Bell Trail

MODERATE 159 reviews
#11 of 165 trails in

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.

DISTANCE
7.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
603 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

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
7 days ago

it was a beautiful hike involving trees, red rocks and a river

8 days ago

Loved it.

hiking
15 days ago

This is an awesome trail everyone should do. Easy and great spot at the end.

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

Beautiful! I found it an easy hike, one kids would be able to do. The water hole at the end is worth the effort. Can’t wait to return in the spring time.

3 months ago

beautiful!

5 months ago

The hike is good, but I think a snowfall would definitely make the scenery more picturesque.

5 months ago

Verrrrry busy this time of year. And please pack lots of water! At least 60 ounces per person! We saw lots of people exhausted and dehydrated on the trail. A paramedic team even had to rescue a few people. There is almost no shade and the final mile or so is moderate, while the rest is mostly flat.

5 months ago

Great hike!! Very little shade for the first 2 miles or so, so bring a hat and LOTS of water. I suggest starting early because The Crack gets super busy pretty quick. Bring a pool floatie to blow up because there is a great place to float if you don't want to jump off the rocks or lay on them. Clouds rolled in around 3 and shaded the whole trail back. Amazing hike with a great pay off at the end and beautiful scenery!

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike to beat the heat!

hiking
7 months ago

Week days are probably better. It was a little crowded with a party scene at the end of the trail.

hiking
7 months ago

One of my favorites!

7 months ago

This is a great trail. The Crack is great but upstream and downstream from there are lots of beautiful secluded areas to enjoy. It is 3.5 miles to the crack so be sure to bring plenty of water. I hiked with my son and we ran a little low but made it back to the car. I would recommend this trail to everyone.

7 months ago

Best cold water in the hot summer time. Easy hike.

hiking
7 months ago

This is one of my favorites. I usually do this trail 4-5 times throughout summer. It's getting more and more popular and the forest service has eliminated creek side camping due to high traffic and garbage. You can still camp 1/4 mile from the water just desolate when you get out of the canyon.

8 months ago

Long hike in...fantastic water hole...long hike out...but well worth it!!

8 months ago

Not a lot of shade. But worth it when you get to Wet Beaver Creek!

hiking
8 months ago

The beginning few miles seems boring, but well worth it as your start climbing through the red rocks. Vistas are incredible and it all ends at a pool. Can't be beat for something 1.5hr away from Downtown Phoenix.

hiking
8 months ago

I echo all of the comments about the trail quality - the last 1.25 miles are pretty interesting. When you are just about at the crack there is a Y in the trail. The right path goes down to the water and I believe the rest of the trail. If you're looking for seclusion and shade this is the place for you. The left trail brings you to the crack very shortly. What a blast! Rock ledges ranging from about 8 feet to 30+ feet, with water depth of 8 feet or more. We went in late May and the water was running well - not sure how it runs in late summer. All in all a pleasant hike with a great break in the middle. I rated it 5 stars because of the crack - the hike is maybe 3 to 4 stars.

hiking
8 months ago

Bell Trail is a great trail go on if you're looking for both a good hike and a refreshing swim. The first portion of the trail is 2.2 miles on a flat, dirt path, making it pretty boring. However, when you get past that first part, the trail takes you up the mountain through beautiful red rock - the best part of the hike by far. Bell Trail leads to "The Crack", a popular swimming hole with ledges to jump off of. You have to turn left at the end of the trail and hike through a rocky area to get to it. This area makes the monotonous parts of the hike worth it! Overall, this is a great trail to go on if you're in the area exploring for a few days! Just be sure to bring a lot of water and a TON of sunscreen!!

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