Agua Fria National Monument Trail

EASY 10 reviews

Agua Fria National Monument Trail is a 1.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Mayer, Arizona that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

1.7 miles
167 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly




nature trips




wild flowers


29 days ago

It's a beautiful area. Great scenery in the high desert. It's difficult to stay on an actual trail on this hike however. It kinda intertwined with the wash/river. If there was a lot of water in the wash/river we wouldn't have been able to go all the way down to the petroglyphs or swimming areas.

4 months ago

6 months ago

6 months ago

Very cool place my husband and I stumbled upon. Very wet and muddy/sandy in some parts. The river was flowing beautifully in March. Overall very easy but beautiful.

11 months ago

Great hike! Super Easy

Friday, June 17, 2016

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

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

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.

Monday, April 07, 2014

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.)

Sunday, May 05, 2013