Palomas Harquahala Road

Quartzsite, Arizona (Yuma County)

Last Updated: 11/22/2020
4 / 5 ( 3 reviews )
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Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 44.05 miles
Highest Elevation: 1517 feet
Duration: About 6 hours
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Quartzsite
Nearest Town w/ Services: Quartzsite
Official Road Name: YE025
Management Agency: Bureau of Land Management
District: Yuma Field Office
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Highlight: Palomas Harquahala Road
The sun woke me. In compensation for interrupting my dreams, it offered the quintessential western skyline for my consideration. Backlit in hues of burned orange, melted copper and baby blue, jagged peaks of the Eagletail Mountains sawtoothed the eastern sky. Silhouetted on closer hills, saguaros stood as silent sentinels of the dawn. The lower Sonoran Desert is at its best at sunrise, all peace and stillness, and beauty. The Palomas Harquahala Road crosses the expansive Palomas Plain to the Clanton Hills, traces the western edge of the Eagletail Mountains Wilderness, parallels sandy Deadman Wash up into Nottbusch Valley, and skirts the western edge of Cemetary Ridge before passing in the shadow of Deadman Mountain. The names alone bespeak adventure. The trail cuts through a flat desert sea of creosote bush, bursage, and brittlebush. The sameness is broken here and there by saguaro and ocotillo. Like green ribbons, the washes snake through the desert with their overgrown banks of palo verde, mesquite, and ironwood. Corrals and windmills, many still in use, evoke an earlier time when rugged men came here to eke out a living in this arid landscape. In that pursuit they cut the trails we drive today. Download the track. Pack your gear. Gas up the rig. Take a ride on a long trail.



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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
An informative BLM kiosk is set in a large parking area perfect for trail meetups.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 32.959950, -113.475817

Starting Point: Dateland, Arizona

From Interstate 10's Exit 67 at Dateland, proceed north on Avenue 64E for 9 miles. Turn right onto Hyder Road and go another 4.3 miles. Turn left on the paved solar farm access road. Cross the railroad tracks. Continue straight ahead on the dirt road to the trailhead.



Trail Reviews (3)

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
I was not planning on driving this road, but I did end up on it from Waypoint 14 all the way to the end at Waypoint 21. I did not see a soul on a Saturday afternoon. The views were very pretty and I was able to drive the road fairly quickly as there were no washboard or any other difficulties at all impeding my progress. The scenery was spectacular. Glad for the little tip at Waypoint 21 on how to get back to I-10. :)

Status: Open
Offroaded on:
This was a pretty easy, scenic trail. We only saw one other vehicle the entire time on the trail and it was at the far south end. We definitely enjoyed the trail

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
I enjoyed a full day and a night on this trail. There was only a single vehicle close to the trailhead. Otherwise, I had the entire trail to myself. After Deadman Mountain there are a few rough sections as the trail meanders through a canyon.

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Wade May

Hi! I'm Wade. After 43 years as a pilot, split evenly between flying fighters for the Air Force and Boeing 737s for the airlines, my feet are firmly planted on the ground. Seems I spent a lot of my flying time looking out the cockpit window thinking, "Yep, I could drive that trail." My trips range from a few days to a month. Most are solo in my silver 4Runner named Bullit. We range over all the southwest exploring remote places and trying to get as much dirt under the wheels as possible. Occasionally I get in some hiking, backpacking, and bushcraft as well. My most ambitious overlanding plans include a trip to Tuktoyaktuk and Dead Horse. Sharing my experiences as a member of the Trails Offroad crew is a true pleasure. Hope to see you on the trail soon.
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