The magnificent rocky spires and beauty of the Eagletail Mountains Wilderness Area
can be explored along the Ben Avery Trail. Just 70 miles from Phoenix, the Ben Avery Trail makes a perfect day trip. Originally an old jeep route, the trail winds south into a wash and then to the bluffs next to Indian Spring. The trail to Indian Springs and back to your vehicle is approximately 7 miles. For a longer trip, hikers can follow cairns along a faint path into a deep wash, heading northward. A climb up the hillside to the west reveals the dramatic scenery of the Eagletail Mountains, including two natural arches. The best seasons to hike the trail are fall, winter, and spring. There are no permanent sources of water along the trail so plan on packing at least one gallon of water per person, per day.
The Ben Avery Trail is in the Eagletail Mountains Wilderness Area approximately 70 miles west of Phoenix and approximately 45 miles east of Quartzsite in La Paz County, AZ.
From Phoenix, take Interstate 10 west to Exit 81 (Salome Road exit). Go south on Harqualala Valley Road nearly six miles to Courthouse Rock/Centennial Road. Turn west on Centennial Road, leading toward Courthouse Rock which is the butte to the west. Travel nearly seven miles, and then veer right onto the road that parallels a natural-gas pipeline. Drive four miles and then turn south where you will see the Eagletail Mountains Wilderness sign. You’ll want a high-clearance vehicle for this road, which is 1.5 miles to the trailhead.
Hiking and camping.
Since the Ben Avery Trail is in the Eagletails Mountains Wilderness Area, the use of motorized vehicles and mechanized equipment, including bicycles is prohibited. Please ensure your activities result in minimal impact on the land, wildlife, and other visitors.
Permits, Fees, Limitations
There is no fee for camping or hiking. The length of stay is limited to 14 days in any 28-day period. Arizona state law prohibits overnight camping within a quarter mile of Indian Springs.
A high-clearance vehicle is recommended to reach the trailhead. The site does not have wheelchair accessible features or facilities.
Camping and Lodging
Camping and lodging are available in Quartzsite or Phoenix, AZ.
Food and Supplies
The nearest gas and groceries are in Quartzite or west Phoenix, AZ.
The nearest hospital is Banner Estrella Medical Center in Phoenix. In the event of a medical or law enforcement emergency, call 911. For non-emergencies, call La Paz County Sheriff’s Office at 1-800-293-2281 or Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office at 602-876-1000 or 1-800-352-4553.
Seasonal rain storms may make roads impassable for several days at a time. Visitors are encouraged to bring adequate survival gear. There are no trash collection points at this location, please practice “Pack It In/ Pack It Out.”
Yuma Field Office
2555 East Gila Ridge Road
Yuma, AZ 85365-2240
Phone: (928) 317-3200
Fax: (928) 317-3250
Field Manager: John MacDonald
Hours: 7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., M-F