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Table Mesa Arizona Jeep Trails

Arizona Boulder Bashing

Jay KopycinskiPhotographer, Writer

On a sunny fall Saturday, a group of Jeepers dove into a trio of trails to satiate their appetite for big rocks and tight squeezes. The Table Mesa trails lie just north of Phoenix metro near the foothills of the Bradshaw Mountains. This area started to be known as a rockcrawling destination in the late 1990s, and it remains popular to this day.

Like many rockcrawling places in the Sonoran Desert, trails consist largely of sandy washes with boulders and waterfall ledges. Some years back, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) created a public use plan for this area, dividing portions up for use by off-roaders, mountain bikers, hikers, and target shooters. Now, there are a handful of legal trails in the area designated by BLM as Technical Vehicle trails. It was here where the group had come to play.

That morning more than a dozen rigs dropped into Collateral Damage, ran down and up Anaconda, and then followed Lower Terminator upstream. The last trail may be about the easiest rock trail in the area, except a fair number of optional obstacles can make it very interesting for even the best built Jeeps. A bunch of skillful drivers with a variety of well-prepared rigs helped make it a great day on the rocks, with only minor vehicle damage and surprisingly no significant mechanical failures.