New Water Mountains

Total Miles


804.03 ft


5 Hours

Technical Rating



Best Time

Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

An enjoyable Jeep trail that circles the non-wilderness portion of the New Water Mountains. This road serves as access to a lot of trails in the area, including many not shown on this website. Quite scenic with views of the mountains all the way around. A strange-looking rock formation up in the hills. There is an abandoned stone mining structure at the Apache Chief Mine. The most interesting part of the trail is the "Hogsback". A fairly long portion of the trail drops off on both sides. Drive carefully.

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New Water Mountains
New Water Mountains
New Water Mountains


Uneven, rutted dirt trail with loose rocks, sand, erosion, and washes. Potential water crossings up to 18" deep, mud holes, and obstacles up to 2 feet, including ledges and short, steep grades.

Technical Rating


Status Reports

John H
Feb 08, 2024
Highly recommended. Did in my JLUR. Steep hills, boulders, ledges. nothing crazy but some fun. Amazing views.
Doug Warden
Jan 15, 2024
Most of the trail is rocky. 5 to 10 mph at best. A couple of steep climbs with boulders to navigate. Once on top great views in all directions. We started on the south side and came out close to I 10 to the north. Several old and existing mines and old buildings. The full loop start to finish took just over 4 hours (23 miles). Very fun ride!

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