Camp Verde Trail #545 (North)

Total Miles
10.4

Elevation

1,124.67 ft

Duration

0.75 Hours

Technical Rating

3

Easy

Best Time

Spring, Fall, Winter

Trail Overview

Camp Verde Trail in total is a long 13-mile 50-inch trail in the Black Hills of Prescott National Forest near Camp Verde, Arizona. The north segment is a 10.7-mile stretch connecting the Copper Canyon and Hayfield Draw trailheads. The entire north segment is easy and rideable by a 50-inch ATV. It's a rocky two-track, with lots of tight curves, going up and over lots of rolling mesas and crossing small ravines. There are a couple of big dips to look out for, small ruts, and lots of loose rocks, but it's all easy terrain with no obstacles. It follows a bunch of telephone poles for part of it, and it crosses a main dirt road. It goes underneath Highway 17 twice through two tunnels, and it has several ramped pinch points to go through cattle fences. This northern segment of the trail is popular with horses and hikers as well. There are lots of smooth sections of the trail, and it stays mostly flat, with only a few steeper and rockier climbs. Since it is overall very easy, it would be a very fun and scenic cruiser ride for an ATV. It goes through a nice Sonoran Desert terrain with juniper trees, but lots of spiky shrubs that grab you as you ride by. You can connect to the southern portion of the trail by taking the west turn marked for #545 which is just north of the Copper Canyon Trailhead. The southern segment is much more difficult for ATVs due to off-camber sections and rockier climbs.

Difficulty

This entire segment of the Camp Verde Trail is of easy difficulty with lots of loose rocks, big dips, and some tight turns.

Technical Rating

3

Status Reports

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Access Description

The Camp Verde Trail can be accessed from either the Copper Canyon Trailhead off of Copper Canyon Road or from the Hayfield Draw OHV Area north of Camp Verde, Arizona. Both staging areas have shaded picnic areas and space for trailers. This is a multi-use trail with hikers and equestrian users. Hayfield Draw has a $5 day fee per vehicle but is free on Wednesdays.

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