China Dam, Fort Tule

1 Review
Location Crown King, AZ
Rating Moderate,
Length 8.2mi
Time 4hrs

Vehicle Types


Cross remote desert to great cabin ruins and stone dam.

This is a fun desert drive to two large unique historic structures: an old dam along Humbug Creek, and an interesting miner’s residence at Tule Creek Riparian Area. A great area for ATVs, UTVs and dirt bikes, with many rough and remote side roads to explore. The Bradshaw Foothills Staging Area is north of Lake Pleasant Regional Park and thus no fee is required to camp or ride from this point north. Pack out your trash.


Trail Ratings Defined

Rocky and steep in several places, but otherwise suitable for aggressive stock high-clearance SUVs with 4-wheel drive. Off-road driving experience recommended.






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Best Time To Go

Feb-May, Sept-Nov

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(623) 580-5500Bureau of Land Management, Hassayampa Field Office

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Rod Sutter says

Just did this trip with my son and his family, 3-10-2018, trail real rocky in some areas. The section to Old China Dam is not bad except for the last 100 ft or so. It's not for wide vehicles, only had to go into 4WD 1 time going in and 1 time going out. The trail to Fort Tule is a little rougher, had to do 4WD 4-5 times going in, and left it in 4WD heading out, but it is a fun drive. Great old building, think what it was like living here back then.
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