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Unread 12-15-2010, 12:27 AM   #1
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Laughlin Trails? Help!

Hi all,

So I purchased my first Jeep ever last week (LJ rubicon)! Now my wife and I are going to take our first adventure in our new vehicle, and we are planning a trip to Laughlin, NV. (we live in AZ)

Can anyone suggest good trails in that general area we can check out?

When suggesting, please consider, I'm completely new to 4-wheeling so the experience level can't be very extreme, and my rubicon is totally stock as of yet.

I am loving Jeep Forum, and can't thank you all enough for your help!

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Unread 12-15-2010, 10:38 AM   #2
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i haven't spent too much time wheeling in the Laughlin area yet, but I have been out to test the jeep a few places off the 163. Easy to find, not too many challenging obstacles, but still a good place to test the jeep. just head up the 163 away from laughlin, and there you will find trails on the south side of the the freeway. only about 5-15 minutes from Laughlin. I'm sure there are more, but I'm usually in Laughlin when its 100+* and not in the mood to play in the dirt. Good Luck, and post pics!
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Unread 12-15-2010, 11:06 AM   #3
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Hemi- Awesome, that's exactly they type of info I was looking for. Thanks for the help I will look into it!
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Unread 12-16-2010, 12:45 PM   #4
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RamboLJ, There is an easy but historic road just south of Laughlin off the 95, called the Mojave Road. There is lots of info online, If you go get the book "Mojave Road Guide" to read as you travel. It originally went from Prescott to Los Angeles and there is about 125 miles of it left. I did it in about 3 days.
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Unread 12-16-2010, 01:32 PM   #5
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+1 for Mojave Trail.

Depending on how much time you want to take, it's a very scenic and interesting ride.

From Laughlin, head South, then West on the trail. Your first stop (other than crossing paved roads) should be Fort Piute (or what's left of it). Then some fun climbing over the hills and through some fairly easy terrain, to another paved road. Turn left, and you'll get to Kelso. Google "Fort Piute" and "Kelso", you'll see what we mean.

If you leave early in the morning, you can do this portion of the trail, and be back in Lauglin in the evening. I suggest you go with another vehicle, but it's a fairly well traveled trail if something goes awry.

If you use a Garmin, I can e-mail you the tracks (bread crumbs) from our last trip out there.
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Unread 12-17-2010, 01:51 AM   #6
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Yea, I was just looking online at the 4 wheeling options in the Mojave National Preserve. Looks like this is were you guys are referring to. Links below:
Mojave National Preserve - Piute Springs (U.S. National Park Service)
Mojave National Preserve - Mojave Road 4-Wheel Drive Route (U.S. National Park Service)

Hedwig- so we should be able to do the Priute Springs/Fort portion in a day? I'd love to do the longer trip, but I have bills, so I guess I have to come back to civilization at some point.
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Unread 12-17-2010, 07:33 AM   #7
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Laughlin to Fort Piute is an easy 1 hour trip, each way. Spend an hour there looking around and taking pictures and maybe a picnic lunch.

The Kelso portion of the run will take longer, but the answer to your question is yes. You'll come back to Laughlin on paved roads from Kelso, and it can be done in a long day.

A word of caution: the last trip we took was in February. There was snow on the ground at the higher elevations (West of Fort Piute), and the graded roads were very wet with rain and snow. The soil composition on these roads made the trip....."interesting". Very, very slick. On the uphill runs, you had to be in 4WD High Range, and keep your foot on the pedal. That was the only way you could keep on top of the mud and keep in a, more or less, straight line. Needless to say, it took about $10 at a Bullhead City car wash to get the gunk off.

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I didnt read anyone else's responses, but....make sure you bring along another jeep, even if its just a dirt road trail. Bad idea to go anywhere off a main road alone.
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"Bad idea to go anywhere off a main road alone."
-yea that's why I'm looking for a pretty simple/well traveled trail. I think the Fort Piute is what will work. When we get there we'll ask around. If we're lucky we'll catch up with someone else going in. I'm really appreciating the tips. Being new to all of this I need all the info I can get.
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Laughlin trip.

Hi Rambo;
Across the river from the Avi Casino, there at some easy dirt roads that can take you to Oatman and some abandoned mines. I'm new to jeepin' also, and my wife & I did these with no problems. They're pretty well traveled, so if something happens someone will probably find you quickly. You can find the mines on Google Earth. Our Jeep is stock also now, so once again, we didn't have any problems. See ya'.
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Hi Rambo;
Across the river from the Avi Casino, there at some easy dirt roads that can take you to Oatman and some abandoned mines. I'm new to jeepin' also, and my wife & I did these with no problems. They're pretty well traveled, so if something happens someone will probably find you quickly. You can find the mines on Google Earth. Our Jeep is stock also now, so once again, we didn't have any problems. See ya'.
Great I'll look that up. thanks so much for the help. Have any pics from the trip?
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Hi Rambo;
No, we haven't uploaded our pix yet. But, there's some pix on Google Earth that some people have posted. Just take a good look at Google Earth and you'll be able to find landmarks that will help you out. Between Oatman and Kingman, there are four abandoned mines. Some still have structures, just take a lunch along and enjoy your ride.
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Unread 12-20-2010, 08:58 AM   #13
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I'd forgotten about the dirt road from Bullhead City to Oatman. It's a nice ride, but be careful you don't run over any burro's !!!

Oatman is a nice tourist spot to walk around and visit all the stores / shops.
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^that sounds like a good idea for a lunch trip. We'll definitely check that out.
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Here's a link to download a map of backcountry trails in the Lake Mojave area.
http://www.nps.gov/lame/planyourvisit/upload/ApprovedRoad_map_LakeMohaveSouth.pdf
At this time of year, there isn't much traffic, so you should travel with another vehicle, or if you go alone, make sure someone knows where you are going and when you will return. There's no cell phone coverage once you get out of the Laughlin area.





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