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Backway to Desert Bar

Nellie E. Saloon

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Location Parker, AZ
Rating Moderate,
Length 10.4mi
Time 3hrs

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Take the back way to this amazing bar in the middle of nowhere.

The Desert Bar, a.k.a. Nellie E. Saloon, is a very popular local hangout. Most people drive to it via easy Cienega Springs Road. Locals showed us a much more interesting backway to the bar. The route is remote and quite challenging. Unlicensed ATVs and UTVs can explore side roads west of HS245, but east is closed wilderness. Cienega Springs Road has numerous side roads to explore including the popular Gray Eagle Mine Trail.


Trail Ratings Defined

Steep and rocky in places with a few tippy spots. Fresh ruts and washouts possible. Aggressive stock SUVs with high ground clearance can do it with an experienced driver.






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Check to see when the bar is open.

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(928) 505-1200Bureau of Land Management, Lake Havasu Field Office

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Submitted by Chuck Wells

This trail is now very difficult. There is a steep rock wall at the very beginning. I checked all the little side shoots and found no bypass. In addition, there are several steep, narrow sections on the last part of the trail that are very rocky with side erosion. This being said, I drove the entire trail in my stock Wrangler Sport. It was slow going in spots, but with careful tire placement, I got through just fine. The portion between Waypoint 02 and 03 in the book is well marked with BLM posts showing it as part of a loop called the “Gray Eagle Mine Trail.” There are many side roads to explore along Cienega Springs Road. This area has become a UTV mecca. I saw several large groups of campers along the road. Not sure how I missed the large rooster on top of the gas station and market at the start of the trail. This obvious landmark makes it easy to find the trail.



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