Backway to Desert Bar

Head to this local watering hole on a fun backroad.

Total Miles


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3 Hours
Technical Rating
5 / 10
Best Time
Fall - Spring

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Trail Overview
Backway to Desert Bar
This is a fun, alternative route to Desert Bar instead of taking Cienega Springs Road. It is considerably difficult and off the beaten path. West of HS245 is legal for ATVs and UTVs to take side roads, but everything to the east is closed wilderness area. If you take this route, be sure to check out the Gray Eagle Mine Trail too.
The Nellie E. Saloon is built on an old mining claim by the same name. The saloon is the dream of a local resident known simply as “Ken.” He started the business in 1983 and has been expanding it ever since. The bar is open weekends and holidays only, Labor Day weekend through Memorial Day weekend, from noon till sunset. It’s closed in the hot summer. Learn more at
Getting There
Take Highway 95 south from Lake Havasu City or north from Parker to gas station and market on south side of road between mile markers 155 and 156. Head south along the right side of the fenced-in RV storage area west of the market. Continue 0.3 miles to kiosk at start of HS245. Cienega Springs Road is on the east side of Highway 95 between mile markers 149 and 150.
Contact for Current Conditions
BLM land, Lake Havasu Field Office
1785 Kiowa Ave, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403
(928) 505-1200