|Typically Open:||Year Round|
|Permit Information:||Permit Required - Click Here|
(MODERATE - DIFFICULT)
|Highest Elevation:||2250 feet|
|Duration:||About 2 hours|
|Shape of Trail:||Straight Through|
|Best Direction to Travel:||North|
|Nearest Town w/ Services:||Florence|
|Official Road Name:||Elvis|
|Management Agency:||AZ Bureau of Land Management|
The ohv region near Florence Arizona is loaded with incredible off-road trails for all types of vehicles. One particular trail, Elvis, is becoming widely known for its numerous rock waterfalls that will challenge even well built rigs. Legion has it the trails name comes from a local miner’s dog that traveled along the route with him many years ago. The terrain along this route is harsh, the rocks are sharp and everything out there wants to poke or sting you. The trail begins as a simple sand and rocky wash before depositing you in front of the first waterfall. This is where most the carnage seems to happen, there are numerous optional lines over the large boulders and there’s quite a few large boulders to contend with. A spotter will help, your vehicle should have skid protection and a locker is recommended. There are numerous large boulders along the route that will require an experienced driver with a reliable vehicle to successfully navigate the entire trail.
Rocky or undulated road surface. Rocks less than 84" tall and/or vertical ledges less than 72" tall and/or near vertical ledges or waterfalls less than 14' foot. Tire placement not good. Can be steep and off-camber.Read more about our rating system
Once you enter the sandy wash next to the cattle corral, way-point 11 of Sandman Road, turn left, traveling north in the wash, keeping the corral on your left.
After quite a long distance in the sandy and bumpy wash, you encounter the first waterfall and the one that causes the most carnage. There are numerous ways through this section but starting on the right over the ledges and zigzagging up is the easiest way through. there are several optional difficult obstacles here, many challenges to choose from but please respect the delicate desert vegetation. A spotter is recommended and there is no recommended bypasses from here forward.
The second rock section has three or more ways through. The left against the large rock is the least difficult.
The 3rd waterfall section also has numerous ways through. Each of this is very different for each vehicle type. All the way to the right can often be the easiest way through. Please keep in mind, the by-passes and not considered part of the trail.
The boulders can be a tough section for long low vehicles. The loose sand and large solid boulders cause many hang-ups. On the right side at the turn there is an optional rock obstacle for modified vehicles.
The squeeze and 4th waterfall are by far the most popular along the trail. Most everyone has too go through the squeeze on the left while modified vehicles can attempt the up and over climb on the right. The backside of the climb should be looked at before attempting. Once you traverse one of those two, you then have to either climb the waterfall on the left or the easier rock section on the right. Once through this section, continue in the wash.
The last waterfall is the smallest of them but it can change with the next storm. Through the middle is the easiest while to the far right there is a more difficult climb.
The area has numerous primitive campsites and staging areas but nothing along Elvis. They can be found along Price Road on the way to the trailhead. There are no services or facilities in the area for campers. There is no running water in the area for campers. Please be aware of no burn periods throughout the year and always remember to completely extinguish your fire when leaving. Please note that a permit is often required in this area (when on State Trust Land). It is highly recommended to purchase a permit to ensure there is no confusion if a ranger stops by camp. Dispersed camping is allowed on Public Lands in Arizona for no more than a period of 14 days within any period of 28 consecutive days. The small town of Florence Arizona, offers a couple independent motels as well as having a Holiday Inn Express. Apache Junction and Mesa, AZ are roughly 40 miles away and offer all the amenities needed.