Desert Vista OHV Area
Located in the Cave Creek District about one hour from Phoenix, this 33,500 acre area has more than 100 miles of open routes that vary in width. The primary access point is the Wildcat staging area located on Bartlett Dam Road approximately 1 mile east of Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek AZ. All routes are two-way travel ranging in technical challenge from easy to very difficult with the majority of routes falling in the moderate to more difficult category. A highlight of this area is Camp Creek Wash (FR413) which provides access to the Verde River and the Needle Rock Recreation area. Please remember to stay on the routes. Driving off-road is prohibited on the Tonto National Forest.
At a Glance
|Operational Hours:||Year Round|
|Restrictions:||14 Day Stay Limit, PACK IT IN-PACK IT OUT, no trash services.|
Cave Creek & Care Free
|Passes:||No Passes Required / Fee Free Area|
|Operated By:||Cave Creek Ranger District|
|Information Center:||Cave Creek (480) 595 3300|
General InformationGeneral Notes:
There no services provided in the Desert Vista OHV area with the exception of Wildcat staging area, which has portable restrooms generally from September 15 through May 1. Please remember to Pack-it-in Pack-it-out.
Driving Time Round Trip: 1 - 4 hours, depending on the routes you choose
OHV Etiquette: Please remember that you share these routes with other users and that OHV courtesy and safety is your responsibility.
Leave No Trace: Recognize your role in preserving wild lands by practicing these Leave No Trace principles:
Plan ahead and prepare.
Travel and camp on durable surfaces.
Dispose of waste properly.
Leave what you find.
Minimize campfire impacts.
Be considerate of other visitors.
Exit 101 freeway at North Pima Road. Continue north on Pima Road to North Cave Creek Road. East on Cave Creek Road to Bartlett Dam Road. East on Bartlett Dam Road, approximately one mile to the turn-off for the staging area on your right
OHV Trail Riding
Alerts & Warnings
- Rattlesnake Cove Recreation Fishing Dock Closure 03-12-01-22-26
- Amended - Apache Lake Closure - Lower Burnt Corral Campground remains closed
- Bald Eagle Seasonal Closures
- Occupancy and Use Restrictions
- Update on State Route 88 (Apache Trail) - August 18, 2021
- Redmond Fire Road Closure