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Since I just recently purchased my WRX I'm in search of a good driving area/road/desert road with minimal debris. I would much rather drive off road than on road since I'm more interested in Rally type driving. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

By the way, I live in Gilbert and don't mind too much of a drive but I'd rather not drive hours away.

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does yours happen to be a red premium sedan? And there are quite a few dirt roads out in maricopa that are usually pretty abandoned.
 

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Its a red sedan but not a premium model. Thanks for the help, I'll have to drive out there one of these days!
 

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Why us dirt bad? With the right suspension/tires/wheels shouldn't the car be able to handle it? I'm not necessarily worked about too much cosmetic damage since I'm gonna get new paint and all the little dings removed in six months or so
 

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AZ dirt has Valley fever, Also there are lots of hidden rocks. Rocks that will bust up your ride quick.

A good road is 17 to bloddy basin rd. head west on that and its a good dirt road.





I used to put on the ghost town runs.
 

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It's more of a Utah/Nevada drive, but technically is in northwest Arizona. If you live anywhere near that little stretch of I15 that clips the corner of Arizona, that drive is not only amazing looking because of the red rock, but has wonderful banked turns that are mostly posted at 60mph.
 

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I don't do dirt. But a few of us go out to canyon late after our Thursday meet in Gilbert.

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Do you guys meet at subaru superstore in gilbert? I passed by there once and saw a lot of sti and wrx's

And I would recommend doing a south mountain run I did okay as a noob lol and I heard canyon is pretty intense no side rails going up or anything
 

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Any suggestions on good paved drives? Done the Apache Trail a few times. Great drive during the week, but I'm on the west side of town and if I'm going to go that far for a drive, I'd like some variety.

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I just moved from AZ and my favorite ride was taking 87 Country Club towards New Mexico. Its got no traffic in the early morning, I drove it maybe 15 times and never saw a cop. Its a ton of fun. I had an altima then, now that I have my wrx i live in NY :( You can get up pretty fast and the view is outstanding. Be safe
 

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i go to az once a year wish i had my car. you have to hit up jerome the mining town on a cliff. roads are sweet. go over the mountain it turns from desert to forest. im not sure exactly were its located but there is a lake west of happy valley we go to. long windy steep roads. beware of cops they like to run radar.
 

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im also in az looking for some meets i herd about people meeting by the Subaru superstore. im in queen creek on hunt hwy. also is anyone looking to swap trunks or know anyone i have 2013 wrb wingless and looking for sti wing.
 

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Sedona area is where you are talking about. I was up there a few weekends ago and its phenomenal driving. Head up on 89 North or something like that and there are some gnarly 5mph switchbacks that are a blast. It's all redrock desert and turns into pine forest once you get higher elevation. Super sweet!
 

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Any suggestions on good paved drives? Done the Apache Trail a few times. Great drive during the week, but I'm on the west side of town and if I'm going to go that far for a drive, I'd like some variety.

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Where on the west side are you? I just traded in my 2012 civic si for a 2013 wrx and want to meet some others that know about subaru's.
 

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I know a GRIP of places, the funnest part is just exploring to find your own spots, but a couple id be more than happy to share with everyone include Gilbert rd south of riggs its all farm land and all of the roads are MAINTAINED dirt so you get the pleasure of dirt with the safety of asphalt. Another good one that has been mentioned is South Mountain, BUT slightly modified... on weeks nights at like 2 AM there is no one out including cops and you can drive to the entrance and you'll notice on one side is a gate and the other side is one way road spikes, if you get creative and use your imagination its like having South Mountain as your own personal test track, i wouldnt suggest on weekend because im sure im not the only person in the world whose ever done it and id hate to see someone drive off the side of the mountain. Lastly if your wanting to see how fast your car will go i suggest going on elsworth to pecos the from elsworth east on pecos you have like 1.5 mile road that almost no one uses late at night... The last place and least riskiest and scenic drive i suggest would be the 88 or apache trail to canyon lake, its always a good time and if you continue it turns into a dirt road a few miles after canyon lake. HAVE FUN and be CAREFUL!
 

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There are a ton of pretty empty roads in the east valley (basically anything east from Greenfield Road). I don't get out of the suburbs too much unless I'm going to work in Chandler or school in Tempe, but I take the long road home sometimes going east on Pecos road and there are some fun twists, and its usually empty at night (but be careful, those AZ cops love to hide)
 

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South Mountain is a blast, done that several times and Jerome is awesome, especially if you go the back way from Prescott. Be careful when you get near the town though, cops everywhere.

Also interested in meets in the valley if you know of any, would love to see other subie owners.
 

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In Tucson and also looking for Subie hangz... as far as drives, the Star Pass route is windy and really fun at night. Mt. Lemmon is also a nice drive especially mid day during the summer as the temp is in the upper 70's while 105 in town.
 
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