U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
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The Bradshaw Trail
Location: Southeastern Riverside County, with a small segment in Imperial County.
Trail length: 70-mile graded road.
Description and History: The first road across Riverside County to the Colorado River was blazed by William Bradshaw in 1862 as an overland stage route. Beginning in San Bernardino, the trail was used extensively between 1862 and 1877 to haul miners and other passengers to the gold fields at La Paz, Arizona (now Ehrenberg).
Directions: From Blythe, take Interstate 10 west for about 17 miles to the Wiley's Well exit. Go south (left) on Wiley's Well Road for about 9 miles to its intersection with the Bradshaw Trail, just past Wiley's Well Campground. Turn right and proceed west towards Indio.
Permits, Fees, Limitations: All commercial activities require a land use or special recreation permit from the BLM. Primitive vehicular camping is allowed within 300 feet of the trail, except in designated wilderness areas - several of those are nearby. Wilderness areas are closed to all motorized and mechanical vehicles, including bicycles. Fourteen-day camping limits apply on public lands.
Accessibility: See "Camping and Lodging."
Camping and Lodging: Wiley's Well Campground, a BLM Long-Term Visitor Area (LTVA) facility, is located just north of the Bradshaw Trail at its intersection with Wiley's Well Road. The campground has individual campsites with picnic tables, shade ramadas and grills, but potable water is not supplied. Handicapped-accessible restrooms are available in the campground. A fee is charged for overnight use.
Food and Supplies: Food, supplies, and gasoline are available at Indio, Chiriaco Summit and Blythe.
First Aid: There is no first aid available located along the Bradshaw Trail. John F. Kennedy Hospital is located in Indio, and Palo Verde Community Hospital is located in Blythe.
Know before you go: The Chocolate Mountains Aerial Gunnery Range borders a part of the Bradshaw Trail to the south. This is a live bombing range and posted as closed to public entry. DO NOT ENTER THE BOMBING RANGE.
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