Southeastern Riverside County, with a small segment in Imperial County.
This east-west trail begins about 12 miles east of the community of
North Shore near the Salton Sea State Recreation Area. Its eastern end
is about 14 miles southwest of Blythe near the Colorado River.
Trail length: 70-mile graded road.
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
The Bradshaw Trail is now a 70-mile dirt road
periodically graded by the Riverside County Transportation Department.
Four-wheel-drive vehicles are recommended due to stretches of soft sand.
The trail traverses mostly public landand offers spectacular views of
the Chuckwalla Bench and the Orocopia, Chuckwalla and Mule Mountains.
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. Starting at the
Bradshaw Trail's end near Ripley is not recommended due to its
rerouting through and around agricultural fields on private land.
Permits, Fees, Limitations
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
See "Camping and Lodging."
Camping and Lodging
Well Campground, a BLM 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.
Coon Hollow Campground, also a BLM facility, is located about three
miles south of the Bradshaw Trail on Wiley's Well Road. A fee is
required for overnight use. Facilities at this campground are the same
as those at Wiley's Well.
Campgrounds can also be found at Lake
Cahuilla (City of La Quinta), Joshua Tree National Park and Corn
Springs (near Desert Center).
The cities of Indio and Blythe offer complete accommodations.
Food and Supplies
Food, supplies, and gasoline are available at Indio, Chiriaco Summit, Desert Center and Blythe.
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
Chocolate Mountain 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. Summers can be
extremely hot. Carry plenty of water and extra food. IF you are
stranded, stay with your vehicle. Always tell someone your plans, and
stick to your itinerary. Travel by four-wheel-drive vehicle is