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A remote, backcountry dirt road through Pinto Basin.


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21.6

Miles

34.8

KM

Point to Point

2,483' 757 m

High

1,414' 431 m

Low

650' 198 m

Up

1,463' 446 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Unknown

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Mountain bikes and 4-wheel-drive vehicles are allowed in the park on the backcountry roads. In order to protect yourself and the surrounding ecosystem, mechanical travel is restricted to established roads. Tracks on open desert can remain for years and damages the desert ecosystem while tarnishing the experience for subsequent visitors. Off-road vehicles and all-terrain vehicles may not be used in the park.

Description

Beginning 6.5 miles (10.5 km) north of Cottonwood Visitor Center, this backcountry dirt road heads through Pinto Basin, crossing a number of dry washes, while winding through canyons in the Pinto Mountains. The first 13 miles are in the national park boundary and the remainder of the road heads northwest through the Needles Management area of the Bureau of Land Management. There are a number of old mines and wells located off this road, but take caution as many may be too dangerous to explore.

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Shared By:

Zander Göpfert

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From the intersection of the Pinto Basin Road, Black Eagle Mine Road, and Old Dale Road.
Jun 13, 2017 near Indio, CA
Pulled off of Old Dale Road for the sunset.
Jun 13, 2017 near Twentyn…, CA
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