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Best trails in Agua Fria National Monument

373 Reviews
Looking for a great trail in Agua Fria National Monument, Arizona? AllTrails has 5 great views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 3 easy trails in Agua Fria National Monument ranging from 1.5 to 3.6 miles and from 3,136 to 7,011 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Adjacent to rapidly expanding communities, the 70,900-acre Agua Fria National Monument is approximately 40 miles north of central Phoenix. The area is located on a high mesa semi-desert grassland, cut by the canyon of the Agua Fria River and other ribbons of valuable riparian forest, contributing to an outstanding biological resource. The diversity of vegetative communities, topographic features, and a dormant volcano decorates the landscape with a big rocky, basaltic plateau. The Agua Fria river canyon cuts through this plateau exposing precambrian rock along the canyon walls. Elevations range from 2,150 feet above sea level along the Agua Fria Canyon to about 4,600 feet in the northern hills. This expansive mosaic of semi-desert area, cut by ribbons of valuable riparian forest, offers one of the most significant systems of prehistoric sites in the American Southwest. In addition to the rich record of human history, the monument contains outstanding biological resources. The area is the home to coyotes, bobcats, antelope, mule deer, javelina, a variety of small mammals and songbirds. Eagles and other raptors may also be seen. Native fish such as the longfin dace, the Gila mountain sucker, the Gila chub, and the speckled dace, exist in the Agua Fria River and its tributaries.

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Map of trails in Agua Fria National Monument
Park information
Acreage:
70,900 acres
Contact
(623) 580-5500
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Top trails (5)
#1 - Badger Springs Wash Trail
Agua Fria National Monument
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 40 m
A beautiful hike just outside of Phoenix that is about 70% rock hopping, the rest sand and water. The trail can be extended past the petroglyphs by bushwhacking another 3/4 of a mile. One is treated with numerous rock formations and small cascades when you do. The trail is sandy for many segments with uneven surfaces. Wet feet are common during the winter, spring, and after rain events. Beware of summer monsoons which may produce flash flooding in the area. If you are caught in a monsoon event, get to higher ground immediately.Show more
#2 - Richinbar Mine and Pueblo Trail
Agua Fria National Monument
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 1 h
#3 - Bradshaw Mountains
Agua Fria National Monument
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Length: 3.6 mi
#4 - Agua Fria Monument
Agua Fria National Monument
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Length: 30.3 mi • Est. Multi-day
#5 - Perry Tank Canyon
Agua Fria National Monument
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Length: 14.6 mi • Est. 6 h 22 m