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Street:
Sedona area
ZIP:
98032
City:
Sedona
State:
Arizona
Country:
United States
Events-Published:
0
Events-Archived:
1

Cedar Flat
City:
Camp Verde
State:
Arizona
Country:
United States
Events-Published:
0
Events-Archived:
3

Description:

A beautiful and scenic overland style trip beginning in mid-desert near Camp Verde and rising into the tall pines and high plains of Arizona. Don't be surprised to see Elk roaming and other wildlife. Enjoy the views from Apache Maid lookout tower. This trail while easy can become a wild experience with any recent rains due to flooding and muddy washes.

45 miles

Chaco Canyon
Website:
http://www.nps.gov/chcu/index.htm
State:
New Mexico
Country:
United States
Events-Published:
0
Events-Archived:
1

Description:

Chaco Canyon was the major center of ancestral Puebloan culture between 850 and 1250 AD., and the hub of activity in Four Corners area. The people who lived in Chaco Canyon left behind a well-organized and planned complex of buildings, laid out on a north-south grid and awe-inspiring for their size and complexity.

Any route to Chaco Canyon will involve driving some distance on dirt roads which are seldom maintained and may become impassable in wet weather. Call (505) 786-7014 to check the road conditions before you go. The nearest gasoline station is 60 miles from Chaco Canyon. Be sure to fill your tank.

The National Park Service recommends entering from the north. Take US 550 three miles south from Nageezi, NM, (or 50 miles west from Cuba, NM). At mile 112.5, turn onto County Road 7900. Follow the signs to Chaco Canyon entrance, 21 miles away. This route includes 16 miles of rough, dirt road.

If you are approaching from I-40, take Exit 53 and follow Highway 371 north. Don't let the signs you see along the way dishearten you. They show the mileage to the north entrance, but as long as the road is passable, you can get there by a route that's about 40 miles shorter. Follow Highway 371 to Highway 9 east (this turn is not well-marked, so pay close attention), then turn north onto Highway 57 and follow the dirt road for 20 miles.

A third route into the park passes through Pueblo Pintado, north on Navajo 46 for 10 miles, then turn left on County Road 7950 for 16 miles and follow the signs to the park. This route goes over 33 miles of dirt roads.

Don't let your road map fool you. While it looks like Highway 57 from Blanco Trading Post goes into Chaco Canyon, it does not. The road is closed at the park boundary.

Website:
http://www.chadmanz.com/rrmain.html
Street:
905 E El Caminito Dr
ZIP:
85020
City:
Phoenix
State:
Arizona
Country:
United States
Events-Published:
0
Events-Archived:
5

Description:

Charouleau Gap
City:
Tucson
State:
Arizona
Country:
United States
Events-Published:
0
Events-Archived:
10

Description:

Difficult trial that changes dramatically with water.

Jan 10, 2013 - downgraded to a 3 due to trail modifications from mining/forestry service activity removing and altering some of the more difficult obstacles.

The Charouleau Gap is one of the best 4WD trips in the Catalinas. This scenic route is for 4-wheel drive vehicles only. The road up and over Samaniego Ridge is rough, rocky and requires good ground clearance as well as excellent traction.

On the western half of the trip there are broad and expansive views as you climb up and back down Charouleau Gap, and the roads aren't quite as bad since they have been graded in the past. For the northern half of the trip, much of your time is spent down around the Canada del Oro wash and is especially rough in places. The toughest single spot by vehicle is known as The Step (N32.53085 W110.78176); because of the incline it is preferable to drive down it from Oracle; however, many manage to climb up it from the Catalina side. Mar, 2013 - The Step has now been bypassed by the forestry service.

The other tough spot is a quarter-mile stretch known as (yep) the Quarter Mile, which if driving from Oracle starts about a mile south of The Step (around N32.51812 W110.78185) and goes down to the bottom of the elbow in the route. One other place of note is a spot known as the Elevator Shaft (N32.56493 W110.78086), a climb that is long and steep, but has a solid surface for vehicles because of past grading. The route also has interesting rock formations, the remains of an old adobe home at a place marked on topo maps as Coronado Camp.

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