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This is a good time to take cross the Verde River below Horseshoe Dam and take the short-cut to Sheeps Bridge (assuming we don't get significant rain between ow and the ride date). The photo above is water flow over the bridge. Currently, Horseshoe Reservoir is almost empty. We will meet at the intersection of Cave Creek Rd & Barlett Dam Rd and go to Horseshoe Dam followed by a crossing of the Verde River and a 8 mile drive to Sheeps Bridge. Horseshoe Reservoir is very low right now so there should not be much water running past the dam. This is a good time to avoid a deep water crossing and take the short-cut to Sheeps Bridge. We will take the same route back to Cave Creek Rd. In the event we cannot cross the Verde River we will go to Camp Creek Wash and run some trails to Wildcat. Except for the river crossing, expect an easy 45 mile ride through Tonto NF on trails and dirt roads to the Horseshoe Dam and Sheeps Bridge. History of Sheeps Bridge: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/tonto/recarea/?recid=35219 History of Horseshoe Dam: https://www.usbr.gov/lc/phoenix/projects/images/horseshoedam_mods.pdf Where to meet: The SW corner of Cave Creek Rd and Bartlett Dam Rd. GPS Coordinates[masked], [masked] Time: Driver meeting at 1:55 - leave immediate after Any high clearance vehicle with good off-road tires should be capable of doing this trip. As always: - Bring 3x more water than you think you need - Full tank of fuel - CB radio Channel 16 - GMRS radio frequency[masked] (Midland Channel 19)
OFF-ROADING TRAIL RIDE IN ORACLE, AZ Join us Fri 11/13/20 - Sun 11/15/20 in Oracle, AZ for adventure, trail riding, and camaraderie while we experience some Funtreks trails and visit Mount Lemon. WHAT YOU NEED AND WHAT TO EXPECT You will need a high clearance 4x4 with aggressive off-road tires, a CB or GMRS radio, water and food for the trail. Please read the ride descriptions on the Funtreks site. I have not planned stops for lunch except for Mount Lemon on Sunday. WEATHER I will cancel the trip if there is substantial rain in the forecast, VERY VERY IMPORTANT: DO NOT SIGN-UP FOR THIS EVENT UNLESS YOU ARE 100% COMMITTED TO GOING. PLEASE BE CONSIDERATE AND UNDERSTAND THAT PEOPLE NEED TO PLAN AHEAD FOR THIS TYPE OF TRIP. LAST MINUTE CANCELLATION WILL BE NOTICED! I RESERVE THE RIGHT TO REMOVE MEMBERS FROM THE LIST THAT HAVE BEEN CHRONICALLY CANCELLING. EVENT PLAN & SCHEDULE Date: Friday Nov 13 - Sunday Nov 15 Base Location: El Rancho Robles Guest Ranch 1170 N Rancho Robles Rd Oracle, AZ[masked]http://elranchorobles.com/ Rooms in Bunk House (private hotel rooms) are $99/night Guest Houses (Individual out buildings) are $145/night 3 Bedroom Guest house with kitchen is $165/night RV Spots - $35/night (see below for information on reserving a room) The Ranch Includes a picnic area with campfire and tables & chairs and an indoor gathering room with fireplace if the weather is cold. El Rancho Robles Ranch does not have food service. Restaurants within 1 mile include DeMarco’s Pizzeria, Oracle Patio Cafe (closes at 6pm), and Orehouse Hilltop. You can dine out or we can do a group take-out order and have dinner at El Rancho Robles Ranch either at the campfire picnic area or indoors in the gathering room. Ride Plan Day 1 (Friday) 11am - 4pm Tortolita Pass - Fun trail that winds across the Tortolita Mountains with petroglyph area to explore. We will meet at Exit 236 on I-10 just north of Tucson and travel east on Tortolita Pass on the way toward Oracle. https://funtreks.com/off-road-trails/tortolita-pass/ Day 2 (Saturday) 9am - 1pm Tucson Wash - A fun loop that passes under two railroad trestles, explore an old dam, climbs to high desert overlook and exits through a challenging rock canyon. https://funtreks.com/off-road-trails/tucson-wash/ 1:30pm - 4pm Smelter Wash - trail through the canyons of Smelter Wash and the San Pedro River