A popular mountain drive for SUVs, with great views above 6,000 ft. You can continue down east side to Hwy. 188 and/or follow F.S. 422 north. Two hiking trails along F.S. 143 on west side head south into Four Peaks Wilderness. Entire road is open to non-street-legal vehicles. See map for several fun ATV side roads north of Wpt. 02. Staging area at start of trail accesses massive Rolls OHV Area to the south.
Tonto National Forest has removed the temporary closure due to the fires for this trail. Road conditions may have changed, don’t go alone.
Submitted by Matthew
We ran FR143(El Oso road) to hike some trails near Four Peaks. We took the northern side from Hwy 188 to FR648 and it is a very easy road but does have one hairpin turn to do. Exercise care on this section of the road to Four Peaks for oncoming traffic on blind curves. If you are just going to Four Peaks, this is a recommended route. The rest of the road from Four Peaks to Hwy 87 (Beeline) is much rougher and has several creek crossings. It is all doable with a pickup or SUV, but just be aware that this portion of FR143 to Hwy 87 is the longer section. We had a few people on this trip check this portion of the road off of their bucket list. If you want to go up and hike Four Peaks, I recommend taking the section from Hwy 188. And one more thing, if you do come via Hwy 188, make sure to stop at the Tonto Basin Marketplace. It’s a very interesting store.
Submitted by Charles Wells
The main road F.S. 143 hasn’t changed much, but the side trip to Waypoint 03 on F.S. 422 gets rockier after you go past F.S. 422A. We now rate this part moderate.
Submitted by Richard
Fun ride, great scenery. No issues and can be run with stock vehicles. It has a fair amount of motorbike/UTV/ATV traffic so drive accordingly.
2004 Land Rover with 2” lift and 265/75 16 General Grabber X3 tires. We did this drive on September 1st....See More