Have you ever driven hwy 95 between Yuma and Quartzsite and seen this sign? Well, I have and always wondered what the road is like. Forty-five miles is a long way to go to see a lake driving on a dusty and bumpy road.
So, I looked it up on my Google Maps and found the proper way to get to Cibola Lake is to take I-10 west to Blythe, California and then head south. All paved and not a problem. Except one way is 45 miles and the other is 70 miles around. I decided this morning we would take the shortcut. So, we took off at 11 A.M. ready to roll.
Let me tell you, driving at 15 to 25 mph for 45 miles is no shortcut. Took us two hours to finally arrive at the small town of Cibola just north of Cibola National Wildlife Refuge. We never saw a soul the whole time. Kept thinking, this is a bad place to breakdown, so don't even think about it. Plus, no cell service. Luckily, I had texted Dolly to let her know where we were headed in case she never heard from me again today.
The entire journey was in the Yuma Proving Ground and we were warned not to venture from the road because of danger in stepping on live munitions. So, we stuck to Cibola Road.
Lots of signs telling us this was a bad idea, but I was determined.
They even had a landing strip out in the middle of nowhere.
Pretty views all around and I couldn't miss them going around 15 mph most of the time because of the wash board road.
Finally got through the foothills we had been driving through and now we are in the same valley Blythe, California is in. I believe this is the Colorado River Basin extending from here all the way over to those mountains in the distance.
My first sign that we are getting to somewhere. The road actually got worse once we left the high country because now we were in sandy wash low country. Never had to put it in 4-wheel drive, but close a couple of times.
Finally, our first sign of civilization ahead. I believe it is the little town of Cibola at the entrance of the Cibola N.W.R.
Saw the cute direction sign as we came out on the blacktop in Cibola. We had finally made it through the hard part. Now to to find the Refuge.
Just south of the town we ran right into the Cibola N.W.R.
Nice Visitor Center with exhibits of the area inside. I picked up a brochure and we headed in.
We didn't spend much time looking for the lake. It has been three hours now and we are tired and hungry. Just want to go home.
My advice is if you want to go to Cibola Lake, take the long way. Much easier on you and your vehicle. I'll be spitting dust for a week.
We stopped at Albertsons in Blythe to pick up groceries and then a quick stop in Quartzsite for gas. Gas in Blythe was $3.59 and in Q it is $2.34. A lot of difference. Worth the 12 mile drive.
We made it back to the RV at 4:30 P.M and we are bushed.