Verde River Trail - Scottsdale, AZ - Arizona - Verde River Trail
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Verde River Trail
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Verde River Trail is located in the Mazatzal Wilderness, much of which runs along the Verde River. Northern seven-mile section climbs away from the river, and is easy to travel.
River crossings at Red Creek and Pete's Cabin Mesa may be dangerous (proceed with care) and may also be difficult to locate. Do not cross at high water levels.
This trail is 27.6 miles long and has a moderate rating. Hiking and horseback riding are permitted on the trail.

Facilities: There are no facilities provided at Verde River Trail. Gas, food, and lodging can be found in Payson and Carefree.

Best Time To Visit: Verde River Trail is open spring through fall, depending weather.

Fees: No fee is charged.

Accessibility: Unknown

Rules: Neither motorized or mechanized transport are permitted on this trail. The maximum group size is 15; the maximum amount of saddle or pack animals of any kind is 15 per group.

Directions: To reach Verde River Trail from Payson, travel north on State Highway 87 (the Beeline Highway) 19 miles to Strawberry. Turn left at the Strawberry Lodge on Forest Road 428 for 5 miles; turn left on Forest Road 427 for 6/10 miles, then right turn on Forest Road 194. Continue down Forest Road 194 for 5 miles to the trailhead. High-clearance or 4WD vehicles are recommended.

To reach Verde River Trail from Scottsdale, travel north on Scottsdale Road to the Cave Creek Road. Go east and north on the Cave Creek Road for 35 miles to a T-junction with Forest Road 269. Turn right for 12 miles to the trailhead. High clearance vehicles are recommended for this road; however there are times (after rains, etc.) when even a 4x4 has trouble.

Map: Click here for a map to Verde River Trail

Reservations: Reservations are not needed or accepted at Verde River Trail.

Tonto National Forest
40202 North Cave Creek Rd.
Scottsdale, Arizona 85262
General: (480) 595-3300
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