Bell Trail is a 6.9 mile heavily 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.

Distance: 6.9 miles Elevation Gain: 587 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

hiking
12 hours ago

Overall a great hike, very hot even starting in the morning though, bring lots of water and be aware there’s little shade. The “crack” was busy but not over crowded. If you park in the overflow lot, there is a trail from that lot that takes you to Bell trail.

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no shade
13 hours ago

Was a fun trail to get back to “the crack”. We got there about 8 am and there was plenty of parking and not too many people there. Pretty flat trail until the end then it gets a little hilly and rocky. Trail is narrow so if there are a lot of people it’s hard to get over to let people pass if it’s too crowded. Make sure you bring plenty of water. There’s not a lot of shade and it’s deceiving how long of a hike it is.

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rocky
1 day ago

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no shade
1 day ago

I would give this trail 5 stars because of the scenery and the water, but the stories of this being overcrowded because of TikTok are true... which takes it down a peg (or 2) We hit the trail at 6:45am on a Friday, and there were two other cars. Gorgeous red rock and interesting trail- a little rocky in some parts but nothing crazy at all. We were actually the first to arrive at the crack at about 8:20am. The water was pristine and beautiful and we totally jumped in right away. It was awesome!! We also noticed a lot of trash along the trail and at the crack, including wrappers, cigarette boxes, a pair of sandals, and a whole cooler. We grabbed a few things to take back with us... because ew... but given the “party crowd” that flocks here, I’m not surprised. After about 10 minutes more people started to filter in. It was still manageable, about 25 people at most for the first hour. We headed out at about 9:30am to beat the heat, and we saw SO many people heading in as we were leaving. They were carrying coolers and portable speakers, wearing Vans slip ons and asking, “How much farther?” We actually started to count- 202 people heading in before we got to our car at 11:30am. It was 97 degrees out. Insane. Even as we were getting to our car MORE people were heading in. The trail is beautiful. The water is gorgeous and refreshing. If you want to see this place and actually enjoy it, go as early as you possibly can. Find me on Instagram for more @cyndila

hiking
3 days ago

Hiked this trail in late April on a Tuesday in the early afternoon. Beautiful trail that isn't too difficult. We didn't make it to the Crack (had toddlers with us) but was very enjoyable and not very crowded. We went back memorial day weekend and it was a nightmare. We got there about 11 and they were at max capacity. 1000s of people crowding the trail equiped with speakers and cheap beer. If not for the crowds I'd give this trail a 4-5 for an easy half day hike.

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rocky
5 days ago

This was a great day hike with the family. We got started at about 6:30am, and by 8:15 made it to The Crack. There was one group of teenagers that passed that us early blasting a boom box, and carrying a trampoline. By the time we caught up to them at the water we were sure the music would be super annoying. To our joy we discovered that they had forgotten to charge the battery!! So, we enjoyed the water with about 25 other people until the drones of people started flooding in at about 9:30am. We quickly packed up our things and headed back. There were literally hundreds of people hiking in with various radios, coolers, plastic bags from the convenient store. We saw two families picking up trash on the trail. What a blessing to have good stewards. Without them this trail would have been trashed with losers’ beer cans and bubblegum. There were rumors the trail would be shutting down soon if the trash and noise continued to escalate. The kids had a blast and we were blessed to get there early to enjoy.

6 days ago

Longer trail with nice jump, swimming hole. We went super early to avoid crowds but we definitely caught them all on our way out.

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rocky
6 days ago

This trail used to be moderately hiked, but because of “The Crack” and TikTok it got very famous very quick. I went here last weekend and it was extremely busy, wouldn’t recommend mid-day. Without the large groups though, I’d definitely give it a try.

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no shade
rocky
7 days ago

Amazing hike. Took us about two hours each way.

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rocky
7 days ago

Very refreshing to dip in water at end of trail before making way back out for second half. Was definitely very crowded for the holiday weekend. If not into crowds I’d suggest going on an off day.

rocky
8 days ago

Great hike and great water! It was VERY busy mid morning until we left. If you want parking, go early. There is limited shade on the hike up but good shade at the top. Will for Sure be bringing friends back again. Trail is VERY clearly marked.

hiking
9 days ago

Great trail leading to awesome swimming hole. Go early and try and go during the week. Gets very very very crowded. Easy hike

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no shade
10 days ago

This trail was amazing. We started our hike around 630am on a Saturday. By the time we got to The Crack, there were about ten people there. We spent about an hour around the water, which was very cold, but refreshing. By the time we starting our 3.5 mile hike back to our car, a lot more people had arrived and were still arriving. On the hike back, we stopped at one of the smaller swim holes and put our feet in for awhile. Close to the end of our hike we saw two Park Rangers who were at The Crack cleaning up when we were there. They stopped and asked us how many people we thought were at the swimming hole, my guess was way low. They had counted 500 ish people hiking the trail to the hole as they were hiking back to their ranger truck. With that being said... start early. It gets very hot on the 3.5 miles there. And back. Bring a lot of water. The trail isn’t difficult, just long and hot. I would NOT torture a dog by bringing them on this hike. The Cliffs at the crack aren’t meant for animals and could be dangerous. Along with the amount of people that gather in such a small area. The views along the way are incredible but offer little to no shade. Enjoy! Be safe!

