Bloody Basin Road

New River, Arizona 85087

Bloody Basin Road

Bloody Basin Road Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This easygoing trail passes through some spectacular, remote scenery east of the Agua Fria River as well as in the Agua Fria National Monument. In dry weather it is suitable for highclearance vehicles, but in wet weather it becomes impassable, as signs at the start and finish of the trail warn. In addition the ford through the Agua Fria River near the western end of the trail can be temporarily impassable after heavy rain.

Special Attractions: Access to the Verde River; Easy, scenic trail along Indian Spring Wash. 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."

Bloody Basin Road Reviews

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Bought my new 2011 Jeep Unlimited Wrangler thru the tail and had no trouble at all. All the ruts are cleaned up and the road is well maintained. This trail should be added to Sheep Bridge and Crave Creek Road Trail.
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I took Camp Creek Road to and then this one as a day trip. This trail was rated a little bit harder than Camp Creek Road, and it was. The first part of the trial takes you through some beautiful areas as you climb and then descend toward the Agua Fria River. As you descend, the trail becomes smoother and easier. Don't let that fool you, there are still a few hinky areas where you'll need to slow down and negotiate the trail. Unfortunately there's no water at this time of year. I'd like to do it again in the Spring. This trail is well worth the views.

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Trail Information

New River
Nearby City
Trail Type
2 hours
Year-round, best October to May
3,000 feet
Trailhead Elevation
5,000 feet
Top Elevation
Tonto National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Bloody Basin, Brooklyn Peak, Joes Hill, Cordes Junction; BLM Payson, Bradshaw Mountains; USFS Tonto National Forest, Cave Creek Ranger District
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018