bed. https://funtreks.com/off-road-trails/smelter-wash/ Day 3 (Sunday) 8:30am - 11am Backway to Mount Lemon - the lesser-used backway to Mount Lemon and the town of Summerhaven at 7,500+ elevation. https://funtreks.com/off-road-trails/backway-mount-lemmon/ 11am - 12pm Lunch break at Mount Lemon (Summerhaven) Option on the way back to Phoenix (if it is open in November) Biosphere 2 tour (the Biosphere is currently closed due to Covid) https://biosphere2.org/ I will email ride packets with itinerary, meet locations, and GPS tracks a week prior to the ride. RESERVING A ROOM AT EL RANCHO ROBLES GUEST RANCH Reservation details: - Cancellation Policy is 3 days prior to your first night of stay. - A block of rooms is being held for us until October 22, 2020. - To reserve a room speak to Laura and mention that you are with Cave Creek Off-Roaders. - They have two RV spots with no-hooks - Call Laura to reserve To make a reservation call Laura between October 5 and October 22 at (520)[masked]. DISCLAIMER Driving off-road can be dangerous and you are accepting full responsibility for you, your passengers, and your vehicle if you decide to join this ride even if you accept help and/or guidance from other Meetup members while on the trail. It is up to you to evaluate your driving ability and to understand the level of driving proficiency needed for each trail you choose to negotiate.
Looking for something to do with your Thanksgiving guests while they are visiting - Bud Runion has you covered! Bring as many guest as can fit in your vehicle. Guests are not permitted to drive their own vehicle Meetup-up member Bud Runion is going to lead this adventure and show us how the Native Americans lived and survived north of Phoenix centuries ago. Bud will lead us to the exact area where the photo above was taken. This will be an easy ride touring the Aqua Fria National Monument area including the Perry Mesa Indian ruins and petroglyphs. You have driven past the Agua Fria National Monument many times as your have traveled north on I-17. The Monument is located on the east side just north of Sunset Point and contains 71,100 acres (111 square miles) and more than 450 archaeological sites. This ride will be rescheduled if conditions are muddy. This is a very easy ride but walking and exploring the sites is difficult due to rocky uneven ground. Be prepared with good hiking shoes. More info: http://www.arizonaruins.com/afnm/main_afnm.html This area is rich in Native American history. We will view many home site foundations and see hundreds of petroglyphs. You will be able to drive this route in 2WD - this is not a 4WD adventure. Rather, this is a cultural experience that will include short hikes to see the most incredible display of petroglyhs that I have ever seen. You will want to bring your out-of-town visitors back here to give them a taste of Arizona history. MEET LOCATION East side of I-17 at Exit 259 (Blood Basin Rd)[masked], [masked] Meet at the dirt lot just east of the exit. Google map this location as it is further from Phoenix than you may think. TIME - 8:55am driver meeting, ride starts after the meeting. WHAT TO BRING: - full tank of fuel - CB Radio if you have one (channel 16) GMRS Frequency[masked] - Camera!! - sturdy hiking shoes/boots A couple of important things to know: 1. 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. 2. Start with a full tank of gas. 3. Please be respectful of your fellow members and be on time. 4. BUMP-n-RUN defined: It will probably be dusty so we will keep distance between vehicles. In the event you come to an intersection or potential turn, stop and be sure the vehicle behind you sees the direction you travel from that point (aka BUMP). You then proceed in the direction the vehicle in front of you traveled (aka RUN). If vehicles behind will do the same then we can enjoy minimal dust and not have anyone get lost. 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.