Bobby Nelson

Mapping Crew - Arizona
Trail Reviews: 22400 points
Questions Answered: 2900 points

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Off-Road Experience:
6+ years
Off-Road Style:
I wheel everything
My Garage:
  • (4" lift, 35" tires)
While living in the Midwest, I developed a passion for searching out new trails and hidden spots. That passion continues to this day in the beautiful southwestern United States. My wife and I are full-time RVers who travel from region to region exploring every nook and cranny we can find. While we're getting to know the locals, we gain insight into these areas, then passing on that knowledge onto our subscribers. We truly enjoy traversing long, beautiful back-country routes with epic campsites, but we equally enjoy pushing the limits on difficult rock crawling trails. Our rig was built to do everything and that's what we hope to share with our subscribers. Please visit our website https://www.xploremor.net to follow us and for opportunities to join us on our adventures. You can also view our vast video library on YouTube XPLOREMOR. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqvpVThlbR-IwMLX4tlRRcg

My Garage (1)

Lift Size: 4"
Tire Size: 35"
My current trail rig is a 1999 Wrangler TJ. It's been heavily modified to handle all types of terrain. It has the Rubicon Express Radius Long Arm kit. Dana 44 up front with an Ox locker. The rear was swapped for an 8.8. It has a four link with a 3 inch stretch. Stubby fenders and bumpers all around. I currently run 35" mud terrains.

My Trail Reviews (22)

