New River Canyon

Carefree, Arizona 85377

New River Canyon

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."

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"An in-and-out trail which accesses scenic high desert. Because it’s close to Phoenix, it makes a great day trip. Trip can be shortened by skipping Forest Roads 37 and 17, or extended by continuing east to F.S. 24. (F.S. 24 is a larger forest road with more traffic and requires “MC” license plate.)

Trail Description: Don’t be mislead by signs along first part of trail that say “ABSOLUTELY NO ATVs.” If you stay on Table Mesa Road and have a state trust land permit, it is legal to proceed to forest boundary. Bear left through gate at 1-mile point; do not go right into a private ranch."

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10/3/2015
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.
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8/1/2012
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 ...
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3/20/2011
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.
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4/21/2007
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.
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3/1/2000
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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Trail Information

Carefree
Nearby City
56
Distance
Shuttle
Trail Type
Moderate
Difficulty
5 to 6 hours
Duration
Tonto National Forest
Local Contacts
Arizona Atlas and Gazetteer; USGS Phoenix, Holbrook, and Mesa; Tonto National Forest map
Local Maps

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Oct 2018