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WHERE TO RIDE: ARIZONA

 
(1/25/2008)
THE PLACE TO GO DURING THE WINTER MONTHS



While most of the continental United States will be greeting the likes of Jack Frost, and experiencing a little ATV downtime, there is a red rock state, on the western side of things, which is certainly open for business. A state by the name of Arizona.
Arizona is a great place to ride, and has a huge selection of tracks, trails and ride areas year round. While the summer months can be blazing hot, late fall through spring is the prime of this state’s recreational fun. So if you can’t stand another snowfall, or you’re looking for some great tracks and trails, make your way down to Arizona. Here is every track, trail and ride area in Arizona, plus a look at their only ATV festival.

FESTIVALS


Way up in the Apachee-Sitgreaves National Forest in Springerville, Arizona you will find the only ATV Jamboree in Arizona, the Outlaw ATV Trail Jamboree.

SEPTEMBER 4-8
ARIZONA ATV OUTLAW TRAIL
JAMBOREE—Eagar, Arizona
People in Springerville and Eagar, Arizona have rallied to keep OHV trails open in the Round Valley and White Mountains of eastern Arizona. You can help them in their efforts by attending this festival that has a Truly Western theme. From trails ridden by the outlaws and lawmen of Tombstone to the retirement ranch of actor, John Wayne, you will surely relive the old west here. Watch a wild west shootout and experience a holdup by outlaws on the trail. Collect all of the jamboree trading cards. Choose from 19 guided trail rides over three days of riding, then attend the Cowboy Steak Fry and country-dance on Friday night. On Saturday, participate in the parade, visit the ATV Expo and watch the closing fireworks show. Win awards every night including a raffle for a new ATV. They promise you will have an incredible time.
PRICE: $125
CONTACT: www.azatvoutlawtrail.com, or call (866) 409-9378.


(1) ARIZONA CYCLE PARK
Buckeye, Arizona
Arizona Cycle Park features three tracks open for practice. The National Championship MX Track features an almost two-mile long, 28-feet wide, MX track with loamy rich soil and sand, MX85 Track, and Red Baron Pit Bike Track. All three tracks are all-new for the Fall 2006-2007 season and are carved in a 40-acre pit that ranges from 40 to 60 feet in depth.
CONTACT: www.arizonacyclepark­.­com, or call (623) 853-0750.

(2) CERBAT MOTOCROSS TRACK
Kingman, Arizona
Cerbat Motocross track features a high-flying course with plenty of large tabletop jumps, a few smaller double jumps, and as well tight turn sections.
CONTACT: www.geocities.com/
MotorCity/8813/, or call (520) 757-7438.

(3) CANYON OFF-ROAD PARK
Sun City, Arizona
Canyon Off-road Park is a small well-groomed MX track in Sun City. The track has everything from large tabletops to small whoops and double jumps. The track is very well maintained year round.
CONTACT: www.copracing.com, or call (623) 434-4363.

(4) ET MOTOPARK
Queen Creek, Arizona
The ET Motopark features two large motocross tracks full of tabletops and double jumps. There are a few technical sections, as well as plenty of open passing lanes.
CONTACT: www.etmotopark.com, or call (480) 926-6688.

(5) MOTOLAND MX TRACK
Casa Grande, Arizona
Motoland’s 1.4-mile course is one of the only loamy tracks in Arizona. The track is designed for all skill levels, and features a wide-open course with plenty of big air jumps.
CONTACT: www.motolandmxpark.
­com, or call (520) 421-1716.

(6) MOTOGRANDE MX
Casa Grande, Arizona
MotoGrande MX is a challenging course for riders of all skill levels. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned professional, there are big jumps, rhythms, and turns that are challenging and fun.
CONTACT: www.motograndemx.
com, or call (602) 326-8293.

(7) PIMA MOTORSPORTS RACEWAY
Pima, Arizona
Pima Motorsports Park is Southern Arizona’s legal off-highway vehicle (OHV) park located near the Pima County Fairgrounds. The Park consists of a two-mile course full of ups and downs, Pee Wee track for the little ones, Motorcross track, as well as an OHV track.
CONTACT: www.pimamotorsportspark.com or call (520) 762-8663.

(8) SPEEDWORLD MOTOCROSS PARK
Surprise, Arizona
Speedworld is home to one of WORCS racing premier rounds. The track is full of high-flying technical jumps, whoops and corners. There is a full watering system, and the track is always in pristine condition.
CONTAC: www.speedworldmx.
com, or call (623) 546-1206.

