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Unread 04-17-2012, 08:10 PM   #1
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Aravaipa/Turkey Creek Canyon AZ (pic heavy)

Went on a run to Aravaipa Canyon/Turkey Creek Canyon/Rug Road a few weeks ago. I've done this trail once before almost exactly two years ago and have been dying to do it again. It's not very difficult, but VERY long and probably the most diversely beautiful terrain I've seen in AZ. Basically you start in Mammoth, AZ north of Tucson and hit the dirt, wind east and south through the canyons, camp about halfway through, and take about 40 miles of dirt roads to Willcox where you finally get back on pavement for the 80 mile drive back to Tucson. I wouldn't run this trail without either the detailed GPS coordinates (I know they can be found online) or someone who knows the trail well. We did the latter and still took a few wrong turns.

This time we had a fairly large group, especially for a trip this long: my TJ (specs in profile), an XJ locked F/R on 35s, an XJ open on 33s, a 4 dr JK Rubicon on 35s, a stock 2 dr JK, stock Frontier on 31s, stock Trooper on 31s, and a SAS'd Trooper on 35s. While all of the stock vehicles made it, all had some bumps and bruises and there were 2 flat tires. Any solid axle Jeep on 31s should be fine with some careful driving. Here we go!

Heading out in Mammoth


We got a late start and didn't hit the trail until almost 11 AM.


Now for lots of scenery pictures....







There is a geocache hidden in this rock outcropping somewhere


Sometimes it's hidden, sometimes....not so much. Someone had already taken the camera to develop, so hopefully we take less than 2 years to do this trail again and get to see some of the pictures










Dropping into the canyons






Lots of steep climbs and descents


The Table Top Mine and Post Office ruins






I forgot where the name come from, but this is the cabin at Parson's Grove






With a few short wrong turns, 8 vehicles, and 2 flat tires, it took us about 8 hours to get to camp








You cross Turkey Creek on your way out






On the way out you hit the abandoned town of Klondyke. Klondyke General Store


And then about 30 miles of high speed dirt roads until you get to Willcox


And that's pretty much it. This is probably my favorite trail in AZ overall, despite the lack of any major obstacles. Any questions, speak up. It was a great weekend.

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Unread 04-17-2012, 08:37 PM   #2
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Wow! looks like a great ride. Thanks for the pics.
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Interesting ... I once tried to go from the other end ... I got stopped at the Johnson mine ...

I live South of Willcox ... The only Turkey Creek I know of, starts upon the Chiricahua Mtns and runs into the playa down where I live. Is there another?
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Interesting ... I once tried to go from the other end ... I got stopped at the Johnson mine ...

I live South of Willcox ... The only Turkey Creek I know of, starts upon the Chiricahua Mtns and runs into the playa down where I live. Is there another?
Hmm...by the playa do you mean the dry lake bed outside of Kansas Settlement? My family has a ranch south of Willcox in Kansas Settlement.

I'm honestly not sure where Turkey Creek originates, but regardless, this trail definitely crosses Turkey Creek and Aravaipa Creek. This area is also known as Rug Road.

http://www.blm.gov/az/st/en/prog/rec.../rug_road.html

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Unread 05-22-2012, 04:03 PM   #6
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Oh, OK, must be a county thing, as it probably is up in Graham County, or is it over in Pima?

Down here in Cochise County we also have a Turkey Creek Rd & Turkey Creek with water in it, well . . . the Eastern part of it, and during monsoon it may run all the way to the dry lake . . .

If you look at the map, down in the lower right corner you will see AZ 181 heading East, just where it turn sharply to the North, Turkey Creek Rd continues East up into the Chirachua's . . . Where you see the US 191 sign just East of "Pearce" is where KS Settlement road hooks up to US 191 on it's Southend.

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