Bulldog Canyon 3554

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Located within the Bulldog Canyon OHV Recreation area in Tonto National Forest, 3554 is an almost beach-like oasis in the desert. This scenic drive connects FR 10 and Bulldog Canyon to Usery Pass by traveling along a dry creek bed filled with coarse sand. The sand is well-traveled and thus very packed but can quickly become a deep sand pit outside the main tracks. The wash passes several towering rock faces that make great photo backdrops. There are numerous areas along the wash used for dispersed camping. However, those campsites could flood during a moderate rain event. As the road exits the wash and treks westward towards the Usery entrance, it becomes a mix of hard granite and packed dirt. Due to Forest Order 03-12-03-22-34, camping is prohibited within 1 mile from the Usery steel gate, until at least January 12, 2026.

Most of this road can be completed with a high clearance 2WD vehicle, but 4WD drive is highly recommended for the sandy wash section.

A Tonto National Forest Off-Highway Vehicle Permit is required to travel this road.