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On the Trail With Discount Tire | Rare Snow Ride Near Phoenix, AZ

We had one of the strangest winters this year in Phoenix, AZ. It was unusually wet and cold. We didn't get monster rain storms as in past years but we had a lot of rain on a regular basis. We're not complaining by any means - just letting you know this year has been very different. There had been a couple of slight snow dustings as well on the outskirts of town this winter, but a few weeks ago there were record snowfalls in the mountains that came down to the outskirts of Phoenix. Flagstaff, AZ which is about 2 hours away from Phoenix had a record 38 inches of snow from one storm in a 48 hour period of time.

Since the snowfall was so close to town it was time to load up my new to me, 2018 Polaris RZR XP4 1000 and see how the stock Maxxis Bighorn tires do in the snow. I called a friend of mine, Troy, who showed up with a 2018 Can-AM XR Turbo.



After unloading we had to go take a look at the first water crossing that leads to a 70-foot waterfall. There are 16 water crossings in total to get to the falls and usually, when the water is flowing like this you can't make it across the creek as it is too deep and flowing too fast to cross safely.





Troy could have probably bombed across but there are some crossings much wider and deeper so we opted to go play in the snow.

Within a couple of miles of unloading, I hit one of my favorite trails that goes to the top of one of the smaller mountains and snakes along it like riding on a dragons back. Before we reached the top there was snow. For us flatlanders this was exciting!



I've been on this trail numerous times, it's steep rocky and rutted. One could say it's a normal desert trail except for a little snow added to the mix. So far the Maxxis Bighorn tires were doing great in this rough terrain.

Our intentions were to head up the main road toward the old gold mining town of Crown King and turn off on a trail up and over the taller mountains to a Jeep trail called Desoto Mine. After our turn off at the base of the first switchback, the snow was much deeper. There was a neat smaller waterfall with deep snow on the side of it that we just had to stop to take a photo of before continuning our way up the mountain.



The trail was getting interesting now as there was only one track from someone before. I guess I should have had Troy lead with his 32-inch Bighorn tires, although his Can-Am is 72-inches wide and mine is only 66-inches wide so I couldn't fit in his tracks anyway.


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At one point I was struggling a bit and stopped to not tax the belt. When I got out the snow went up to my knees - pretty cool, again for us flat landers!



We made it up to an overlook and stopped to take a peek before continuing up to the top. It was incredible to see all the snow on the vast desert mountains.





As we were nearing the top of the mountain someone put a wire gate across the road with a no trespassing sign. I know there is a house on the north side off this road but this is a BLM road. Oh well, we turned around. Maybe this was a good thing as the snow on the north side of the mountain is usually much heavier and it could have ended badly. As we were winding our way back Troy was having fun kicking up the snow as we headed back down the mountain.



As we were headed back to the staging area I decided to take a short detour to show off the waterfall that I was certain would be flowing with all the snow and rain in the lower elevations. The nice thing about living in Phoenix is you can drive up into the snow and within a short distance be back in the desert.

It's always amazing to see big waterfalls in the desert. This one had some awesome colorful rocks as well.



To give you an idea as to the height which I estimate to be about 50 feet tall, here's a photo with my wife and me for perspective.



There are some ancient Indian Pictographs’ on some rocks near the falls too which is always cool to see!



With this last stop, it's time to get back to the staging area so we can get home and clean the mud off the rigs. It was a fun first ride in our RZR and both side by sides with Maxxis Bighorn tires did great in the snow and rocky desert trails.

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Since this is a "new to me" side by side, just like many others I'm weighing my options for replacement tires and wheels to test. Stay tuned to see how the new tires and wheels hold up to the rugged, rocky trails in AZ and UT!

Remember, be safe, pack out what you pack in and buy all of your tires and wheels for all of your vehicles from Discount Tire or Discount Tire Direct!!!

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Super nice, Don! We were in Bull Head City the week after the snow, and couldn't believe how green the desert was! This ole Iowa boy was quite impressed! Didn't get a chance to rent SXS, but next time, we will for sure. Thanks for sharing, buddy!
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Super nice, Don! We were in Bull Head City the week after the snow, and couldn't believe how green the desert was! This ole Iowa boy was quite impressed! Didn't get a chance to rent SXS, but next time, we will for sure. Thanks for sharing, buddy!
Thanks for the kinds words, Bryan! Believe it or not, there's still a lot of greenery as we've had more rain since this ride. Glad you enjoyed it!

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cold winter down there this year , left Parker at end of Feb. back to home in Reno area

snow is fun to play in as long as there is 2 or more [nothing worse than to burry yourself with no help lol , all my years of living in north Idaho and many hunting miles in deep snow the Big Horns were hard tires to beat for that purpose ! they stay "on top" very well , Im sure you found out what breaking through means on the ride as you got to colder ride area's ... I've been is snow way deeper than what you were in and as long as there was a crust to ride on depth wasn't too much an issue LOL but breaking through that then you usually had to go much faster to keep momentum up which again you found out is an allay

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cold winter down there this year , left Parker at end of Feb. back to home in Reno area

snow is fun to play in as long as there is 2 or more [nothing worse than to burry yourself with no help lol , all my years of living in north Idaho and many hunting miles in deep snow the Big Horns were hard tires to beat for that purpose ! they stay "on top" very well , Im sure you found out what breaking through means on the ride as you got to colder ride area's ... I've been is snow way deeper than what you were in and as long as there was a crust to ride on depth wasn't too much an issue LOL but breaking through that then you usually had to go much faster to keep momentum up which again you found out is an allay

great ride pics thanks
Thank you for your comments. Fortunately, the snow wasn't too deep and we didn't have to dig out.

I have had to dig out of the sand before which is about the same when alone. The first ride I took my wife on in our Widlcat X we went on a tough clime over some mountains in the desert in AZ and ended up in a wash on the other side and buried the Cat up to the skid plate in sand. We were about a 6 or 7 mile walk back to our camp. She said "what are we going to do?" I said we're going to figure out how to get unstuck. I had a folding shovel and dug for about 45 minutes then got some tree branches and put under the tires to help with traction, then put her in the drivers seat and said "if it gets moving don't stop". Of course as soon as it started to move she let off. It wasn't her fault as her foot slipped off the throttle. On the second try we made it out thank goodness. A winch would have been nice but we made it.







I always try to be prepared and a ready to walk out if necessary but I try not to. I even have a backpack and extra water just in case. The desert can be unforgiving.
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Love the pics thanks for sharing.

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Very enjoyable journey you just took us on!! Thanks!!!
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