Off-Roading in Yuma

November 30, 2019

Love off roading? Then welcome to the off-roader’s paradise…the Yuma desert! Arizona is a rugged state. If you’re up to the thrilling ride, check out these amazing trails for some of the best off-roading anywhere:

1. Palm Canyon

is an ideal trail for beginners. At 7.2 miles the trail is on the shorter side. It can be completed in less than half an hour. The scenery along this trail-pristine desert and rugged mountains-cannot be matched. The trail weaves its way through the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge, which is home to the desert tortoise, bighorn sheep, and other wildlife.

– Located between Quartzsite and Yuma, east of Highway 95 in the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge.

2. Dripping Springs

is another scenic trail that works its way through several historic mines, stone cabins and Native American petroglyphs. Stay away from the Gold Nugget Mine, which is still active. This trail is of moderate difficulty, growing increasingly challenging. While it’s 6.3 miles just one way, allow for three to four hours for the round trip. Not ideal for first timers.

– Get off I-10 at Exit 26, about eight miles east of Quartzsite. Head southeast on a rough road and turn right after 0.4 miles. Watch for the yellow “Primitive Road” sign.

3. Sand Bowl OHV Area

is perfect for experienced off-roaders looking for that special challenge. The trail has no set distance, and off-roaders have free range to go anywhere within the boundaries. With steep slopes and plenty of soft sand, Sand Bowl is one of the most challenging trails in all of Arizona. Don’t be fooled by what, initially, seems easy. Some of these slopes are very challenging. If you slide into soft sand you can quickly find yourself sideways on the hill, lose control and roll over.

– Take 1-10 to Ehrenberg, located on the western border of Arizona. Get off at Exit 1. Take the Frontage Road on the south side of the freeway west 0.4 miles. Go past the large truck stop and turn left on a wide dirt road. Head south one mile and turn left at the sign for the Ehrenberg Sand Bowl OHV Area.

About Friendly Acres RV Resort

Friendly Acres RV Resort, located by historic downtown Yuma, Arizona has been known since 1971 as a desirable RV destination, with numerous activities and planned events happening throughout the winter season. Our RV park is also just minutes from local off-roading and ATV riding in Yuma.

We welcome you to contact us with any questions or to make a reservation


Friendly Acres RV Resort

2779 W. 8th Street
Yuma, AZ 85364


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