2023 El Camino del Diablo Adventure Recap
January 23-27, 2023
On this adventure, we explored the extreme southwest section of Arizona, near the Mexican border, running the El Camino del Diablo (“the devil’s highway”) trail, and various areas in the Sonoran Desert. We visited abandon mine sites, old ranches, oases of water in the desert, and saw incredible plant and animal life. We camped out under the stars and had some epic, gourmet-style camp meals! As repeat participant Del Albright happened to join us on this trip, campfire music was in strong supply, and there may possibly have been a few shenanigans along the way!
Next are some images from the adventure from participant Wayne Bennett. More photos from the adventure follow.
We started our El Camino Del Diablo (Highway of the Devil) Adventure in the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument this year. Not only did it have organ pipe cacti but some of the most impressive stands of Saguaro Cacti I’ve seen. And this leg included a bonus trip to the border wall.
4Xploring lead us down El Camino Del Diablo (The Road of the Devil) with a long and colorful history. It was first used by prehistoric native Americans. Spanish explorers lead by Melchior Diaz used the route in 1540. Thousands used the route during the 1849 gold rush. Hundreds of travelers lost their lives to thirst and exposure on this parched and desolate route and many of them are still buried along the route.