Tule Creek Homestead

Carefree, Arizona

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Much remains of the main building at the Tule Creek Homestead (our name for it, not its official name), due to its sturdy concrete and metal construction. It’s a fun place to explore—just watch for rattlesnakes. Please leave everything as you find it. The main trail climbs gradually into the foothills of the Bradshaw Mountains to the border of Tule Creek Riparian Management Area. From here, it is a short walk to a photogenic homestead. It’s a pleasant ride with high views of Lake Pleasant, but otherwise fairly uneventful. If you can handle more difficulty, consider adding three side trips that add much interest. The first is a deep canyon south of Waypoint 04. A moderate trip down the west side of the canyon is fairly short but very scenic. A trip down the east side is longer and very dramatic (see photo at left), however it requires passing through a difficult, narrow, tippy spot. A third side trip departs east from Waypoint 07. A series of narrow trails split several times, one of which leads to a large vertical mine shaft.

Tule Creek Homestead Professional Review and Guide

"Much remains of the main building at the Tule Creek Homestead (our name for it, not its official name), due to its sturdy concrete and metal construction. It’s a fun place to explore—just watch for rattlesnakes. Please leave everything as you find it.

The main trail climbs gradually into the foothills of the Bradshaw Mountains to the border of Tule Creek Riparian Management Area. From here, it is a short walk to a photogenic homestead. It’s a pleasant ride with high views of Lake Pleasant, but otherwise fairly uneventful. If you can handle more difficulty, consider adding three side trips that add much interest. The first is a deep canyon south of Waypoint 04. A moderate trip down the west side of the canyon is fairly short but very scenic. A trip down the east side is longer and very dramatic (see photo at left), however it requires passing through a difficult, narrow, tippy spot. A third side trip departs east from Waypoint 07. A series of narrow trails split several times, one of which leads to a large vertical mine shaft."

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Carefree
Distance: 16.6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Year-round
Driving Directions: Directions to Tule Creek Homestead

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May 2018