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New guy looking for some winter trails.

Discussion in 'Off-Roading & Trails' started by CarlDK, Oct 25, 2019.

  1. Oct 25, 2019 at 5:32 AM
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    CarlDK

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    I live in Tulsa OK and the wife and I are going to see a friend in Bullhead City AZ over Thanksgiving. We would like to do some wheeling on the way back nothing to crazy just want to see some pretty places. Know its probably not the best time of year but want to take advantage of the trip. I have a 2017 JKU with a 3.5 lift and 35" tires. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks, Carl
     
  2. Oct 25, 2019 at 8:21 AM
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    Hey Carl, welcome from central Oklahoma.
    Cibola National Forest in western NM is right along I-40 (I assume that would be your main route). Looks like they have some nice forest service roads and trail, like up Mt. Sedgwick.
    You could go a bit further north to the Santa Fe National Forest.
    Will there be snow? Hard to tell. You may have to go further north to CO to get that.
    If you find snow... be careful if you are alone (single vehicle), things can turn bad quickly.
     
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  3. Oct 25, 2019 at 8:35 AM
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    Thanks for the reply, El Malpais sounds good. Wasn't planning on going to far North because of snow but we'll watch the weather. Love the Santa Fe area just haven't been there with wheeling in mind. Any trails in particular you know would be a great help.
     
  4. Oct 25, 2019 at 8:37 AM
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    A bit out of your way, but Moab,Utah is the four wheeling capital of the world.
     
  5. Oct 25, 2019 at 8:55 AM
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    @CarlDK ... correction, it's Cibola National Forest. El Malpais NCA is on the south end of the Cibola NF.
     
  6. Oct 25, 2019 at 12:00 PM
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    I have never been to Cibola, but looking at the NFS MVUM (Motor Vehicle Use Map) and using Gaia GPS I created a 66 mile route that takes you through the heart of the NF.
    NFS MVUM: https://www.fs.fed.us/ivm/index.html?long=-120.3253&lat=47.4233&scale=150000 This is a good resource to check before venturing into any National Forest to see what roads may not be open.
    Gaia Route: https://www.gaiagps.com/datasummary...-b451-b0f5fdfec680/?layer=SatelliteWithLabels This is a good app for navigation, it has many overlays, including NVUMs. I use the website to plan my route and then sync the route with the app for navigation. If you are interested let me know and I will share a link for a discount on the subscription, up to 50% off.
     
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  7. Oct 26, 2019 at 9:06 AM
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    Welcome to the site!
     
  8. Oct 29, 2019 at 1:02 PM
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    Thanks,
     
  9. Oct 30, 2019 at 5:06 AM
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    That would be great , Thanks
     
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    Planning on spending some time in the Benson AZ and Tucson AZ area this winter... I have "All Trails" app - dozens of hiking trails but it doesn't show many ""MILD" off road trails in the Benson area... Anyone know of some mild ones ? There is a Jeepers group where we'll be but I'm not sure i want to take this into areas to get scratched up, balanced on two wheels over rocks and ravines, or fording streams yet. I know, bit wimpy but do enjoy getting out in somewhat remote areas without the Badge of Honor scratches and pains.
     
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    Maybe you can try in Kingman, Hualapai Mountains.
     
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