(within last 6 months)
Gunlock Bypass (05/06/2021)
Wonderful area to go four wheeling. This trail is super fun and connects with the even better Gunlock Reservoir trail. We like to run this trail all year long. It get's some snow in the winter and leads to the reservoir where you can park right along the show and put up your canopy. Be prepared for the sandhill climb, it definitely requires some extra skinny pedal. Air down more if you are struggling. On this run we were connecting a ton of trails leading south into Nevada for a couple days without any pavement.
Gunlock Petroglyphs (05/06/2021)
We've visited this site several times. The camping is so nice, easy to get too and there's no traffic noise at night, not to mention the stars. Be cautious when they're releasing water from the pumping stations throughout this small trail system. It can cause the sand to become super soft, quickly trapping any vehicle. We like to start a run on this trail before running over to the reservoir. The large open area at the trailhead makes a great parking spot for hiking up to a very impressive petroglyph site. Gunlock 3 Mile petroglyphs are so cool and a short hike up the old shelf road. Walk across the road, climb up along the wash and up to the black rocks above. Follow the link to a free hiking .gpx track with waypoints. The pics are of our hike up there. GPX TRACK LINK Gunlock 3 Mile Petroglyphs Hiking Trail
Lime Kiln Canyon (04/29/2021)
We went out on a beautiful spring day up through Lime Kiln, over to CR 101, and out to St. George. Lime Kiln has definitely become a little more difficult over the past year. There hasn't been any maintenance done, more rock has been exposed, making it pretty bumpy. There were a few vehicles camping at the climbing area but all of the other campsites were open. We stopped by the red rocks at wp15 and explored further back in that area. We found a really old tree that had the most interesting twisted bark. It's a very beautiful area to spend some extra time in.
Warner Valley (02/20/2021)
Whenever we're looking for an easy cruise through some scenic landscapes, this is one of our first choices. A great place for landscape photography. The route is fairly smooth and connects with a ton of other long trails. The stop at Fort Pearce is very interesting. When I think of a fort, I think of big sturdy structures with guard towers, this was nothin like that. It was smaller and not as foreboding as one would think a fort might be. The trail surface is rocky and sandy, I highly recommend that you have some type of offroad tires. The sand in the area is very soft. If you leave the trail or come upon a sand drift, you may need 4x4 and lower your tires air pressure. Going down to 15-20 psi helps a bunch with traction and ride comfort.
Dinosaur Tracks (02/20/2021)
Vey cool place that's super easy to get too. We checked out a few things around Warner Valley before coming to this site and it made for an incredibly scenic day on the trail. It was a pretty easy walk back to the area where the dino tracks are located. We didn't see a bunch of tracks because all the sand had covered some of the site. It's a very beautiful drive in the area and well worth the trip out there. I recommend having some kind of off-road type tire and do not drive in the soft sand unless you have 4x4 and lower tire pressure. Otherwise you'll be calling Matt.
Rolls OHV FR 1343 (02/05/2021)
The #TontoNF will be terminating the Bush Post Fire Flooding Public Safety Closure Order effective Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, at 8 a.m. In mid-June of last year, the Bush Fire scorched almost 200,000 acres on the Mesa and Tonto Basin Ranger Districts in the Four Peaks Area. Following the fire, a Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team conducted assessments to identify impacts and recommend actions for mitigating risk in and around the burned area.
Mt. Ord Trail (02/05/2021)
The #TontoNF will be terminating the Bush Post Fire Flooding Public Safety Closure Order effective Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, at 8 a.m. In mid-June of last year, the Bush Fire scorched almost 200,000 acres on the Mesa and Tonto Basin Ranger Districts in the Four Peaks Area. Following the fire, a Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team conducted assessments to identify impacts and recommend actions for mitigating risk in and around the burned area.
Rolls OHV FR 1863 (02/05/2021)
The #TontoNF will be terminating the Bush Post Fire Flooding Public Safety Closure Order effective Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, at 8 a.m. In mid-June of last year, the Bush Fire scorched almost 200,000 acres on the Mesa and Tonto Basin Ranger Districts in the Four Peaks Area. Following the fire, a Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team conducted assessments to identify impacts and recommend actions for mitigating risk in and around the burned area.
Back Way to Mt. Ord (02/05/2021)
The #TontoNF will be terminating the Bush Post Fire Flooding Public Safety Closure Order effective Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, at 8 a.m. In mid-June of last year, the Bush Fire scorched almost 200,000 acres on the Mesa and Tonto Basin Ranger Districts in the Four Peaks Area. Following the fire, a Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team conducted assessments to identify impacts and recommend actions for mitigating risk in and around the burned area.
FR 11 (02/05/2021)
The #TontoNF will be terminating the Bush Post Fire Flooding Public Safety Closure Order effective Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, at 8 a.m. In mid-June of last year, the Bush Fire scorched almost 200,000 acres on the Mesa and Tonto Basin Ranger Districts in the Four Peaks Area. Following the fire, a Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team conducted assessments to identify impacts and recommend actions for mitigating risk in and around the burned area.
Sycamore Creek Loop (02/05/2021)
The #TontoNF will be terminating the Bush Post Fire Flooding Public Safety Closure Order effective Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, at 8 a.m. In mid-June of last year, the Bush Fire scorched almost 200,000 acres on the Mesa and Tonto Basin Ranger Districts in the Four Peaks Area. Following the fire, a Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team conducted assessments to identify impacts and recommend actions for mitigating risk in and around the burned area.
Four Peaks Trail (02/05/2021)
The trail is back open as of 2/5/2021. The closure order has been lifted. The #TontoNF will be terminating the Bush Post Fire Flooding Public Safety Closure Order effective Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, at 8 a.m. In mid-June of last year, the Bush Fire scorched almost 200,000 acres on the Mesa and Tonto Basin Ranger Districts in the Four Peaks Area. Following the fire, a Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team conducted assessments to identify impacts and recommend actions for mitigating risk in and around the burned area.
Falling Man (01/17/2021)
We have visited this site numerous times. Each time, we go a little further from the parking area and we continue to discover more rock art. The trail is very easy, but it requires some good ground clearance and offroad tires. Nobody ever told us where the Falling Man was, so we didn't find it until our second time out there and that was by accident. If someone had told us it was through the hole in the cliff and on the ledge on the backside of the cliff, it would have helped.
Lone Pine Arch (01/10/2021)
This was an easy trail but it does require 4x4 and high clearance to safely reach the end. The soft sand toward the end may require airing down your tires. The arch is worth the trip out there. It's pretty high up on the cliff so be ready to do some scrambling if you want to get close to it. The petroglyphs were actually found by accident and we didn't know where the others might be hidden. It's likely they were further up the canyon or back by the white rocks that can be seen earlier in the trail, by the first parking area.
Little Finland (01/09/2021)
Absolutely amazing area to visit. Alone, this spot is worth the long drive out there. The rocks appear to be as thin as paper. They are delicate, so please do not climb on them. By the time you get to this trail, way out in the Nevada desert, you're vehicle can obviously complete this short trail. We plan on coming back every time we're in the area.
Bull Valley Road (01/02/2021)
We have used this route numerous times to access several other trails in the area. One of the highlights along this route is the Joshua trees that have been able to survive. We stopped for a while near the Lytle Preserve but didn't enter the gated area. If you want to enter this area you must visit their website here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/15Uh-4yyWnpqBHeXyDIZFjH0bvepta294E7z7Ra6gF3g/edit?usp=sharing
Lime Mountain (01/02/2021)
We ran this one with Bull Valley and Bunker Pass to create a beautiful all day overland route. We saw a bunch of wildlife but never passed another vehicle while on this route. This is remote desert and it's beautiful. Make sure you have all the supplies you'll need for a desert adventure.
Bunker Pass (01/02/2021)
We finally got to run across this remote area of Nevada. We connected this with Bull Valley and Lime Mountain. You can also reach this route from Motoqua Road, both ways are enjoyable and easy 2wd trails. We really enjoyed this route because the surrounding mountains were so rugged and unspoiled by development. You really get the feeling that you're out in the middle of nowhere.
Indian Springs (12/29/2020)
This was an easy drive through a scenic desert area. There are golden eagles in this area during the cooler months. We have seen them out there a couple times. We ran this trail north and then visited Lone Pine Arch trail for some hiking. We only saw one other vehicle while we were out there. Some of the camping is worth the trip out there. They have very nice fire rings. The info boards that litter the area are very informative. The Joshua trees on this route and truly spectacular. I have only seen them that big and dense at Joshua National Forest in southern AZ. Be sure to stop at the huge water tank and check out the giant gold fish!!
Big Round Valley (12/10/2020)
What a great area to explore. We ran this one after running Elephant Arch and it was truly an enjoyable half day ride. This trail does have a couple rough sections but most stock high clearance 4x4s shouldn't have any issues. The sinkholes were really interesting and way bigger in person. This spring we are definitely coming back to camp along the river at Waypoint 04.
Elephant Arch (12/10/2020)
We were pleasantly surprised by the amazing views along this route. It travels way up above the Virgin River Gorge and I-15. The arch is right off the side of the trail, so it's easy to get right up next to it. We connected this with the Big Round Valley trail to create a truly enjoyable loop for stock type 4x4 vehicles. The rocks are sharp on this trail, make sure you have true offroad type tires.
White Rocks Road (12/10/2020)
This trail is super easy but it leads to an amazing area to camp and hike. The few times we have visited this spot, we have never seen anybody else. The camping at the end is truly worth the drive and worth spending a few days. The white rocks are so crazy looking and you can walk all around on them. The canyon hiking is also very scenic, especially during spring when there is water flowing.

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