Boulders OHV Area
Spend a couple hours or a couple of days out at Boulders OHV Area and you’re guaranteed to have a good time. With a wide variety of trail ratings and miles upon miles of trails to ride on, this is a great place to bring the whole family to have fun at. Located in the low desert west of Lake Pleasant, Boulders OHV Area is a nice maintained place to legally play on your OHV.
Permits: A few things to know before going is that most of the land is BLM or State Trust Land. You’ll need a licensed vehicle or a vehicle with an OHV decal on it. If you need to get a state trust permit, check this website.
Subject to closures on High Pollution Days: Because this trail is within the bounds of Maricopa County, it is subject to closure on days when a High Pollution Advisory for PM10 has been issued. Click here to check on current pollution advisories.
Where to go:
From the Loop 101 & I-17 interchange in north Phoenix, head north on I-17. After 8 miles, take exit 223B for Arizona 74 (Carefree Highway). Follow this for an additional 18 miles. Boulders OHV Area is between mile markers 11 and 12 just past Quintero Golf & Country Club. Access road to the main staging area is via a 1.1 mile road. Total distance is 29 miles.
Because this area covers so much land and so many miles of trails, it is best to look at the Boulders OHV Area in two sections, north and south. Refer to a map from the BLM of this area. The south half of Boulders OHV Area includes Route A, B, C, D, and LP 5, 6, and 8. These trails are mostly easy trails with easy hills and turns. All together they make about a four mile loop around the staging area. The north half of Boulders OHV Area includes LP 9, 10, and 11 and the northern part of LP 5. The north half features steeper hills and turns as well as several very rocky wash sections. This can be looped together to make a 13 mile loop.
The south loop is more suited for beginners and will take about an hour or more to complete depending on where you go. The northern loop is more suited for experienced riders who want a challenge. This can take four or more hours depending on where you go.
This area really is a great place to have some fun because it has such a variety of trails and it is well maintained. Special thanks to Charles Wells, RiderPlanet-USA.com, the Arizona Game & Fish Department, and the Bureau of Land Management for information and maps on this trail.
Notes & Trail Ratings:
Travel within Boulders OHV Area, like every other trail, is limited to existing numbered roads. Carry a map, some water, and use common sense and this area will provide you some pristine trails close to the valley. Obey all posted rules!