In The Desert
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Dripping Spring, Yuma, Arizona
Interactive Map showing Woodcutters Pass and
It was very nice of Kit and James to supply the photos and GPS tracks here. It was obvious they had a lot of fun on their trip. You should try it, but make sure you get a pass from the Marine Base first. Be safe.
The Dripping Spring catchment was built by the Arizona Game & Fish in 1994 as a watering hole for Big Horn Sheep and Deer on the East side of the Gila Mountains. It is remote and not easy to find at the base of the mountains. They have two big tanks installed to catch run off. The catch basin is usually full. The GPS track below is for the entire trip to the spring and then through Woodcutters Pass.
Download the Garmin GPS Track HERE
Just above the catchment. At times you'll find water in the bedrock holes in the canyon like the photo to the left taken in 2005. Interesting canyon.
This is the only pass through the Gila Mountains below Interstate 8. The next pass through these mountains is the Cipriano Pass at the Gila Mountains southern end. This pass has a lot of history behind it. Before the Fortuna Mine had a smelter they used the pass to haul ore to the railhead in Wellton, Arizona. It was later used by people supplying wood to the Fortuna Mine for the smelter. Back in those days the pass may have been maintained and certainly was in better shape for travelers. Today it changes from year to year, and is mostly a real challenge to navigate -- making it popular with off-roaders. Several vehicles have been left along the side of the trail in the pass. Make sure you go with friends, and a winch and tow straps are handy. ALSO, please note that this whole area is on the Barry Goldwater Bombing Range, which requires a pass. The pass is free!
Track supplied by James Malone.
The photos here were supplied by Kit Percifield who took this trip to Dripping Spring
These two photos were taken by the web site owner in 2005.