Butcher Jones Recreation area

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    On saguaro lake, this recreation area starts out with an easily accessed main beach with a large parking lot and a large beach open to the public. Keep in mind, dogs are not allowed on the first beach.

    All of this area contains wild horses, especially in the summer time. I have included a map of the area with numbers for reference. I will detail each number, what you have there, how to get there and what you need, etc.



    1) Cliff jumping site somewhere on there, hard to see from satellite. This can be accessed by boat OR from the main marina. Main marina is not pictured. If you park at main marina and take parking lot east, at end of the lot next to a small pier (i guess its a pier) there is a walking trail. Take the trail east for a few minutes and you are there. Several cliffs to jump from from smaller ones for kids to ones so high I wont even jump on them. (Primary marina requires Tonto pass for parking)



    2)Primary butcher jones beach. Can be very crowded. Picnic benches, charcoal grills, bathrooms. East side of beach has a hiking trail
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    https://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/us/arizona/butcher-jones-trail


    3) Cove 1: You might be able to get here in a 2wd trucks. Cars can make it but there is sand. I encourage 4x4 only to go back here. In the northeast section of the butcher jones parking lot is a cattle guard one lane trail that leads into the desert. Then the red line starts. Moderate hills and lots of sand. You do come down a steep hill into the first wash and take it south all the way down to cove 1. Cove one is usually jeeps, rhinos, trucks and etc only and typically less crowded than the main beach that anyone can get to but it still does get pretty crowded.

    Cove one on a busy day: cove 1 busy day.jpg

    4)Spine between cove one and cove two. Hike up or drive but driving takes skill as you have steep cliffs all around you. At the end where I circled is a fun cliff to jump from.

    On the spine: cliff jump spine.jpg

    5) Cove 2: Similar to cove one but harder to get to, more hills to climb, 4x4 highly recommended. Cove 2 is less popular and has easy access to hike to #4. I almost never go to cove one, I use this cove or the further in coves to avoid people and trash (even though cove 2 has its share of people and trash)
    The same busy day view of cove one but looking at cove 2:

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    6)Cove 3: The cove I visit the most. Rarely anyone there, more 4x4 driving to reach. Less frequented, quieter spot with good swimming. In these photos, the beach is huge. The water changes based on flow and tides, sometimes the beach you see is under water and you park further inland, sometimes its like this.

    Cove 3:
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    7)I dont believe I have found this yet. Time to go back out. I have been all over the area but I must have driven right past it. Someone marked it on google maps so off I go sometime soon.
     
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    Thanks for the info. I usually avoid Saguaro because of the crowds and trash but maybe I just need to go further back in. How bad are the roads going to #6? Can it be easily done in my truck or is it something that will require some good 4 wheeling tires and suspension?
     
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    cove 3 more photos

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    Different Cove 3 trip:
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    One of my favorite photos ever, from 2010 in cove 2:

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    Do you have 4 wheel drive?
     
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    I enjoy birding at Butcher Jones - the trail gives nice view of the water. Go mainly during winter months, so rarely crowded.
     
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    I only recommend the linked hiking trail during cooler months. It doesn't have a lot of water access and can get brutally hot.
     
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    It does...but imo the suspension is nothing special. Just stock.

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    You would be fine, there are some parts that the angles can be tougher than with a lifted vehicle but I have taken my stock 2007 chevy silverado there before. It is bumpier, if you have a portable air compressor I recommend airing down tires to 15-20 psi just to make it a more comfortable ride and more grip on tires. I usually do that and then air up my tires when I leave. Without the air compressor it is fine though.

    If anything, lets sync up, I will come out there and show you the way, make sure you dont get stuck and etc. Once you know it well, you'll be good to go and there are always people at butcher jones somewhere so even when something goes wrong, people come to help. Once at the spot and know you can make it fine, we can jump in my jeep and do some real wheelin too since we are already out there :)
     
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    @Hollywood I have been talking to my son about going on Thursday this week or next week after work to do some cliff jumping if you are interested trying it out.

    Edit: it will be this thurs. Next thurs I cant go as I am going to mexico next fri.
     
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    Unfortunately I have to work.....maybe next time?
     
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    Anytime! (This would be meeting at butcher around 530 anyway as I work in the day too)
     
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    Went cliff jumping after work with my son Thursday at spot #1. Couldn't find my waterproof camera, still not sure where it is


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    Oh yeah. How did it go? Did you lose the camera there?

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