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The OHV region near Florence, Arizona, is loaded with legendary offroad trails for all types of vehicles. Hidden in one of the many washes, Elvis is widely known for its numerous rock waterfalls that challenge even the best-built rigs. There are many abandoned as well as active mines in the area. Legend has it the trail's name comes from a local miner’s dog that traveled along the route with him many years ago. Along the way, there are towering saguaros clinging to the rocky banks as you twist through a lush Sonoran desert. The terrain along this route is harsh, the rocks are sharp, and everything out there wants to poke or sting you. Continuing that theme, the rocky waterfalls are massive and intimidating, but with careful tire placement and a trusted spotter, navigating through the rocky maze is achievable. Stopping after conquering an obstacle and feeling a sense of accomplishment is the memorable part about Elvis.
Elvis is a 5-mile trail with five waterfalls that will challenge experienced drivers in a modified vehicle. The beginning of Elvis is an easy 3 miles of a sandy and rocky wash. The first waterfall is the gatekeeper. There are multiple ways up the waterfall, ranging from moderate to extreme. The gatekeeper tends to be where most carnage happens. With an enthusiastic group exploring all the optional obstacles along this route, the last two miles of the wash can take half a day. Waterfall 4 has an optional up-and-over climb that is the trail's stand-out obstacle.
A trusted spotter is highly recommended for all the rock sections. It's highly recommended you have a modified vehicle with a suspension lift, skid protection, and durable off-road tires. Front and rear lockers and 33" tires are needed to navigate all the rock obstacles. High-centering is a common occurrence for stock long-wheelbase vehicles. Bring proven recovery gear and have a good working spare tire. The rocks are sharp and plentiful.
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