Grahams Well Road

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Grahams Well Road runs from Swansea Road to North McVay Road across the vast Cactus Plain, ending at its namesake well. The plain is covered with creosote brush with shallow washes lined with palo verde and ironwood trees. The Central Arizona Canal, an aqueduct providing Colorado River water to metropolitan areas, crosses the trail. It is common to see ducks paddling down the canal in the winter. The trail briefly climbs across the Bouse Hills.  

The western end of the trail is wide and graded. The washes are very sandy, with ruts and minor moguls. A 2WD vehicle is usually adequate to drive the trail. In January each year, the trail is part of the route for the Parker 400 ATV Race. After the race, the sandy sections have deep ruts and moguls, which might require 4WD, especially where the route turns north on North McVay Road. The county grades the roads as quickly as it can after the race.

Several large staging and camping areas are at the trail's west end. Numerous open graveled playas west of the Bouse Hills offer additional camping opportunities.