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El Camino Del DiabloSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
4x4 Trip avatar Feb 15 2019
chumley
4x4 Trip120.00 Miles 1 AEG
4x4 Trip120.00 Miles4 Days         
1 ft AEG
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I've never been to this part of the state, so when the opportunity came up, I took it without hesitation. It's a long and desolate drive, but hits a few real gems and some places that I really want to explore more.

There's not much more I can add to Randall's excellent description and John's notes for this specific trip, except it should be noted that there is a $25 fee that isn't mentioned elsewhere to enter Organ Pipe National Monument. If you have any of the normal federal passes, you are exempt from the entrance fee. There is no shortage of law enforcement presence, so this probably isn't a self-pay station that you should risk ignoring.

I wasn't surprised at the amount of Border Patrol we encountered, and all of them made a point of talking to us, asking if we have permits, and where we were going. I was surprised that each one volunteered that they're not from here and have been assigned here from elsewhere in order to deal with the higher needs in this area. None gave any particularly dire warnings, suggesting only that we be aware of our surroundings and pointing out a couple of roads that are not open to the public.

I asked about one area I was interested in exploring and was told that it was likely I'd run into some bad people there. The officer followed up that assessment by saying that's probably also true at my local Walmart. :sweat:

Regardless, I was never concerned since I have no problem driving my truck at high speeds across the desert, and can definitely outrun 9L in off-trail terrain. :lol:
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