New River Canyon

Carefree, Arizona

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Passes through beautiful high Sonoran Desert into the Tonto National Forest. State Trust Land permit required. Steep rocky climbs and washed-out conditions. Suitable for aggressive stock SUVs with high ground clearance and good articulation. Skid plates recommended. New River is often dry but can be deep after heavy rains. Remote backcountry; don’t go alone.

New River Canyon Professional Review and Guide

"Passes through beautiful high Sonoran Desert into the Tonto National Forest. State Trust Land permit required. Steep rocky climbs and washed-out conditions. Suitable for aggressive stock SUVs with high ground clearance and good articulation. Skid plates recommended. New River is often dry but can be deep after heavy rains. Remote backcountry; don’t go alone."

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Carefree
Distance: 56
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 5 to 6 hours
Local Contacts: Tonto National Forest
Local Maps: Arizona Atlas and Gazetteer; USGS Phoenix, Holbrook, and Mesa; Tonto National Forest map
Driving Directions: Directions to New River Canyon

Recent Trail Reviews

10/3/2015
1

First trail i ever went on with my KLR650. Had quite a few dirt naps, but overall a great trail! Lots of slippery gravel and river crossings. Wouldn't recommend it as a first trail, but once you have some skill under your belt, a great choice.


8/1/2012
0

Wonderful Jeep Trail, you can start at I17 and go as listed here or you can drive in from Camp Creek off of FR24. Trail is well marked as FR 41, drove all day and only saw one other person. Total mile 24.2 2.5 hour trip. Really enjoyed this trip ...


3/20/2011
0

Great trip! You must plan for an all day trip to complete the entire route. Very rough road, beautiful, very isolated. Only saw two people all day. Make sure you have everything you will need and I high recommend planning this trip out first. Breath taking scenery and creeks! Overall, we had a great time in our Polaris Razor.


4/21/2007
1

This trail was really fun and the view was absolutely beautiful. The sign on the gate said entry was only permitted with written permission, but I did not see anything on the Tonto National Forest website that stated you needed a permit. We saw several other people out there and no said anything to us. The most interesting part was the unusual boulder formations we came upon while on the trail. I did notice the odometer reading was about 1 mile off towards the end and before you get to the Sears-Kay Ruins, there is several areas of paved road. Fortunately there is a sign that directs you to the ruins.


3/1/2000
0

Awesome trail! Gets you over to 7 Springs from the I-17 with beautiful views and trekking. I took a side trail that was an old fire break. Very primitive but got me ontop of the New River Mesa. What fabulous views. Would not recommend the firebreak off Fr7 if you are not highly experienced. When they say "primitive trail" they really mean it!



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