Bell Trail is a 7.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Rimrock, Arizona that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Directions from Flagstaff: Drive 40 miles south on Interstate 17. Leave the interstate at the AZ 179 interchange. Turn east under the highway and drive about 1.5 miles east to the Beaver Creek Ranger Station turnoff. Turn north about a quarter mile to the parking lot and trailhead.
It's worth the day trip. It's 7.4 total round trip. From the trail head the first 2-2.5 miles is easy, flat walking (very runnable) with options to break off and head to the creek. There is little to no cover, and it's a hot dry hike for the most part. When you continue on, the trail goes up slightly (very "moderate"), then down again and eventually ends at "the crack", which is a great red rock creek and swimming hole, with some people jumping in. It's a great alternative to the crowds in oak creek but with very similar scenery. My 11 year old had no problems completing this, even on a hot march day... but we had lots of water and snacks for the turn around.
Fun out n' back hike with an amazing swimming hole at the end and great cliff jumping to boot!
Bell Trail leads to The Crack which leads to swimming and cliff jumping. Remote and beautiful area, I try to go 3-4 times a year. Outstanding day trip!
Very nice hike with great scenery. Did a Little Rock scrambling at the end which was fun.
This is my new favorite trail! It is a pretty easy trail for the first two miles- did some trail running along the first 2 miles, although it is pretty rocky in places. After the first 2 miles, the trail gets really beautiful! You look off the edge to the creek and see tons of desert plants and red rock. There are spots where you climb, so it's a good combo of easy and moderate. I only did about 3 miles in and had to turn around due to rain, but I can't wait to go back and finish!