Bloody Basin Road

Total Miles
37.5

Elevation

1,519.59 ft

Duration

8 Hours

Technical Rating

2

Easy

Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

Take a day to drive this road that will take you through Agua Fria National Monument. You'll want to take your time to explore archaeological sites and petroglyphs along the way. You can also enjoy a warm soak in the natural hot springs north of the bridge on the west side. Unlicensed vehicles are allowed in this area.

Photos of Bloody Basin Road

Bloody Basin Road
Bloody Basin Road
Bloody Basin Road

Difficulty

Easy: A well-maintained road that gets a bit rockier as you descend to the bridge. Wet weather creates muddy conditions, especially on side trips.

History

Most people drive this route to see the impressive Sheep Bridge at the end. The 476- ft. suspension footbridge was first built in 1943 and rebuilt in 1989. The old foundations remain in place. The 71,000-acre Agua Fria National Monument was created in 2000 and contains over 400 archaeological sites, some 2,000 years old. Please learn and obey special rules for the area. 'Bloody Basin' got its name from the Battle of Turret Peak in 1873, during which 26 Tonto-Apache Indians were killed in retaliation for earlier Indian atrocities.

Technical Rating

2

Status Reports

Lou Clark
Mar 01, 2024
4x4
Open
Dusty
James Herzberg
Dec 17, 2023
4x4
Open
Just a FYI, took the detour to go see the Wright and Corbin Cabins, don't waist your time, there are no cabins. At the Wright Cabin area there is a nice camping.
David Perlman
Oct 28, 2023
4x4
Open
Rough/Deteriorated
Matt Harris
Mar 29, 2023
4x4
Open

Access Description

Get off Interstate 17 at Exit 259. On east side, go past parking area and continue southeast on 9269.

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