Bobby Nelson

Mapping Crew - Arizona
Trail Reviews: 19900 points
Questions Answered: 2050 points
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 (46)

(within last 6 months)
Lava Knoll (09/12/2020)
We've camped in this region many times and had been looking for more primitive camping areas with quicker access to pavement. When we ran up to the top of Henrie Knoll and saw this side trail that traveled pretty far south towards Duck Creek. It's an easy trail without any challenges but the forest is dense and beautiful. We have since camped at a couple of the great sites on this route that are easily accessible from Mammoth Road. There isn't too much traffic and the numerous side trails have a ton more great campsites if you can't find one along this trail.
The Barracks Trail (09/04/2020)
This trail has been on my bucket list for many years. Let's just say it didn't disappoint. We also ran this trail in reverse. We did it for two reasons, one we wanted to do the open sections early, in cooler temps. Two, we didn't want to contend with the steep sand hill but still complete the entire route. I'm not a fan of running my Jeep hard in the sand. The water was really low, never more then a few inches deep. Be sure to stop at Waypoint 02 to check out the Belly of the Dragon cave. It's worth the short walk.
Tippets Valley (08/08/2020)
This trail has been our go to for finding open campsites. It's not a main trail so it's a little less traveled. We always saw a ton of deer and turkey along this route. We connect this with Dry Camp Valley to run all the way out to Second Left Hand Canyon. It's an important connector trail especially if you're wanting avoid the hard parts on Red Desert Road. We always stop at the old Ponderosa Pine. I'm impressed that any of these old trees have survived the cutting mill.
Kanarra Mountain (08/08/2020)
We were looking for alternative ways up to Kolob Reservoir and we found this easy and quick way to the top of the terrace. I definitely recommend 4x4 for the climb up. The road is very steep and it's very loose gravel. I was spinning tires and hopping when I was in 2wd with full tire pressure. We aired down to 20 psi and used 4-high and it was smooth all the way to the lake. We have driving this as a loop with Kolob Terrace Road. We prefer starting on this trail and ending down by Hurricane. The best camping for people with 4x4's is on the west side of the lake. The shoreline road eventually becomes too difficult for cars so you can get back into the trees right along the shore of the lake.
Dry Camp Valley (08/08/2020)
We finally found a difficult trail in this area. We have driven most the main trails in the area looking for something that was a little more challenging. It only made sense that there would be a trail with some lava rock crawling. This really isn't a rock crawling trail but it is a trail that requires 4-low and disconnecting the sway bar. If you have a stock Jeep Wrangler, Tacoma or something like that, then this is a perfect route for a fun challenge. The trail also gets you into a pretty remote section of Dixie National Forest where you'll have a better chance at finding an open campsite.
Birthing Cave (08/08/2020)
I love trails where you get a mix of 4x4 challenge, scenery and some history. This trail required 4-low a couple times. I definitely recommend airing down and disconnecting your sway bars. Plus some experience driving on big rocks is needed to keep from getting high centered or bashing your differential cover on everything. It was really hot when we ran it so we didn't walk around too much. There are more petroglyphs hidden in the area that we have to come back and find. We connected this with Manganese Wash and Gunlock Reservoir to cool off in the lake.
Gunlock Reservoir (08/07/2020)
One of our favorite trails to get out on the water with kayaks. There are several spots where you can just pull off in the sand and drive down to the shore. Be careful of the soft sand. If you're not aired down and have good tires, then you're going to get stuck. Momentum is your friend and a friend or winch may come in handy. We stopped at the waterfalls in early spring when the waters flowing over the southern end of the reservoir. If you're looking for a little more challenge with a scenic stop, be sure to run through Birthing Cave.
Mammoth Cave (07/11/2020)
This was my second visit to this very cool site. The caves lava tubes are a very interesting feature that must be experienced in person. The trail to the parking area is very easy. There are more cars on this trail than ohv's. Be sure to check out the other nearby cave, Bowers Cave is smaller but it has a different feel and it's less crowded.
Henrie Knoll (07/09/2020)
The trail conditions were dry and bumpy. The tree roots and rocks are everywhere. There weren't any deep holes or ruts. The ledge road up around the rim of the knoll is narrow. I wouldn't take a full-sized SUV or pickup to the top. We stopped at the bottom before the bottom switchback to listen for any traffic coming down. There is a lot of ATV traffic in the area and they sometimes ride in big groups. Roll your windows down and you can usually hear them coming. The views at the top are totally worth the drive. We definitely have to go back for the fall color change. You can try to squeeze around the loop trail at the top but it seemed a little narrow for my Jeep. We walked around instead and hung out at the top to enjoy the momentary silence.
