Bradshaw Trail

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Bradshaw Trail

California

(760) 833-7100

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Overview

The Bradshaw Trail is a 65-mile graded road that traverses mostly public land between the Chuckwalla Mountains and the Chocolate Mountain Aerial Gunnery Range; it offers spectacular views of the Chuckwalla Bench, Orocopia Mountains, Chuckwalla Mountains and the Palo Verde Valley. It was the first road blazed through Riverside County, created by William Bradshaw in 1862, as an overland stage route beginning at San Bernardino and ending at La Paz, Arizona (now Ehrenberg, Arizona). The Trail was used extensively between 1862 and 1877 to haul miners and other passengers to the gold fields at La Paz. The trail is primarily for auto touring and OHV driving, although camping is a great activity as well. Coon Hollow Campground and Wiley's Well Campground are BLM facilities, which require a nightly fee. Campgrounds can also be found at Lake Cahuilla (City of La Quinta), Joshua Tree National Park and Corn Springs (near Desert Center). In addition, you can always camp out by primitive vehicular camping. This is allowed within 300 feet of the trail except in designated wilderness areas.

Map of Bradshaw Trail

Latitude, Longitude: 33.490094, -114.894223

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Activities

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    The Bradshaw Trail is now a 70-mile dirt road periodically graded by the Riverside County Transportation Department. Four-wheel-drive vehicles are recommended due to stretches of soft sand. The trail traverses mostly public landand offers spectacular views of the Chuckwalla Bench and the Orocopia, Chuckwalla and Mule Mountains.

  • Camping

    Wiley's Well Campground, a BLM facility, is located just north of the Bradshaw Trail at its intersection with Wiley's Well Road. The campground has individual campsites with picnic tables, shade ramadas and grills, but potable water is not supplied. Accessible restrooms are available in the campground. A fee is charged for overnight use.

    Coon Hollow Campground, also a BLM facility, is located about three miles south of the Bradshaw Trail on Wiley's Well Road. A fee is required for overnight use. Facilities at this campground are the same as those at Wiley's Well.

    Campgrounds can also be found at Lake Cahuilla (City of La Quinta), Joshua Tree National Park and Corn Springs (near Desert Center). Primitive vehicular camping is allowed within 300 feet of the trail except in designated wilderness areas.

  • Off Highway Vehicles

    The Bradshaw Trail is now a 70-mile dirt road periodically graded by the Riverside County Transportation Department. Four-wheel-drive vehicles are recommended due to stretches of soft sand. The trail traverses mostly public land and offers spectacular views of the Chuckwalla Bench and the Orocopia, Chuckwalla and Mule Mountains.

Seasonality/Weather

Summers can be extremely hot. Carry plenty of water and extra food.

Directions

Driving

From Indio, take State Highway 111 east about 23 miles to the Salton Sea State Recreation Area. Across from Park Headquarters is Parkview Drive. Turn left on Parkview Drive for about 1.7 miles, then left on Desert Aire for about 0.5 miles to the canal road. Follow the canal road for about 10 miles to Drop 24 and the beginning of the Bradshaw Trail.

From Blythe, take Interstate 10 west for about 17 miles to the Wiley's Well exit. Go south (left) on Wiley's Well Road for about 9 miles to its intersection with the Bradshaw Trail, just past Wiley's Well Campground. Turn right and proceed west towards Indio. Starting at the Bradshaw Trail's end near Ripley is not recommended due to its rerouting through and around agricultural fields on private land.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(760) 833-7100

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