Explore the most popular trails in Carefree Sun Dial with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Nice trail. Definitely needs to be an all day deal. We went out through Bloody Basin road which takes you to the top of the mountain. Be careful on this road as most of it’s only 1 car lengths wide and very steep roads.

Not bad. Easy route but had lots of loose, larger rocks so it slows you down if you are in a newer vehicle that you are concerned about. 2wd was all we needed.

This was a great trail! We did it in a jeep! The last 11 miles were pretty bumpy, but totally doable. My advice is allow yourself all day if you’re going in a jeep/four runner. We would have liked more time at the bridge but had to get back on the road to make it out before it got dark. This was an amazing trail and we had a great time.

Fun day trip with the kids and my dad. The roads were rough and muddy in places. The were overrun with UTVs. The Bridge was cool and the weather was nice. The water was very high due to all the rain over the last few days. I'd give it 5 stars if it weren't for all the UTVs all over the place.

Muddy and slippery, not as bad as bloody basin but still noticeable taking corners.

Great views from Cave Creek to bridge. Air down tires to make it a little bit smoother. Be prepared for blind corners/turns.

Very scenic drive. I hope to go again soon. It is an all day trip. I started in Carefree and looped around on Bloody Basin, taking I-17S to complete the loop. Probably took about 4 hours to get to the bridge and 3 to get back. First 30 miles is pretty simple dirt/gravel road. There were a few minor areas with water on the roadway. Nothing deeper than about 10 inches though. The last 10 miles getting to the bridge was much more rough and slow going. I'd say I averaged about 10 mph while the first 30 miles was usually 20+ depending on the hills. Still not super technical or anything but having additional ground clearance was helpful for some of the rocky parts. I'm sure more SUVs could make it through but having something more offroad oriented will make the experience more enjoyable.

First time on trail. Stock 01 Sequoia 4x4. Good beginner trail. Went on a weekend not busy at all. We were the only ones at the river for hours. It is an all day trip in and out if you plan on swimming or hanging out at all. Will be back and camp next time.

One of my favorite trails, there are tons of great views. You can also get to Bloody Basin and the I17 if you go west on FR-269, instead of east towards Sheep Bridge.

took bloody Basin road to get there got about half way and clouds and what looked like rain coming so we booked out of there but going to try again this weekend

off road driving
Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Very simple trail. Final destination at Bridge is nice.

Sunday, April 01, 2018

This is a power line service road. Would not recommend it. For atv/mx there and many other awesome trails right their in wildcat. There is how ever a newer maintained just for hiking trail in Wildcat. You can access it from Bartlett dam rd near the ranger station. I do not see a map for it on here.

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Interesting but tough to slog through deep sandy stretches.

off road driving
Monday, October 23, 2017

Payment is required for the trail pass.This is not an easy off-road trail.

off road driving
Friday, October 20, 2017

nice views, great trail with a fun end point to hang out. sheep's bridge is nice to camp and such cool little getaway from town.

fun day great beginning trail.. most stock trucks 4x4 real easy going

off road driving
Sunday, July 30, 2017

Scenic drive with many places to camp. We drove in and out in a 4x4 truck... although a small suv, like a Subaru or similar, could make it ok, I recommend a vehicle with a higher ground clearance for the muddier water crossings and some of the worsening sections of the trail. Do not forget to bring extra water in case you get stuck, while there were many people passing along the trail during the day, hardly anyone is out after sunset. We saw various wildlife including javelina, so keep them in mind if you decide to camp overnight or longer. The trip starting from Cave Creek and ending at the Sheep Herders bridge took approximately 3 hours, with various stops for pictures, restroom breaks, etc. I recommend planning for this trip to take at least 6 hours round trip, and that doesn't leave much time for swimming or anything.

off road driving
Friday, May 12, 2017

A lot of nice views.

Bridge is neat. Pretty views. Bump ride not for cars but stock SUV would be fine.

off road driving
Thursday, April 29, 2010

Nice area past Cave Creek. It is an easy trail for SUVs. More difficult are some of the off-roading trails that connect to Camp Creek. Would not recommend just going on Camp Creek, try one of the other trails that connects to it.

off road driving
5 months ago

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