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rocky
12 days ago

The trail is awesome. Great views. Easy hike. Took my 10 and 11 year old boys and they didn’t struggle at all. As far as the reviews that say there isn’t any shade....I understand why they say it. But the truth is there is shade. There is shade along the way and the parts that don’t have shade you can find it if you really need it. If you’re that worried bring an umbrella. The hike out after swimming does get hot. Lots of people start showing up around 10-11 and by noon it’s jam packed even on a Monday. Lots of people doesn’t mean a bad time. It Just means a crowded time. Plenty of area to hang out up and away from the cliff jumping spots. Humans suck and leave a lot of trash laying around. It’s actually pathetic how much trash we saw. Over all good time. Bring plenty of water but don’t over pack food or other items. Show up early or parking is an issue. No permit required.

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no shade
12 days ago

Beautiful end result. Not an easy trail, especially if you are starting the hike mid day. You will be walking along the edge of a cliff with the sun glaring at you for over three miles. Go earlier in the day, pack enough water, wear good clothes for a hard walk. The end result is so worth it and this river is one of the safer ones I’ve seen. The locals here are so pleasant and adventurous but be careful! I wanted to stay for hours after the hike which I would rate as moderate to difficult but I’m not a pro hiker either

hiking
13 days ago

This trail is a great long distance hike, we totaled 8 miles from our vehicle in the overflow parking lot road- out and back. There was no parking left in the main lot or the overflow lot when we arrived by 9am, with a lot of vehicles lining the roads. The trail is long, with pretty much no shade to offer, but the sights are beautiful and worth it, so come prepared with lots of water, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and food. We saw a lot of unprepared hikers, that didn’t appear to be able to make it the whole hike due to a lack of water/the heat/sun. The “crack” swimming hole and cliff jumping area is worth the 90+ minute hike (4 miles) it takes to get to it. It’s gorgeous, has deep enough water to cliff jump and swim around in. The water is still very cold even with the temps nearing 90, but it felt amazing and refreshing after the long and hot hike it takes to reach it. The area has a party atmosphere, was very crowded with hikers who brought supplies to day drink, play music, and hang out for the whole day. It wasn’t too hard though to find an area of our own to hang at too and enjoy the water. Everyone at the “crack” was nice & fungoing. This was a gorgeous and worthwhile hidden gem in the desert of AZ!

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no shade
rocky
scramble
13 days ago

hiking
14 days ago

Got to the trailhead at 620am, was a beautiful Saturday morning! It’s a great trail with awesome views especially as you progress through the valley and get higher in elevation. Hung out around the water for about an hour. People started flooding in by then and on our way out. Fun 7 miles and great views!

hiking
14 days ago

Go early if you like peaceful hikes! This one gets crowded by 8am.

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no shade
rocky
14 days ago

Not a lot of shade on the way up so careful going on a hot day but the views were awesome and the creek at the end was a perfect place to swim and explore!

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rocky
14 days ago

I loved the day party atmosphere, when you reach the crack . If your looking to be more secluded head more up or down the creek. I went over the weekend and there was so many people.

hiking
14 days ago

Go early... way too many people after 10:30am beer coolers and ready to party.

hiking
15 days ago

Review is for the experience, not the trail. Trail is gorgeous. However this is less a trail and more of a frat party. Heed the warnings, this has turned into THE part spot for anyone under 25. Got there at 7:30 and made the mistake of taking our time on the trail, by noon this was the single most crowded trail I have ever seen. Lines of 20+ people through sections. Every third person had a boombox, half the people lugging coolers of beer up to the crack. Would recommend avoiding this trail like the plague unless you are looking for the frat party, then you've found the right spot. For anyone who wants to actually enjoy the hike, must start well before 7 on the weekend or only visit on the weekend. Otherwise this turns miserable very quickly. Would not recommend to any hikers, ever.

hiking
16 days ago

This trail was long...pretty easy rout. But the swimming spot at the end was worth it! Super awesome! A lot of places to jump In the deep waters!

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rocky
17 days ago

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rocky
17 days ago

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