Agua Fria National Monument Trail is a 1.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Mayer, AZ that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Great hike! Super Easy
Favorite hike of 2016. Completed in May- wouldn't want to try it in hot summer. Visited unexcavated pueblo ruins, found petroglyphs and plenty of potsherds. Never saw another soul and most recent entry in the logbook was from the day before. Went well beyond the marked trail and the views were well worth it. Definitely recommend 4x4 vehicle to get well out into the park- 'primitive' road may be too generous a description lol
Short hike but excellent. You hike down a dry wash (most of the year), to petroglyphs, and beyond you can bushwhack either up or down the river for more scenic areas.
Probably one of the least visited National Monument hikes in the country! There is a nondescript BLM sign near the parking area, but otherwise nothing you'd expect of a NM, fees, etc. except beautiful scenery and some archaeology. You descend down a wash into the Agua Fria canyon, which is a beautiful granite boulder playground; right as you get to the bottom, look to the rocks on your left for some petroglyphs. The NM was designated to protect ancient Native American settlement sites above the cliffs, but these are not easily accessible, nor stabilized/reconstructed... it is best to leave them as they are until scientific surveying and excavation are complete. (If you want to experience that kind of stuff, visit Montezuma Well or Tuzigoot right up in the Verde Valley.)