Badger Springs Trail

Agua Fria National Monument, Arizona

Elevation Gain254ft
Trailhead Elevation3,142ft
Elevation Min/Max3041/3142ft
Elevation Start/End3142/3142ft

Badger Springs Trail

Badger Springs Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Yavapai County, Arizona. It is within Agua Fria National Monument. It is 0.7 miles long and begins at 3,142 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 254 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking.

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100 Classic Hikes Arizona (The Mountaineers Books)
Scott S. Warren
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"In 2000 President Bill Clinton established the 70,900-acre Agua Fria National Monument. Named for the Agua Fria River, which cuts through the monument lengthwise, this parcel of BLM land embraces both riparian canyon bottom and grassland mesa tops. In addition, numerous cultural sites are scattered across its breadth. Offering quick and easy access into the depths of the Agua Fria River Canyon and the heart of the monument itself is the Badger Springs Trail." Read more

Badger Springs Trail Reviews

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From the I-10 / I-17 split, the drive was approx 63 miles, accomplished in 1 hr 15 min. The book says 1.5 hrs to hike it, but we easily made it 3 hrs, and could have done more but the heat (and hunger) made us turn back. The road in to the trailhead is a one-laner and is very sandy in some areas. Be cautious – and if you go after a heavy rainfall, I suggest you have a truck, or a higher clearance vehicle than a Honda Civic . Within 10 minutes of beginning the hike, we spotted a buck sipping water, and were able to admire him for a good 3 min before he bounded off. After reaching the river, we took the SW bend first and traveled about 35 minutes before turning back. We spotted a many-armed saguaro in the distance and made that our turnaround point. After returning to the wash, we took another 25 min to head down the SE bend. There looked to be a large stand of trees in the distance, but we didn’t make it that far. For me, the best part of the hike was being able to boulder hop in the riverbed practically the whole way. Even with the amount of water, most of my time was spent in the bed. I was surprised by how much water was still prevalent, and by how quickly it was running in the little falls. I can’t wait until it cools down; I will definitely be going back to this trail.
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This is a good hike if you want to see some petroglyphs. The road that goes to the trailhead is unpaved. Be sure to have some decent clearance under your car. We hiked to the petroglyphs and back. The canyon is beautiful. Very desolate and peaceful. Petroglyhs in awesome condition

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Trail Information

Agua Fria National Monument
Nearby City
Agua Fria National Monument
Skill Level
Agua Fria NM, BLM
Local Contacts
USGS map: Joes Hill
Local Maps

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Dec 2018