of flat sandy roads, with numerous washout areas to cross, which can consist of sharp rocky terrain. It is highly advised that tires be aired down and please be prepared to air-up at the end of the trail.
Adventure or off-road trailers are OK on this trip. Near the end, there is a high possibility of a moderate water crossing as well.
The general pace of this trip will be very casual, giving time to enjoy and capture this beautiful scenery in the best time of year for this area. Bring lots of camera memory.
Other gear needed will be tents, chairs, warm clothing, sturdy shoes for short hikes, sunglasses, all recovery gear that you normally carry.
Please make sure you are prepared for very cold nights. Previous trips have proven that night time temps dip into the teens. Campfires will keep us warn up until bedtime, but sleeping can get cold.
The Mojave Road was one of the ways you traveled to Arizona Territory if the Army sent you there in the 1870s. It was a wagon road between Los Angeles and Prescott. For the last decade, many Land Rover Owners from California, Nevada, and Arizona have done a 3 day 2 night trip over the New Year's holiday along the section in the Mojave National Preserve, starting at the Colorado River near Bullhead and ending at I-15.