ARIZONA PEACE TRAIL

LA PAZ: 675-MILE ARIZONA UTV ADVENTURE

— Where-To-Ride Guide —

The Arizona Peace Trail (AZPT) is touted as America’s ultimate off-road adventure. The 675-mile Peace Trail spans three counties in western Arizona – La Paz (Spanish for Peace), Yuma and Mohave – and connects Bullhead City, Kingman, Lake Havasu City, Parker, Quartzsite, Yuma, Salome, and the Alamo State Park in a giant loop. Experience giant cactus forests, mountains, forests, and towering rock formations while discovering local mining and military history, geology and gems, and desert communities.

The AZPT runs from Bullhead City (Bullhead canyon shown) along the western border of Arizona and the Colorado River down to Yuma.

Like Utah’s Paiute Trails and West Virginia’s Hatfield-McCoy Trails, the AZPT was designed in partnership with local communities to bring OHV recreation to Arizona. Towns and cities on the AZPT encourage access to local restaruants, hotels, gas stations and businesses, and AZPT supporters suggest a minimum of 10 days to explore the 675-mile loop’s many historic attractions, like the Nellie E. Saloon (Desert Bar), Native-American petroglyphs, many mines and ghost towns, General Patton’s Camp Horn, the Colorado River, wildlife refuges, Slot Canyon, stone cabins, the Bat Cave and much more.

The AZPT website has GPX files, maps, sample itineraries, and more, but visitors also need to be very aware of possible washouts and bad weather. Group travel is best.

Peace Trail co-founder John Geyer and others worked with Arizona State Parks and Trails, the counties of La Paz, Mohave and Yuma, AZ Game & Fish, Arizona State Lands and BLM to make the AZPT a reality. Founders’ first ride took seven days, but the loop can be done in as little as five days, or take the entire winter and explore the many thousands of miles of trails in Arizona that connect to the AZPT.

Different sections of the AZPT have wildly variable terrain, so heavy-duty tires with at least 8-ply construction is recommended.

Because many county roads are used to connect OHV sections, drivers need a street-legal UTV and driver’s license and insurance. Arizona requires the UTV to have a horn, rear-view mirror, license-plate bracket and light, DOT-approved tires, eye protection and liability insurance. Many thousands of RVers spend the winter around Quartzsite, and Peace Trail visitors can camp in the desert or stay in hotels. Some sections of mountain trail might be impassable during winter due to snow, and portions surrounding Parker are closed January 10-11 and February 22-23 weekends for Best in the Desert races.

AZPT maps and downloadable files have points of interest marked as waypoints.

Go to the AZPT website and download the latest GPX file with tracks and waypoints, AZPT printable map, Planning Itinerary, and history of the AZPT, and there are also T-shirts and AZPT merchandise.

CONTACTS:

AZPT

P.O. Box 878

Bouse, AZ 85325

AZ Peace Trail, http://ArizonaPeaceTrail.org   https://www.facebook.com/Arizona-Peace-Trail-694460134005705/

AZ State Parks & Trails, https://azstateparks.com/ohvag

AZ State Parks & Trails, OHV Ambassador, https://www.facebook.com/AZOHVA/

HSXSTA Liaison to Arizona Peace Trail, AZPT.  http://arizonapeacetrail.org/

Havasu Side by Side Trail Association  http://havasusxs.com/

 

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