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Old 12-29-2018, 06:21 AM
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Bitter Springs Backcountry Byway

Explored some of Bitter Springs Backcountry Byway recently. The Byway runs between the Valley of Fire access road and Northshore Rd, NV167. We took an offshoot to the Colorrock Quarry to check out things. Nice place to explore. Back in the byway we passed through the Buffington Pockets. Interesting geological place in that the sandstone is exposed under and through the Muddy Mountains silt, sand and rock, makes for some epic views. Along the byway there are places to see petroglyphs, sheep, wild horses and other NV wildlife.

As for the road, I'd give it a solid 2 on the off road scale. There are some rocky areas to navigate through and can be used to challenge one on a low level. We used these areas to get used to our JLU's length and girth as we are used to a JK. The road has some rocks up to 12 inches high, loose sand and gravel, and is rutted in many places. None of these "obstacles" were a challenge in anyway for our JLUR. While airing down is not a necessity I'd highly recommend it as the road is approximately 23 miles long and wash boarded for the first 5 or so miles, plus the other obstacles encountered less tire pressure will be greatly appreciated. We aired our stock Rubi tires down to 22 PSI and were quite comfortable for the duration of the ride.

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