Wickenburg Alamo Road

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Starting off Highway 93, Wickenburg Alamo Road runs 34 miles across a desert plain to end on the shores of Alamo Lake. A large staging area suitable for camping sits near the trailhead. The first four miles of the trail have slick mudholes, deep ruts, and a washed-out gully crossing. Later, the trail has patches of deep sand before becoming a wide, well-maintained road as it crosses out of Yapaipai County and into Lapaz County. The trail ends in a spiderweb of side trails near Alamo Lake. A stock 4WD is the minimum recommended vehicle for this trail. Width is not an issue.  

Wickenburg Alamo passes through a vast forest of Joshua trees. Black Mountain dominates the northern skyline in the early miles of the trail. Later, the trail passes the head of a canyon formed by Date Creek and descends slowly towards the manmade Alamo Lake, formed in 1968 by damming the Bill Williams River. The lake is a popular fishing destination and sees many winter visitors.

While there are scattered dispersed campsites along the length of the trail, most of the camping is near Alamo Lake. Countless dispersed campsites range in size from single vehicles to ones supporting up to 10 RVs. Numerous spur trails branch off near the lake to provide campsites with a view of the lake and a few on the lakeshore. The easternmost 8 miles of trail are on Arizona State trust land and require a permit to camp. Otherwise, dispersed camping is limited to 14 days.

Feral burros frequent the area around Alamo Lake. Their trails through the desert are obvious and often scattered with droppings. The burros are not aggressive unless threatened and are often very shy.

Nearby Alamo State Park has boat launches, a visitor center, and several campgrounds. The commercial Wayside Oasis RV Park has campsites with hookups, a small store with gas, and a cafe. It also has a dirt airstrip.

Larger rigs or 2WD vehicles wishing to camp near the lake can access the area via Alamo Road from Wenden, AZ, and take Park Road into the dispersed camping areas along Wickennburg Alamo Road.