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El Camino Del DiabloSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
4x4 Trip avatar Jan 10 2014
desert_boonie
4x4 Trip70.00 Miles
4x4 Trip70.00 Miles4 Days         
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How can you not get excited about anything on this road? For the last few years it has been talked about but nothing ever came out of it, well finally this past weekend we made half of it happen. I say half because for this trip we came in from the west in the Welton area and drove to the Christmas Pass road and came back up here not doing the stretch to Ajo. The reason for this was we wanted to hit up the Tinajas Altas and hike up a peak in here, hit the Cabeza Prieta and hike up a peak in there, and finish with a hike in the Mohawks.

Friday afternoon Mike, Scott, and I left town and headed southwest ready for whatever the weekend was going to bring. Our first night we made it down to the High Tanks in the Tinajas Altas and camped there where we saw some past campsites. Camping at the base of this mountain range is amazing as it is the most rugged range I might have been to in AZ? After our hike in the T.A. on Saturday we headed for Tule Well Campsite. Here the drive is sandy and very scenic as you approach the Cabeza Prieta Mountains and drive south of them. Here you get a sense of how big this range is and again pretty darn rugged. The campsite at Tule Well provided us with a table and a nice area by a sandy wash which was also lush with vegetation and provided us with a much cooler night than the one before. Waking up here we backtracked just a bit to get to our hiking start point in the Cabeza Prietas. After our hike we drove on up to the Christmas Pass campsite which did not spoil us with a table but a nice rocky hill to block us from any travelers coming from the south at night. Monday finally came and we drove on out the Christmas Pass road which is also pretty sandy and out to the I-8 and back to civilization to do our next hike up Mohawk Peak north of the I-8.

It was great to finally get down and do a stretch of this road where we saw just how beautiful and rugged the desert really is in a spot not many like to come. The only people we saw the entire time down here this past weekend were Border Patrol, other than them not a soul in sight. Now it only makes me drool to do the stretch from Ajo and probably finish it with the other section to the west coming out in Yuma. Great times, great company, great road.
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