What we're about

We are off-road 4x4 vehicle enthusiasts enjoying the Arizona backcountry landscape and scenery. Our rides are 2 - 4 hours long through easy to moderate terrain and usually followed by a optional social event. This group is perfect for new Jeep and 4x4 owners wanting to get off of pavement and test the capabilities their mostly stock rig. Come join us and explore the Arizona outdoors in your 4x4 and make new friends in the Cave Creek and surrounding area.

WE ARE HOLDING THE GROUP SIZE TO 80 MEMBERS MAX IN ORDER TO KEEP THE NUMBER OF VEHICLES IN EACH EVENT AT A MANAGEABLE LEVEL. NEW MEMBERS ARE ACCEPTED WHEN SPOTS COME AVAILABLE - PLEASE BE PATIENT.

New to the Off-Road Scene

If you are new to the off-road scene you can get up to speed quickly by viewing our Off-Roading for Beginners Guide here:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1nY6Ohtsnhgzmbymovsc0DFbTlCdgZ0ZjWaZUlMoO6uY/edit?usp=sharing

Our ride descriptions list the difficulty of each ride. Choose an easy ride for your first time and arrive early so you can meet a mentor that will help you through the day. Stop making excuses and get out there!

To become a member please include your photo and information about you and your vehicle.

As of February 1, 2019 there is a $12 per year fee for membership to offset Meetup fees. This will allow us to become unlimited in group size however, we will still limit ride participation to keep rides manageable and fun.

You participate in our Meetup events at your own risk. Off-road driving can be inherently risky and you are solely responsible for your decision to participate and driving decisions. Organizers and members are not responsible for damage to you, your passengers, or your vehicle nor do they accept liability for your actions while on group events. Participation is at your own risk.

Upcoming events (3)

New River to Cave Creek via Tonto NF road 41

See below Meetup Description for Location(s)

From I-17 (Table Mesa Rd exit) we will travel east into the Tonto NF to FS road 41 and south to Cave Creek. This is a easy/moderate level 30 mile ride with a few water crossings and some challenging spots, most of which have easier options.

NOTE: Restrooms available at the Seven Springs picnic area toward the end of the ride.

The first 2/3 of the ride is slow and bumpy with 3 or 4 shallow water crossings and some optional more difficult sections. All difficult obstacles have easy go-arounds. With that in mind, calling this a moderate level ride is pushing it; so let's go with moderately-easy ride that requires a four wheel drive high clearance vehicle with off-road tires (ie stock Jeep Wrangler). The last 1/3 of the ride is easier improved roads through Seven Springs and eventually to Cave Creek.

Afterwards, let's meet at Ofrenda in Cave Creek for a cold one and some Latin inspired grub. www.theofrenda.com at:
7100 E Cave Creek Rd #151, Cave Creek, AZ 85331
Ofrenda's has plenty of indoor and outdoor seating and is a fun place.

MEET LOCATION - I-17 & Table Mesa Rd (exit 236) - go east on Table Mesa Rd to the dirt pull-off on the right.
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TIME - Ride starts at 2:00 pm

WHAT TO BRING:
- full tank of fuel
- Arizona State Land Access Permit (see below)
- GMRS radio frequency[masked]
- Snacks
- Camera

A couple of important things to know:

1. As soon as we exit I-17 at Table Mesa Rd there is a short distance of State Land that we must cross to get into Tonto NF. Technically, this requires a State Land Access Permit. The one-year permit is $15 and can be obtained here: https://land.az.gov/natural-resources/recreational-permits. I have never seen any enforcement take place at this small stretch of land.

2. Consider airing down your tires before the ride. If you are new to this idea then Google it for details. It takes 10 minutes or more to air down so please arrive in time to have this done before the ride begins. If you have a far drive home then plan to air back up or stop in Cave Creek at the Circle K to air up.

3. Arrive with a full tank of gas. There are NO gas stations at the Table Mesa Rd exit. You will need to fill-up before you get there.

Disclaimer: Navigating a vehicle on and off-road can be hazardous. By voluntarily including yourself and your passengers on this ride you are accepting all risk and damage to you, your passengers, and your vehicle. This course is run on legal roads and trails and will include obstacles and risks typical of on-road and off-road driving. Participate at your own risk.

Walnut Canyon Loop - MODERATE

1113 US-60

RIDE UPDATE: The ride has been opened to 30 vehicles. To keep things moving we will go out in two staggered groups.

It's time for another Jon Sandy adventure! This time Jon is taking us to Walnut Canyon near Superior, AZ.

Scenic route is challenging for stock 4X4 Vehicles with off/all terrain rated tires. This trip will be very challenging for beginner/rookie offroad drivers.