(9) THRASHERLAND MOTOCROSS PARK
Glendale, Arizona
Thrasherland is a MX park that is open to riders of all skill levels. TL features plenty of wide open passing lanes, as well as some tighter technical parts of the course. The track is well maintained and is large enough to hold plenty of ATV’s. The track is watered periodically during practice so it is hardly ever dusty.
CONTACT: www.thrasherland.
com, or call (623) 877-2361.

TRAILS


Arizona ATV trails, such as up in Flagstaff’s Coconino National Forest, range from elevations of 3357 to 6424 feet. You see, this state has the opportunity to give you the best of both worlds!

(10) COCONINO NATIONAL
FOREST
Flagstaff, Arizona
The Coconino National Forest features a few popular ATV riding trails. South of Sedona, the Bill Gray-Buckboard Road is an 18.5-mile road open to street legal ATVs and dirt bikes. The moderate and beautiful, Bill Gray-Buckboard is a 20-mile road that takes you through a winding section of the Coconino National Forest. The elevation ranges from 3357 to 4403 feet. Southeast of Sedona, the Schnebly Hill Road offers several miles of ATV riding. This route follows old Schnebly Hill Road to the top of the Mogollon Rim with around 1500 feet of vertical climbing. The Home Tank Draw trail is 14.8 miles through 5840 to 6424 foot ranges. It is a bit more technical than the Bill Gray-Buckboard road, but the scenery is worth the ride.
CONTACT: (928) 282-4119

(11) CORONADO NATIONAL
FOREST
Benson, Arizona
The Coronado National Forest covers 1,780,000 acres of southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico. Elevations range from 3000 feet to 10,720 feet in twelve widely scattered mountain ranges or “sky islands” that rise dramatically from the desert floor, supporting plant communities as biologically diverse as those encountered on a trip from Mexico to Canada. Two of the forest’s most popular riding trails are Schnebly Hill Road, and the Redington Pass Backcountry Touring Area. They are located in the heart of the Coronado National Forest in the Northeast Arizona back roads, at a little over 12 miles long. The elevation ranges from 4198 to 6488 feet.
CONTACT: (520) 388-8300.

(12) KAIBAB NATIONAL FOREST
Williams, Arizona
The Kaibab is one of six National Forests in Arizona operating under the care of the USDA Forest Service. There are three trails, the Bill Williams Mountain Loop Road, the Hull Cabin Trail, and Sycamore Point Trail that are great for ATVing. You can also visit Kaibab Lake, Cataract Lake, Whitehorse Lake and Dog Town Lake that offer fishing, camping and other nearby activities in the heart of the Williams Ranger District. Ten-X campground on the Tusayan Ranger District provides camping opportunities just miles from the Grand Canyon National Park entrance.
CONTACT: (928) 635-8200.

(13) KINGMAN AREA TRAILS
Kingman, Arizona   
Northwest of Kingman there are four great ATV riding trails. Near Chloride, the Packsaddle Mountain Loop is a 16.5-mile route through the Cerbat Mountains open to ATV riding. The trail follows a long winding shelf road. It passes through the Chloride town site. Portland mine road is in the Black Mountains and is a 31.8-mile route open to ATV riding. The trail runs along a sandy wash and then down into a shallow canyon. Thumb Butte Trail is in the Black Mountains and has a 14-mile route open to ATV riding. It travels through rugged terrain and over gravelly washes. It gets more difficult as it goes along. The White Hills Trail is a 22-mile route open to ATV riding. The route travels through the White Hills and Cyclopic, and passes the Hualapai Valley.
CONTACT: (928) 718-3700.

(14) LAKE HAVASU CITY AREA TRAILS
Lake Havasu, Arizona
Southeast of Lake Havasu City near Alamo Lake, the Alamo Lake Road is a graded dirt road that provides access to the west side of Alamo Lake and numerous ATV trails. These trails include Flag Mine Trail, McCracken Peak Trail, Rawhide Mountains Trail and Signal Road Trail. Northwest of Prescott near Granite Mountain, the Tonto Wash Trail is a 16-mile route open to ATV riding. South of Lake Havasu City and east of Quartzsite, the South Plomosa Range Trail is a 16-mile route open to ATV riding. The trail passes through the Southern Cross Mine and climbs through a canyon. Southeast of Lake Havasu City, the Standard Wash area has 7500 acres open to OHV recreation. The routes are on existing roads and trails in the low desert. Southeast of Lake Havasu City and west of Alamo Lake, the Swansea Loop Trail is a 12-mile route open to ATV riding in the Rawhide Mountains. This route is heavily used and easy to follow.
CONTACT: (928) 692-4400.