Asbestos Mine (07/03/2020)
Tonto National Forest has been temporarily closed because of extreme fire conditions. This is a link to the official closure notice https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/tonto/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD759503
Apache Trail (07/03/2020)
Tonto National Forest has been temporarily closed because of extreme fire conditions. This is a link to the official closure notice https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/tonto/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD759503
Back Way to Mt. Ord (07/03/2020)
Tonto National Forest has been temporarily closed because of extreme fire conditions. This is a link to the official closure notice https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/tonto/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD759503
Bartlett Powerline (07/03/2020)
Tonto National Forest has been temporarily closed because of extreme fire conditions. This is a link to the official closure notice https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/tonto/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD759503
Black Cross Butte (07/03/2020)
Tonto National Forest has been temporarily closed because of extreme fire conditions. This is a link to the official closure notice https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/tonto/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD759503
Bomboy Mine (07/03/2020)
Tonto National Forest has been temporarily closed because of extreme fire conditions. This is a link to the official closure notice https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/tonto/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD759503
Boulder Bypass (07/03/2020)
Tonto National Forest has been temporarily closed because of extreme fire conditions. This is a link to the official closure notice https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/tonto/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD759503
Brody Hills (07/03/2020)
Tonto National Forest has been temporarily closed because of extreme fire conditions. This is a link to the official closure notice https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/tonto/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD759503
Bulldog Canyon FR 10 (07/03/2020)
Tonto National Forest has been temporarily closed because of extreme fire conditions. This is a link to the official closure notice https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/tonto/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD759503
Bulldog Canyon FR 1356 (07/03/2020)
Tonto National Forest has been temporarily closed because of extreme fire conditions. This is a link to the official closure notice https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/tonto/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD759503
Bulldog FR 12 Willow Canyon AZ (07/03/2020)
Tonto National Forest has been temporarily closed because of extreme fire conditions. This is a link to the official closure notice https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/tonto/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD759503
Bulldog FR 3512 AA Pit Arizona (07/03/2020)
Tonto National Forest has been temporarily closed because of extreme fire conditions. This is a link to the official closure notice https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/tonto/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD759503
Cave Creek to Sheep Bridge (07/03/2020)
Tonto National Forest has been temporarily closed because of extreme fire conditions. This is a link to the official closure notice https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/tonto/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD759503
Deer Hill (07/03/2020)
Tonto National Forest has been temporarily closed because of extreme fire conditions. This is a link to the official closure notice https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/tonto/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD759503
Dry Dude Creek (07/03/2020)
Tonto National Forest has been temporarily closed because of extreme fire conditions. This is a link to the official closure notice https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/tonto/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD759503
Manganese Wash (06/30/2020)
This route was very easy but a little bumpy for low clearance vehicles. We use this trail to access Gunlock Reservoir and to camp at Waypoint 15. The site is so remote and quiet at all hours. Be sure to check out Birthing Cave if you have a capable 4x4. You can always run it in reverse to the cave, the easy way out and back. The trail is always pretty well maintained but there can be that random boulder or washout along the edge of this route.
Motoqua Road (06/28/2020)
We have run this route a few times to access several other popular trails. The camping is really easily accessible and best of all it's free for two weeks. We always try to make time for Gunlock Reservoir if we're in the area. The Birthing Cave is definitely worth a drive through if your up for a challenge. You can always go into the cave site by running that trail in reverse. In the winter months you can see campers boondocking far back on this route.
Cascade Falls (06/21/2020)
The road to the Virgin River Rim is an easy gravel road. There were a bunch of regular cars parked at the hiking trailhead. The hiking trail is pretty easy. None of the hills were too steep and there were several spots to take a break along the way. A very scenic hike and pretty cool to see the water shooting out of the cliff.