A fun drive offering real adventure. Beautiful Sonoran Desert with towering buttes on all sides. Northern part of the trail borders White Canyon Wilderness with many popular hiking trails. We will travel through Walnut Canyon and cross the Gila River twice, water level permitting. Expect winding trail with steep climbs and descents. You’ll experience rutted sections, rock gardens, and overgrown brush.

If Walnut Canyon is new to you, refer to FunTreks Guide to Arizona Backroads & 4-Wheel-Drive Trails for an introduction.

Meet Time: 8:30 AM

Meet Location: Circle K convenience store in Superior at 8:30, have a driver’s meeting, then depart as a group for the 11 mile drive to the air-down spot.

- Address: Circle K in Superior: 1113 US-60, Superior, AZ 85173:

- Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/aPEpeQ81thTD5FhF6
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Air-Down Location: Directions to Air-Down Spot (if you’re running late):

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Disclaimer: Navigating a vehicle on and off-road can be hazardous. By voluntarily including yourself and your passengers on this ride you are accepting all risk and damage to you, your passengers, and your vehicle. This course is run on legal roads and trails and will include obstacles and risks typical of on-road and off-road driving. Participate at your own risk.

Death Valley Overnight Trip - Updated

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The Death Valley trip will take place on March 22 -28, 2022. The home base will be Furnace Creek which is just outside of Death Valley, CA. Participants are not required to participate every day.

Only RSVP "YES" if you are 100% committed to attending. Please confirm your accommodations before you RSVP.

If you own a 4x4 Death Valley is a must do. Members Alan Mayo and Eric Muilenberg are leading this multi-day Death Valley trip. Below is Alan's ride description. This ride is limited to 10 vehicles.

ACCOMMODATIONS
You are responsible for arranging your accommodations. There are five camping options at Furnace Creek.

Furnace Creek Campground (Park service -RV and tent, paved, some with hookoops, and reservations required)
Fiddlers Campground (RV and tent, private, reservations required , no hookups)
Sunset campground ( Park Service - RV and tent, first come first serve
Texas Spring campground (Park Service -RV and tent, first come first serve)
Furnace Creek overflow (Parks Service, RV and other hard sided, tents on top of a jeep should works, paved, sewer dump, lots of space)

Park Service reservations at Recreation.gov

Fiddler Campground at www.oasisatdeathvalley.com/lodging/fiddlers-campground/

Motel/hotel
The Inn at Death Valley
The Ranch at Death Valley

Meals/bar/ limited groceries at the Ranch at Death Valley

All are within about 1 mile of each other.

Reservations should be made asap

ADVENTURE PLANS
Daily trips can include Echo and Hole in the Wall Canyons - Inyo Mine, Chloride Cliffs - Indian Mine-Titus Canyon, Ubehebe Crater - Race Track Playa, Mosaic Canyon, Scotties Castle (if open), Cottonwood and Marble Canyons, Agueberry Point - Skidoo - Charcoal Kilns, Zabriski Point - Dantes View, Warm Springs Canyon, Artist Drive - Devils Golf Course – Badwater (lowest point in North America), Keen Wonder Mine, Natural Bridge, Darwin Falls, Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, Eureka Dunes, and more. From Dantes view you can see both the lowest and highest points in North America on a clear day. Some days will be mostly driving, and some will be about half driving and hiking. Hiking will involve some slot canyons, open alluvial fans, and easy boulder and rock face scrambling. It will not be possible to visit all of the sites in 1 week so each day we will plan the next day’s activities.

VEHICLE
The 4x4 driving is easy to moderate - any stock 4x4 will work well. Alan has arrived shortly after a major storm event and flash flooding events when the trails by use in many of the canyons became nothing more than boulder strewn stream beds. Passage is still possible - only slower as we have to start new trail. If the rains are right the wild flowers will be incredible. Many of the canyon have sections that can best be described as narrow, winding slot canyons with vertical walls. Elsewhere the views from the cliff face trails are stunning as much of the valley floor is below sea-level and the surround mountains rise to more than 6,000 ft. Up to 6,000 ft of driving elevation change will occur on many days. If there is no snow at Mahogany Flat there will be 8,000+ ft.

Alan will likely play golf at -200 ft elevation for ½ a day, and swimming can occur on any afternoon or early evening. He will usually bring his bicycle for riding around locally and the Artist Palette Drive and Dantes View can be fun but is steep and fast on the way down the alluvial fan.
If you have an interest please let me know and we will organize in the early Fall.

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Boulders OHV Area Ride

Boulders OHV Staging area AND Restroom

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