Verde River from Sheep Bridge Trail

Phoenix, Arizona

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Please remember to bring bags to use to pick up after your dog, since it is not appropriate to bury the stool in this desert environment. Also, add water shoes to your packing list: you may decide to spend some time wading with your dog at one of the beachheads. When your dog is watered and leashed—and you have packed in drinking water for your hike— you are ready to cross the bridge and start on Verde River Trail 11. The Old Verde River Sheep Bridge was once known as the Red Point Sheep Bridge. The structure is on the National Register of Historic Places, and was in fact used to move sheep between camps whenever they needed access to more forage. This bridge is a reconstruction of the original, which was damaged in a storm, built using the original towers.
Best Hikes with Dogs: Arizona

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Best Hikes with Dogs: Arizona

by Renee Guillory (The Mountaineers Books)

Please remember to bring bags to use to pick up after your dog, since it is not appropriate to bury the stool in this desert environment. Also, add water shoes to your packing list: you may decide to spend some time wading with your dog at one of the beachheads. When your dog is watered and leashed—and you have packed in drinking water for your hike— you are ready to cross the bridge and start on Verde River Trail 11.


The Old Verde River Sheep Bridge was once known as the Red Point Sheep Bridge. The structure is on the National Register of Historic Places, and was in fact used to move sheep between camps whenever they needed access to more forage. This bridge is a reconstruction of the original, which was damaged in a storm, built using the original towers.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Phoenix
Distance: 4
Elevation Gain: 344 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Best October through April
Trailhead Elevation: 2,050 feet
Top Elevation: 2,424 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Tonto National Forest, Cave Creek Ranger Station
Local Maps: Chalk Mountain USGS
Driving Directions: Directions to Verde River from Sheep Bridge Trail

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