This short trail is part of a through route that connects Barfoot Park to Pine Canyon Trail near the Methodist Camp lower down in Pine Canyon. However, Pine Creek heavily washed out a few years ago and a short section is considered impassable to most vehicles, most unmodified 4WDs included. In the 1870s and 1880s, rustling cattle from Mexico for resale in Arizona was a common activity. Rustler Park was a favorite stopover point for the rustlers, who had time to re-brand, rest up, and feed the cattle on the park’s higher-altitude green pastures.
Special Attractions: Easy trail traveling through many life zones, ultimately climbing to 9,531 feet; Cool summer camping opportunities; Summer wildflower viewing; Trout fishing in Riggs Flat Lake. High-clearance 4WDs are recommended, though most stock SUVs are acceptable. Expect a rough road surface with rocks larger than 6 inches, but there will be a reasonable driving line available. Patches of mud are possible but can be readily negotiated; sand may be deep and require lower tire pressures. There may be stream crossings up to 12 inches deep, substantial sections of single-lane shelf road, moderate grades, and sections of moderately loose road surface.
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