I17 to BLOODY BASIN EXIT
(between Sunset Point & Cordes Junction) SW past "old" Cordes and Cleator and on "up the hill" - about 1 to 1-1/4 hour(s) on winding, 1-1/2 lane, dirt road. 4WD & high clearance NOT necessary!
I17 to BUMBLE BEE EXIT
(just North of Black canyon City) NW past Bumblebee and Cleator and on "up the hill" - about 1 to 1-1/2 hour(s) on winding, 1-1/2 lane, dirt road. 4WD & high clearance NOT necessary!
"BACK ROADS" from Lake Pleasant / Prescott / Mayer
(find them on your AZ Highways map)|
about 3 to 4 hours of winding, NARROW, bumpy, dirt roads with scenic driving.
4WD & high clearance ARE recommended!
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The road from Cleator climbs from 4000 altitude up to the town site of Crown King at just under 6000 ft. Along the way, at Vista Point, the I17 Freeway & Mogollon Rim can be seen to the East.|
We're up in COOL pine + oak forest country. That's the main reason to bring along extra clothing for warmth. The air is thinner and (as in true desert areas) when the sun goes down, it cools off p-r-e-t-t-y fast!
Lane Mountain and Towers Mountain (just up the road) peak at 7203 ft. and 7628 ft., respectively.
Observation Point (on the right side of the road to HorseThief Lake) presents a view of Lake Pleasant and the night lights of Phoenix.
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