El Camino Del Diablo (Spanish for The Devil's Highway) is an historic 250-mile (400 km) road which currently extends through some of the most remote and arid terrain of the Sonoran Desert in Pima County and Yuma County, Arizona. In use for at least 1,000 years, El Camino Del Diablo is believed to have started as a series of footpaths used by desert-dwelling Native Americans. From the 16th to the 19th centuries, the road was used extensively by conquistadores, explorers, missionaries, settlers, miners, and cartographers. Use of the trail declined sharply after the railroad reached Yuma in 1870. In recognition of its historic significance, El Camino Del Diablo was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.
Stay on trails! No rough riding. Located in the southwestern part of Arizona, the Barry Goldwater Range requires a free access permit for entry.
The permits are issued at:
Range Management Department – Yuma (928) 269-2458
Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field/Security Operations – Gila Bend (928) 683-6200 or (928) 683-6220
56th Range Management/Public Affairs – Luke Air Force Base (623) 856-8516
Bureau of Land Management – Phoenix Field Office (623) 580-5500
Information Center of the State Office (BLM) – Phoenix (602) 417-9300
Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge – Ajo (520) 387-6483
While not a difficult trail, it is rated as difficult due to the remote location and lack of water.