MOUNTAIN LAKES, THE COLORADO RIVER & GETTING STUCK IN THE SAND – PICACHO, CA

We haven’t had a weekend full of RZRing in a long time! So, that’s exactly what we did this past 2 days. Our friends Doug and Sue came out to Yuma to explore and they brought their RZR along for the ride. 😉

Saturday we didn’t have much of a plan other than to show them the Imperial Sand Dunes and maybe ride up to the Cargo Muchacho Mountains near by. They also wanted to see the infamous “Trump Wall” – which is more of a fence, in case you were wondering.

We rode over to the Duners Diner and then over to some of the smaller dunes. We showed them ‘Competition Hill” and Blake took Doug for a ride out on the dunes. He LOVED it! 70 years old and he’s having a ball out in the dunes. It was awesome to see!!

Once they had enough sand for the day, we decided to go over to the mountains nearby. We had never been either so we stopped some fellow riders and asked about the area. I snapped a picture of his map and we set off. He had told us of many, many mines in the area – some you could even walk inside still. We decided to follow the trail on his map that would take us to some lakes in the mountains – my favorite!! 🙂 The trail was easy and the scenery was lovely!

On Sunday we went RZRing again. We started the morning off at the Duners Diner for breakfast but not before Doug got himself stuck in the sand. After breakfast we headed back over towards the Cargo Muchacho Mountains. We were taking a ride on a trail that lead to the Colorado River. At the time we didn’t realize that in order to get to the river we had to cross into a California State Park. You’re technically not supposed to ride your off-road vehicle in the park BUT ours is considered a registered vehicle in the state of Arizona… so we took our chances. We didn’t get a citation but we did get yelled at. What’s the motto? Don’t ask for permission first – ask for forgiveness after! 😉

And this ride was SO worth it! The ride through the lava fields were so neat. We saw so many cactuses. The views were fantastic in every direction. When we eventually made it to the Colorado River… it was such an incredible view. The water was so clear and blue against the red rocks.

We saw some “wild” mules left behind by the miners and lots of cactuses! We saw tons of wildflowers in full bloom. It really was quite beautiful in the middle of the desert – all these blooming, colorful flowers.

We drove about 70 miles on Saturday and 112 miles on Sunday. This past weekend was definitely my favorite ride since we’ve been in the Yuma/Winterhaven Area. I wish I shot more photos of our trip but then again… I’d rather see it in color than behind a camera lens the whole day.

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