There are three private inholdings within BLM west of Ajo, so please respect private property and any trails marked with "No Trespassing" signs. Sometimes these signs are vandalized, so best to stick to trails mapped here.
There is ok cell reception closer to town, and downslope closer to Rasmussen Road Extended (8112)
, at least as of May 2021. There are some cell phone deadspots on the upper bajada slopes west of town. Be cautious - there is no E.R. in Ajo and it is a long helicopter or ambulance ride to a hospital if you get hurt!
Start off riding west on Rasmussen Road Extended (8112)
to the D Road (8112 D Road) D Road (8112 D Road)
is one of those rare trails that is a blast to ride both up and down - highly recommended for an amazing start and end to this loop (although there are several alternatives).
From the top of D Road (8112 D Road)
, hang a right (west) onto the D to FMZ Connector
that is both fun and has a challenging deep wash crossing. The conditions of the wash crossing can vary greatly depending on recent rain and OHV use, so some caution is appropriate when approaching the descent.
Not enough can be said of how fun Floaty McZebratail
is relative to many of the area trails! There is a great mix of conditions, including a short section of sandy wash that is perhaps fastest on a fatbike or after recent rains have firmed-up the sand. Note: as with many trails in the area, there are several flat or off-camber turns that should be taken with caution so as not to slide into a saguaro or chain-fruit cholla cactus (or rocks)!
From Floaty McZebratail
, suffer up to the top of Danny's Climb
and enjoy the view (and much-deserved break) before heading across Solifuge Connector
is fairly rocky and gets more fun as you head north, including a short hill to roll over. After a very brief jog east on Rasmussen Road Extended (8112)
, head back upslope (south) to Into The Vortex (BLM 8112J)
and be prepared for a challenging climb / hike up the hill at the end. Similarly the downside of that hill is quite steep, rocky, and with a sharp turn at the bottom - best to walk it if you're not an experienced rider. You can also just truncate the hill altogether by Escaping The Vortex
at the first pinch point (see map).
Once you're almost back to Rasmussen Road Extended (8112)
, hang a right (east) onto the F Road Cutoff
and again upslope onto the F-Road - FMZ Connector
From here, you can continue back up Floaty McZebratail
, or hang a left onto F-Road East (8112F)
to Heloderma (8112H)
, and catch Floaty McZebratail
just before the sandy wash section (again, easiest to ride that section on fatter tires!). Another fun, short out-and-back for more miles is Heloderma (8112H)
to the terminus and back down to Floaty McZebratail
. From here, you can ride out on Coachwhip
, but we recommend D to FMZ Connector
and back out on D Road (8112 D Road)
for the high fun factor!
There are some old copper mines in the area. These can be deadly if you fall in them, so best not to approach any old mine pits.