Bobby Nelson

Mapping Crew - Arizona Crew Leader

My off-road adventures began early while growing up in southern Tennessee. I developed a passion for finding the next best trail and that passion continues to this day, in the beautiful state of Arizona. I love getting into the back country to explore the lesser known trails but I also enjoy getting out and playing in the rocks. My goal is to provide only accurate information to our users, for all the trails I write-up.

My Builds

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My current trail rig is a 2012 Jeep Wrangler 2 door. I bought it as a base X model and from day one it was being modded. I started with a Smitty Built 9000# winch on a Custom Stubby front bumper. I have since added a Body Armor rear bumper, XD wheels with 37" Goodyear MTRs. The flex and tire clearance comes from a Synergy Stage 3 lift with added 1 ton high steering. For when the trail requires a little extra traction, I replaced both stock axles with 2015 Rubicon D44's that are trussed, sleeved and gusseted up front for added insurance. I have tried to create an all-around wheeler by having on-board air, led rock lights, Solid diff covers, spill kits, custom racks, work table, complete tools, extra shafts, ball and u-joints, that I carry with on my many expedition type trips. This package works very well for the type of wheeling I do. My next logical steps are a welder, long-arm lift and coil-overs!

Recent Trip Reports

Hot Well Dunes Recreation Area 12-30-2017

Millsite Canyon Trail Arizona 12-30-2017

We went out as a small group to see how bad the trail was. Well it was worse than we expected, even after seeing Mathews pictures. We attempted to dig and create a shelf for some support to keep moving but we were under equipped and staffed. This issue will be reported to the Forest Service at the January meeting. We expect there will be a TRAL crew out to do repairs shortly. Please stay tuned for updates and thank you for the support of our great 4x4 community.

FR 27 - Back way to Mt. Ord 12-02-2017

After running the Sunflower Mine Loop, we decided to finish off the day with a run to the top of this mountain we had been seeing from a distance all day. I have been up this route before but not in a couple years. It was just as I remembered, except a couple of the washouts have been repaired. It's still narrow in spots but our friends big four door had no issues. If you're in the area, it's well worth the cruise up and down this mountain.


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