General 2-3 night backpacking options AZ/NV/CA in Jan

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General 2-3 night backpacking options AZ/NV/CA in Jan

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Hey group! I plan on taking a 2-4 night backpacking trip towards the end of January and looking for any suggestions that people may have. I'm good with my gear to around 25 degrees at night, so looking for something more low desert. As this is going to be more of a "vacation" for me, looking for some maybe more unique things than just going to the supes for a couple of nights. For example, the Kofa refuge looks really interesting on paper but I don't see much in the way of backpacking loops? Joshua Tree? Death Valley? Anyone have some trips/experience they'd recommend?
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About the only thing that came to mind after reading your post was Big Bend National Park. Though I'd suggest to check for water reports first.
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Another option to consider I thought of this morning would be the Mazatzal Wilderness - for the trails along the Verde river.
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@nonot

Thanks! I had given some thought to the Mazatzal since I haven't spent much time there, but I thought they got hit real hard with the fire this year? Any particular loops/trails you'd recommend?
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@xsproutx
The Mazzies escaped this years' fires. With the warmer weather we've been having, I might recommend to start at sheep bridge, loop with mountain spring, and hang out along the Verde river for an extra day or two.
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@nonot
That's awesome to hear about the fires! The loop has been on my list for a while but haven't done it due to the comments about the road into sheep's bridge. I have a decently high clearance vehicle (Subaru Ascent, almost 9 inches) with A/T tires but the comments on that last bit of road definitely leave me wary! Might just have to buck up and check it out
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The road to sheep bridge is very rough and rocky, but the rocks are small, you just rattle your bones for like 50 minutes once you leave the pavement. Don't go with bad quality tires and bring a full sized spare just in case and I think you'll be fine. You can park at the top of the hill once you get near the bridge. I wouldn't drive down to the beach.
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@nonot
Exactly what I needed to hear. Tires are several months old 3 peak rated trail tires and have a full size spare, so looks like a bumpy adventure is in my future
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