West Silverbells

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Level: Intermediate (3B)
Special Note: The West Silverbells are mostly jeep-road with very little, if any singletrack.

  1. West Silverbells Map
  2. The Watermans Trailhead West Silverbells Trailhead
West Silverbells

Group shot at the Guzzler.

West Silverbells

Make sure to take plenty of water. The alternative ain't that pleasant.

West Silverbells

View northeast from the West Silver Bell Mountains to Malpais Hill (dark mass on right horizon) and the sharp Picacho Peak. Ironwood trees are rare in the West Silver Bells.

Like the Watermans, The West Silverbells are situated in the Ironwood National Monument, and a ride through them tells you why this land was set aside. It’s Sonoran Desert scenery at its best, and if you aren’t moved by the views you should really clean the layer of dust off your sunglasses. The ride is not technically challenging, and it’s 100% Jeep road, but has a surprising effect on the legs by the time you are finished. It’s hillier than it looks. If you go and it’s warm, bring plenty of water. This is a hot ride in more ways than one, best enjoyed when temperatures are 80 or lower.

There is plenty of cow trail “singletrack” but be warned, riding it may NOT be legal in the monument. That being said, there are plenty of side roads to explore and enjoy the scenery!

Directions: Take Avra Valley Road west from I-10, and set your trip odometer to zero. You will pass the Marana Regional Airport (which has a nice coffee shop) and a last-chance market at Anway Road (which has great home-made chocolate chip cookies). At mile 19.9 turn left on the road to Red Rock, and If you miss it and go straight you will end up at the Silverbell Mine. This is a dirt road that has some nasty wash crossings, and they can be problematic for low clearance vehicles at times. The trailhead is at the cemetery.

Google Map – West Silverbells

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