Bobby Nelson

Mapping Crew - Arizona
Trail Reviews: 21800 points
Questions Answered: 2600 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 (26)

(within last 6 months)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
Tommy Creek (10/10/2020)
Not much to share about this one other then it's pretty much the best way to connect with other trails without having to drive on pavement. The hill climb was long and loose. We have never gotten very far up the hill in two wheel drive. YOU NEED 4x4 for going UP this hill. To be safe I would use 4x4 for going down too. The one campsite on this route is a really nice place to camp and always seems to be open when we're passing by. Hopefully you'll get lucky and it will be open, if not there are plenty more to choose from in the area.
Red Valley (10/03/2020)
We were really happy to find that this trail did have some 4x4 challenges. Most of the trails in the area are very easy, so shifting into four wheel drive was very welcomed. There are a ton of downed trees along this route. None were blocking our route but could see it being a possibility in the future. Most of the trees are old and dry rotted so they would be pretty easy to drive over or just drag out of the way. We love this area for the excellent remote camping and you must visit the area in the fall for the beautiful color changes.
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.
Rattlesnake Gulch (09/04/2020)
This trail was on my must run list for a very long time and I can't wait to run it again. The trail starts off as an easy enough trail, very scenic when you're working your way north into the canyon. Once you drop down to the creek it's all boulders and ledges. There aren't any really large obstacles to conquer but more scattered boulders that can cause you to high center or hang up a diff. Plus most of the time the boulders are wet and really slippery. The pools at WP 09 are definitely worth a stop. If you drive around the corner, above the big flat rock area, there is a very nice shade area.
Panguitch Lake (08/22/2020)
This trail is really easy for stock 4x4's and it never had any really rough spots. Mainly just really bumpy in sections, definitely recommend airing down. We were really surprised how far people were pulling large camper trailers, from both directions. The lake is a great place to paddle kayaks and the fishing is unreal. Be sure to drive around the lake and check out all the old cabins. The general store near the large marina is a neat place to see. It had most of the basics we needed for camping.
Strawberry Ridge (Duck Creek) (08/12/2020)
As it's been suggested in a Strawberry Point review this trail is much better for getting to the view point. Way less local traffic and not all residential. There is a ton of great camping along this route. We would have camped here but it was a little too crowded and busy for our liking. We prefer camping where there is a little less traffic. Red Desert Road has a ton of options for great remote camping. Be aware of ATV traffic, everywhere!! These pics are from Cascade Falls and the creek along Hwy 14, next to Duck Creek Campground. It's a great spot to fish or watch predator birds dive into the water.
Mammoth Mountain (08/08/2020)
This is one our favorite trails in the the area. Dead Lake is always a great place to relax in the shade and absorb nature. I have since learned much more about the significance of the Old Sorrel story. It was really a dramatic time and it's safe to say Cedar City wouldn't be what it was if it wasn't for that incredible horse. The trail isn't difficult but it can be pretty tight. There are downed logs everywhere and the rocks are VERY SHARP. You need good durable tires for the lava rocks in this entire region. We have never seen a campsite along this route. There are plenty on other area trails.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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