Backway to Desert Bar

Total Miles


322.71 ft


3 Hours

Technical Rating



Best Time

Fall, Winter, Spring

Trail Overview

Although you can get to the Desert Bar on Cienega Springs Road, why would you want to when there is a really fun back way to get there? Its considerably difficult and off the beaten path. West of HS245 is leagal for ATVs and UTVs to take side roads, but to the east is closed wilderness. If you take this route, be sure to check out the Gray Eagle Mine Trial too.


Moderate: Steep and rocky in places with a few tippy spots. Fresh ruts and washouts possible. Aggressive stock SUVs with high ground clearance can do it with an experienced driver.


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

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Access Description

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.