Off-Road in Arizona
WESTERN TRAIL in ARIZONA
1. to camp on an Indian Reservation?
This 4th edition of Driving the Great Western Trail in Arizona contains all the trails from Mexico to Utah
Have you ever wanted:
2. to show your children where the deer and the antelope really play?
3. to drive the same trails the pioneers traveled in covered wagons 150 years ago, such as the Mormon Honeymoon Trail or the Moqui Stagecoach Trail?
4. to camp in an unspoiled forest or star-lit desert accompanied by the sounds of chirping crickets?
If so, then pack a tent, stock your Jeep, buy this book, and say goodbye to the hustle and bustle of civilization for a week.
Once upon a time in the West
In 1776, while states on America's east coast were declaring independence from England, two Spanish priests, Dominguez and Escalante, were camping with Paiute Indians at the base of the Kaibab Plateau in northern Arizona. The trail the Indians showed them, the Jacob Hamblin/Mormon Honeymoon Trail, still exists, as do the Beale Wagon Road and the Moqui Stage Station. Today's adventurers can travel these trails and visit these sites on All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs), bicycles, horseback, snowmobiles, or as we do in a modified Jeep towing an off-road trailer.
These trails welcome those yearning to follow in their ancestors' wagon ruts, and except for the fires, floods, and landslides that have occurred over the past centuries, they remain as they were when pioneers, cattle ranchers, and Mormon Honeymooners first ventured into Arizona: teeming with wildlife, exotic plants, and breathtaking rock formations that expose the history of the earth.
Driving the Great Western Trail in Arizona will help you drive the trail from Phoenix to the Utah border on some of the same roads your ancestors traveled 200 years ago. The Trail is long and lonely, and days without Facebook and Twitter can lead to erratic or even violent behavior, yet if you are willing to leave civilization behind, driving through Arizona's spectacular backcountry is an experience you will not forget.
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REVIEWS OF DRIVING THE GREAT WESTERN TRAIL IN ARIZONA
On Expedition Portal
4.0 out of 5 stars, May 2, 2013
(Phoenix, AZ, USA)
This review is from: Driving the Great Western Trail in Arizona: An Off-road Travel Guide to the Great Western Trail in Arizona (Paperback)
Drove Bulldog Canyon last weekend & it was accurately described. We were solo so our stock Cherokee did not attempt the difficult area. Looking forward to doing most of the remaining sections.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book if you want to take to the GWT, April 26, 2013
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Good explanations of each sections of the GWT in Arizona. Gives you a good feeling for the difficulty and what you will see.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Information on the First Two Trails, December 23, 2013
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This review is from: Driving the Great Western Trail in Arizona, Trails 1 & 2 (Kindle Edition. Author's note: all trails are now combined into one edition.)
Driving the Great Western
Trail in Arizona, Trails 1 & 2 by Raymond C. Andrews
and Jennifer L. Andrews discusses the Great Western
Trail and two of the trails that form this trail. The
two trails are Bulldog Canyon and Butcher Jones. Arizona
is an amazing state with beautiful scenery. From desert
vistas to beautiful mountain tops in the forest, Arizona
has a lot to offer for those willing to travel off the
beaten path. Chapter Two: Safety & Rules of the Road
is an especially important and valuable chapter as you
can end up stuck in the middle of nowhere with no cell
phone service. Take the information in this chapter to
heart as it can prevent a lot of pain if you tackle the
trails in a reckless manner.
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Gallery of Pictures of the Great Western Trail