FR 11 (06/18/2020)
The Bush Fire is burning around and through the Four Peaks region. The trail will remain closed for a while. I have attached a link to the Bush Fire Incident Site that has more details about the fire. https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/6773/51960/
Rolls OHV FR 1343 (06/18/2020)
The Bush Fire is burning around and through the Four Peaks region. The trail will remain closed for a while. I have attached a link to the Bush Fire Incident Site that has more details about the fire. https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/6773/51960/
Rolls OHV FR 1863 (06/18/2020)
The Bush Fire is burning around and through the Four Peaks region. The trail will remain closed for a while. I have attached a link to the Bush Fire Incident Site that has more details about the fire. https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/6773/51960/
Hewitt Station Bypass (06/15/2020)
The Sawtooth Fire has resulted in a temporary closure to this trail. I have attached a link to the Incident Site where you can find out more details about the current conditions. https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6730/
Four Peaks Trail (06/15/2020)
The Bush Fire is burning around and through the Four Peaks region. The trail will remain closed for a while. I have attached a link to the Bush Fire Incident Site that has more details about the fire. https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/6773/51960/
Sycamore Creek Loop (06/15/2020)
The Bush Fire is burning around and through the Four Peaks region. The trail will remain closed for a while. I have attached a link to the Bush Fire Incident Site that has more details about the fire. https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/6773/51960/
Bomboy Mine (06/15/2020)
The Sawtooth Fire has resulted in a temporary closure to this trail. I have attached a link to the Incident Site where you can find out more details about the current conditions. https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6730/
Montana Mountain (06/14/2020)
The Sawtooth Fire has resulted in a temporary closure to this trail. I have attached a link to the Incident Site where you can find out more details about the current conditions. https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6730/
Apache Land Trail (06/14/2020)
The Sawtooth Fire has resulted in a temporary closure to this trail. I have attached a link to the Incident Site where you can find out more details about the current conditions. https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6730/
Superstition Loop (06/14/2020)
The Sawtooth Fire has resulted in a temporary closure to this trail. I have attached a link to the Incident Site where you can find out more details about the current conditions. https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6730/
Mateo Castro (06/14/2020)
The Sawtooth Fire has resulted in a temporary closure to this trail. I have attached a link to the Incident Site where you can find out more details about the current conditions. https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6730/
Elephant Butte (06/14/2020)
The Sawtooth Fire has resulted in a temporary closure to this trail. I have attached a link to the Incident Site where you can find out more details about the current conditions. https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6730/
Slaughter Creek (06/13/2020)
We ran this as a loop when combined with Veyo Shoal Creek Road. We spent some time exploring around the lake. There are a ton of great spots right along the shore. We saw a golden eagle and a bunch of red tail hawks when we were way back on this trail. The creeks are all flowing in the spring time which is nice for walking in the creek beds for finding frogs and other critters. This trail is remote, have good tires and plenty of supplies if something goes wrong. We ran into a little it of traffic near the lake but nothing in the middle sections of the route. The video is a collection of all the main trails and best points of interest we found in this area.
Second Left Hand Canyon (06/07/2020)
One of our favorite trails within the Dixie National Forest. There are some truly epic campsites. Especially in late spring when it's a little warmer and the creeks are flowing. Unfortunately the fire in 2006 took out most of the trees but it did open up the views of the rock spires and cliffs. There are a ton of other trails to connect with this one but we connected it with Sage Valley down to Cascade Falls for a truly memorable all day adventure. The trail was in good shape but from what I understand it can change anytime. The old burnt trees can fall down any time and rains can washout large sections of the trail.
Red Desert Road (06/06/2020)
The best part about this trail is the camping but the mild challenge in the middle section was pretty cool. The rest of the route is an easy gravel and dirt trail. Epic camping is everywhere along this route. You could park a camper or toy hauler at either end for an excellent base camp. The region has weeks worth of trails to explore. We ran this with Second Left Hand and Cascade Falls to finish.
Mitchell Mill (06/04/2020)
This route had some really great campsites and they are easily accessible from the highway. The route only had a couple washouts and ruts that can high center low clearance vehicles. There were several deer and large predator birds spotted along the way. We made a video of our all day adventure through this region.
Tom and Cull Wash (06/03/2020)
We have used this "short-cut" numerous times when running the area trails. If you're connecting CR 101 with Black Rock Mtn. it's way shorter. We also use this for exiting from Black Rock out Lime Kiln to Mesquite, Nevada. It's an easy trail but not always maintained like the other main trails in the area. The rocks will cut your tires, have a spare and some tire plugs.
Uinta Flat (06/03/2020)
We really like this route because of the camping. There are a ton of sites to choose from. There are some really huge sites for groups but there area also some smaller sites tucked into the dense trees. The trail is very easy, passenger cars are often seen along the route. The best part about camping along this route is the access to Duck Creek Village. You can rent atv's, dine out, refuel and get camp supplies. We went to both caves that are on two connecting trails.
Bowers Cave (06/02/2020)
I'm a sucker for naturally formed caves. This one and Mammoth have been on my to do list for a long time. The trail leading the parking area was pretty easy. The early sections of the route travel through a dense forest before coming out into the meadows at Waypoint 04. The cave was pretty difficult to climb down in. The hole isn't that big and the ladder is straight down. Once you get down in the cave there is a large room. With your back to the log ladder, the tunnel travels off to the left for almost 1000 feet. Definitely bring two flashlights, just in case one of them stops working. We visited both Mammoth and Bower caves on the same day. The pictures show the difference between the two cave entrances.

My Trails (190)