Bradshaw Trail is a maintained road located in California's southeastern Riverside County, in USA. Four-wheel-drive vehicles are recommended due to stretches of soft sand.
The trail, also known as the Gold Road to La Paz, runs in between the Chuckwalla Mountains and the Chocolate Mountain Aerial Gunnery Range. The trail was created in 1862 by William Bradshaw, and was the first trail that crossed the Riverside County desert all the way to the Colorado River. It was widely used by gold miners in route to and from gold fields in the late 1800's. The trail is 57 miles long. The trail takes you through a rock hound's paradise and offers spectacular views of the Chuckwalla Bench, Orocopia, Chuckwalla and the Mule Mountains. Wildlife viewing, bird watching, rock hounding, and hiking opportunities are plentiful along this road.
Some road sections may require a high clearance 4WD vehicle, driven by a driver experienced in 4WD drive techniques and being familiar with backcountry conditions. The county grades the route on occasion, but you'll need a four-wheel-drive vehicle to negotiate stretches of soft desert sand. Expect the terrain to range from sandy washes to deep wash outs . small berms or steps, flat desert, to hills.