Southern Pipeline Trail

New River, Arizona (Maricopa County)

Last Updated: 05/07/2019
2.5 / 5 ( 2 reviews )
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Partially Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Permit Information: Permit Required - Click Here
Length: 11.55 miles
Highest Elevation: 2270 feet
Duration: About 1 hour, 30 minutes
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: New River
Nearest Town w/ Services: New River
Official Road Name:
Management Agency: State Trust Land


Highlight: Southern Pipeline Trail
Officially known as El Paso Gas Pipeline Rd., this off-road trail goes north to south on the western side of New River. The trail is also a route for the El Paso Gas Pipeline and fiber cables that are also buried along the route. This is a great trail for overland adventures but also has some mildly challenging obstacles along the way. It can also provide an alternative route for high clearance vehicles who want to avoid a shutdown or heavily congested I-17.


Route Information

Technical Rating

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1. Pipeline & Table Mesa Rd. Intersection (0 mi)
Turn south onto Pipeline Trail at this intersection with Windmill Trail and Table Mesa Road. This will be a right turn coming from Windmill Trail, or a left if coming from Table Mesa Road via Rock Springs Road. Heading north you'll end up running into a mining operation, and that section of the trail is technically closed; though unmarked as such. You can also get to Chalk Hill by heading north to just shy of the mining operation.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Table Mesa Recreation Area, or Carefree Highway

The southern trailhead is the easiest to get to as it's just two miles north of Carefree Highway on New River Road. The northern trailhead can be reached form the Table Mesa Recreation Area's Old Mine Road (also referred to as Powerline Trail), via Windmill Trail; once part of an older route for Table Mesa Road. The northern trailhead can also be accessed from the southern tail of Table Mesa Road off of Rock Springs Road. This requires going through a gate just to the west of the frontage road on the west side of I-17 exit 236. The Crap Shoot trail also intersects near the northern end of this portion of Pipeline Trail.


Not allowed

Land Use Issues

One of the more fun parts of this trail, on the north end, are closed due to a mining operation.

Trail Reviews (3)

Questions & Answers (2)

Q: Is there a preferred time to year this trail is optimal and clear?
–Jon Sauber (03/06/2020)
–S.J. Hollist (03/10/2020)
Q: I live in Illinois but have a place in AZ. Is there a Jeep or off road rental that we could rent for a day or 2 for these adventures while out in Phoenix area?
–Michael Lanman (06/12/2019)
–S.J. Hollist (06/18/2019)

Writer Information

S.J. Hollist

Mapping Crew - Arizona and Florida

I've been writing for TrailsOffroad since August 2015. Before that, I had been off-road in places like central and northern Utah, east and west Texas, and central and northern Arizona. I've even driven off-road on an island in the Caribbean (the one time I've driven a Jeep off-road). I joined TrailsOffroad because it combines my three favorite hobbies: Off-roading obviously; I've also been blogging for most of my life - even before it was done on the internet (ever heard of a dial-up BBS?) - and even wrote a political column for a now-extinct website for a few years; I also have experience with building websites and promoting on social media. These experiences made writing for Trails Offroad a good fit for me, and I've been enjoying it very much. When I'm not working at my IT job, or playing with my kids, I go on runs with a group of people who like to collaborate. I also run my own online marketing and web content company The Rotisory Foundation (named after a BBS I used to run back in High School and College before the Internet became overwhelmingly popular). I'm a big Toyota fan. I've owned two 4x4 Tacomas, an older 4x4 Toyota pickup, and I'm now on my second FJ Cruiser (the first was a TRD SE 6 speed, that I got rid of after my twins were born). You can learn more about my adventures at For individual use only, not to be shared.