(15) SAFFEL CANYON OHV TRAIL
Springerville, Arizona
Saffel Canyon OHV trail is an incredible ride through some of Arizona’s most beautiful country. Ponderosa, aspen, fir and alligator juniper forests as well as scenic views and a variety of terrain keep, this trail interesting and fun. The trail has several curves and switchbacks, panoramic views, creeks, and wildflowers carpet both sides of the trail. The trail is well-marked, and there is a long loop as well as a short loop.
CONTACT: (928) 333-4372.

(16) PRESCOTT NATIONAL FOREST
Phoenix, Arizona
The Prescott National Forest has a huge variety of trails. The Crown King area is very popular with ATV riders. The Crown King area offers trail riding through pine forest in the Bradshaw Mountains. Southeast of Prescott, the Seven Mile Gulch Trail is a 6.2-mile out and back route. West of Chino Valley near Camp Wood, the Sheridan Mountain/Smith Mesa OHV Trail System consists of 42 miles of trails through chaparral and ponderosa pine forest.
CONTACT: (866) 275-5816.

RIDE AREAS


Lake Havasu, Arizona is home to one of the World Off-Road Championship Series. This course features everything from huge tabletops to technical whoop sections that ride alongside the famous lake in Havasu.

(17) SOUTH PATAGONIA OHV ROUTES
Hot Well Dunes Recreation Area
The sands at the Hot Well Dunes Recreation Area offers one of the most unique recreation spots in Arizona. You can ride in sand dunes and soak in relaxing hot tubs, camp, picnic and fish. There are also ten tent/RV units, fire grills and a vault toilet.
CONTACT: (928) 348-4400.

(18) COPPER BASIN DUNES OHV AREA
Lake Havasu City, Arizona
The Copper Basin Dunes OHV Area is a 1275-acre “Open” area. Vehicle use in the area surrounding the OHV area is limited to designated routes. The staging area provides a paved parking lot, restroom, loading ramp and bulletin board. Riding opportunities in this OHV area include the sand dunes, trails throughout the bajada and up into the canyons.
CONTACT: (928) 505-1200.

(19) CROSSROADS OHV AREA
Lake Havasu City, Arizona
The Crossroads OHV Area is a 1500-acre “Open” area. Vehicle use in the area surrounding the OHV area is limited to designated routes. The staging area provides a paved parking lot, restroom, loading ramp and bulletin board. Riding opportunities in this OHV area include the sand washes, trails throughout the bajada.
CONTACT: (928) 505-1200.

(20) ALTO PIT OHV AREA
Prescott National Forest, Arizona
West of Prescott, the 400-acre Alto Pit OHV Area is a popular area to ride through ponderosa pine forest. You can ride here all year long through winding forest trails.
CONTACT: (866) 275-5816.

(21) BULLDOG CANYON OHV AREA
Tonto National Forest, Arizona
Picnicking, camping and hunting, Road passes through the Goldfield Mountains and parts of the Sonoran Desert.
CONTACT: (480) 610-3300.

(22) HAYFIELD DRAW-BRYANT PARK OHV AREA
Prescott National Forest, Arizona
Northwest of Camp Verde, the Hayfield Draw-Bryant Park OHV Area is an 80-acre open area for ATVs and dirt bikes. There are more than 100 miles of designated routes. Near Cottonwood, provides a “tot lot” for beginners, a motocross track, 40 acres of open riding and over 120 miles of trails with the longest trail over fifty miles long.
CONTACT: (520) 567-4121.

(23 ROLLS OHV AREA
Tonto National Forest, Arizona
East of Phoenix, the 27,000-acre Four Peak Rolls OHV area has miles of routes open to ATV riding.
CONTACT: (480) 610-3300.

(24) SYCAMORE CREEK ATV AREA
Yuma, Arizona
Northeast of Phoenix, the 25 miles of Sycamore Creek ATV Area has varied terrain rolling over mountains and through creek beds and sandwashes near cliffs and canyons. There are vistas of Superstition Mountain, Four Peaks Mountain and Weavers Needle.
CONTACT: (480) 595-3300.

(25) EHRENBERG SAND BOWL OHV AREA
Ehrenberg, Arizona
A popular site for use of off road vehicles, with hilly, sandy terrain and a network of roads and trails. Parking lot, unisex vault toilet, ramps for loading OHVs, shade remade and picnic table. This site provides a starting point for visitors to explore a variety of designated roads and trails. Dis­persed camping is available nearby. The fee is $5 daily per vehicle or $50 annually per vehicle
CONTACT: (602) 417-9200.


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