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We had a guy’s trip planned since the blistering summer heat in Arizona was finally breaking. The plan was for several friends to meet at a campsite near Bagdad, Arizona so we could explore a new area.
I found a very nasty hill climb that I started to go up but it was not doable without any help. I would have liked to see if the DWT Moapa’s could get enough grip to claw their way to the top of this hill for a gorgeous view but I am always much more cautious when I'm riding alone.
I was riding as fast as I dared trying to get some good shots before the sun set.
As I took off to explore the area I noticed 2 more hill climbs that looked interesting. I thought if I went to the top I could get a better idea of where the roads where. I made it to the top where there were some awesome views. There are quite a few roads winding through the area to explore. As I will find out later the road in the upper right hand corner of this photo took me down into a canyon where there used to be a huge mine.
Every corner I turn there are more interesting balanced rocks. They are truly amazing.
Wow, this used to be a big time operation at one time.
Well, it’s time to start heading back to the truck as I am getting low on gas and I don’t want to have to use the fuel in my flat pack at this time, so I head back up the beautiful trail. Its funny how just going a different direction you see so many more formations.
After loading up I headed back through Bagdad towards Hillside, AZ. I just stayed on the main highway and found the group 6 tenths of a mile up the road from where I turned around the day before. Rats!!!
There was some water in the creek at the bottom of the hill so we just had to have a bit of fun in it. Here is Jeff on his King Quad. As you can see from the water being thrown from all wheels his front diff is locked.
We are very lucky to be able to ride in some very remote terrain. This area is loaded with Ocotillo’s. They are the long spiny cactus in this photo. They are also called Crown of Thorns because in the spring they produce red flowers on the end of their spines.
Most everyone left Sunday morning but 4 of us went for a last exploratory ride. We were trying to see if we could get over to where I had camped by myself north of Bagdad. As we crested a big hill we could see a large ranch down in the valley. The trail went to a road that looked like it would have taken us to Bagdad but at the bottom of the hill the ranch had a closed gate with no trespassing signs so we had to turn around.