Bill Gray–Buckboard Road

Sedona, Arizona

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This graded road connects Boynton Pass Trail to Cottonwood without ever touching the highway. The trail surface is roughly graded dirt that becomes extremely greasy when wet and is often impassable, even to 4WD vehicles. The trail starts in red rock country and gradually wraps its way down to the Verde River Valley. The differing views from the ends of the trail provide great contrasts. As the road descends gradually toward Clarkdale along a wide shelf road, Jerome can be seen clinging to the side of Mingus Mountain on the other side of the Verde Valley. Below, the Verde River cuts a deep swath through the valley. Special Attractions: Views of Verde Valley and Mingus Mountain; Tuzigoot National Monument. 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.

Bill Gray–Buckboard Road Professional Review and Guide

"This graded road connects Boynton Pass Trail to Cottonwood without ever touching the highway. The trail surface is roughly graded dirt that becomes extremely greasy when wet and is often impassable, even to 4WD vehicles. The trail starts in red rock country and gradually wraps its way down to the Verde River Valley. The differing views from the ends of the trail provide great contrasts. As the road descends gradually toward Clarkdale along a wide shelf road, Jerome can be seen clinging to the side of Mingus Mountain on the other side of the Verde Valley.

Below, the Verde River cuts a deep swath through the valley. Special Attractions: Views of Verde Valley and Mingus Mountain; Tuzigoot National Monument. 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: Sedona
Distance: 18.5
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 1.25 hours
Season: Year-round, best dry weather
Trailhead Elevation: 3,400 feet
Top Elevation: 4,400 feet
Local Contacts: Coconino National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Page Springs, Loy Butte, Clarkdale, Sedona; BLM Sedona; USFS Coconino National Forest, Sedona Ranger District
Driving Directions: Directions to Bill Gray–Buckboard Road

Recent Trail Reviews

6/4/2007
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We had difficulty finding the beginning of the trail and there were several turnoffs that were unmarked. We ended up having to turn around and go back the way we came. If you can figure out where you are going it is still a great drive. It was beautiful.



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May 2018