United Verde and Pacific Railroad Grade Trail

Chino Valley, Arizona

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For the most part, this trail follows along the path of the United Verde & Pacific Railroad as it travels between Chino Valley and Jerome. The trail leaves from Northeast Perkinsville Road, turning south on a small graded dirt road. There is a forest road number post at the intersection, and a large corral can be seen a short distance down the road. Initially, the trail crosses the broad flat plain, joining the railroad grade to head in a straight line toward Woodchute Mountain. Special Attractions: Trail that follows the route of the United Verde & Pacific Railroad; Views of Jerome and the Verde Valley; Long, extremely scenic shelf road. High-clearance vehicles are preferred, but not necessary. This trail is dirt roads, but may have rocks, grades, water crossings, or ruts that make clearance a concern in a normal passenger vehicle. The trail is fairly wide, so that passing is possible at almost any point along the trail. Mud is not a concern under normal weather conditions.

United Verde and Pacific Railroad Grade Trail Professional Review and Guide

"For the most part, this trail follows along the path of the United Verde & Pacific Railroad as it travels between Chino Valley and Jerome. The trail leaves from Northeast Perkinsville Road, turning south on a small graded dirt road. There is a forest road number post at the intersection, and a large corral can be seen a short distance down the road. Initially, the trail crosses the broad flat plain, joining the railroad grade to head in a straight line toward Woodchute Mountain.

Special Attractions: Trail that follows the route of the United Verde & Pacific Railroad; Views of Jerome and the Verde Valley; Long, extremely scenic shelf road. High-clearance vehicles are preferred, but not necessary. This trail is dirt roads, but may have rocks, grades, water crossings, or ruts that make clearance a concern in a normal passenger vehicle. The trail is fairly wide, so that passing is possible at almost any point along the trail. Mud is not a concern under normal weather conditions."

Activity Type: Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Chino Valley
Distance: 13.1
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Year-round, best dry weather
Trailhead Elevation: 5,000 feet
Top Elevation: 5,600 feet
Local Contacts: Prescott National Forest
Local Maps: USGS King Canyon, Prescott Valley North, Munds Draw, Prescott; BLM Prescott; USFS Prescott National Forest, Chino Valley Ranger District
Driving Directions: Directions to United Verde and Pacific Railroad Grade Trail

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May 2018