The green monster had just explored Constellation road out of Wickenburg and didn’t want to return on the same road. Fortunately Buckhorn Road forks off of Constellation Road in a big sandy wash and heads up over the hills. It heads in the desired direction (roughly toward Castle Hot Springs road so away we went.
This is mostly a drive through the Wickenburg Mountains except most of it is down in sandy washes. Buckhorn certainly comes by the buck part of its name from the washboards in the road. About 90% of this road from where it branches off from Constellation road to where it finally intersects Castle Hot Springs road is washboards. Enough to shake the fillings out of your teeth. Enough to start a front axle seal start leaking too.
The road passes through a number of parcels of private land and the land owners must be serious about keeping people off their domain because there are no trespassing signs everywhere. You pass by some old mines and some corrals and windmills and get a few glimpses of some rocky mountains up a few draws. you also go through some cool canyons.
Then finally you reach Castle Hot Springs Road which is vastly smoother. Make sure you head south. Heading north takes you to who knows where: undoubtedly rough country. Heading south takes you past a rock retaining wall and then the grounds at the old Castle Hot Springs Resort. The resort itself seemed to be being dismantled but we questioned a worker who was on the road and he says they are rejuvenating the place and hope to reopen it in a year or so. That would be cool because it used to be quite a place with palm tree lined lawns and hot pools and stuff you expect at a resort.
Keep going and Lake Pleasant appears and then the cut across road to I-17. Now we can say been there, done that, no need to travel Buckhorn road again.
Will traveled here 3/30/2016