General Trip Planning Information
Water is scarce to non-existant. Shade is minimal in the desert. Access to the wilderness area is along a minimally maintained meandering road with cliffs and no guard rails.
Primitive recreation experiences, encounters with others, and solitude opportunities are measured through the visitor register boxes. Please provide us with your comments to help us manage this area.
Existing non-motorized and non-mechanized trails in this area include: Hassayampa (it follows its name sake river), Black Rock Mine, Treasure Canyon, Jesus Canyon, Cooper, Dropoff, Needle, RW, Ralanced Rock, Slaughterhouse Canyon, Fool's Canyon, CW, Oak Creek, and Jacob's Ladder.
Climate and Special Equipment Needs
High clearance, 4-wheel drive vehicle with good tire tread to navigate the access road.
Proficiency in Leave No Trace skills and ethics.
Minimal to no water available. Best to plan your trip during the early spring run-off.
Summertime temperatures exceed 110F degrees on any given day.
Safety and Current Conditions
Monsoon season begins early July and lasts until September, bringing with it high winds, lightning, and sleet/rain.
Do not drive through low areas where water is running during flash floods. These generally occur during the summer months.
Try not to travel on the 13 mile backcountry road once the sun goes down. The road becomes extremely dark making it hard to see the cliffs, wash-outs, rocks on the road, and other possible hazards.