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Copper Canyon Loop Trail 504 is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Camp Verde, Arizona that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. 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.

Length 3.9 mi Elevation gain 387 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Horseback riding

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Views

Waterfall

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This loop trail offers excellent views with minimal effort. There are spots where it is close enough to I-17 that traffic noise can be heard overhead, but overall the trail is very quiet and seldom used. The surface is very smooth and can be hiked in a good pair of walking shoes. Temperatures in the area during the June through September can reach 105 degrees on hot afternoons, so summer hiking should be done in the early morning. It can be hiked in either direction, but the trail description is for the counterclockwise direction. The trail begins with a one mile section of moderate switchbacks then levels out as it moves along the ridge line. The best views are in this area. Some of this portion is very close to the edge of recent landslides, so exercise some caution, especially with children. The trail begins descending and at 2.6 miles crosses a dry creek bed. Turn left to go back to the parking lot along a level stretch for 1.3 miles or turn right for a side trip to a waterfall. The waterfall is spring fed and runs most of the time. The trail back to it is very rocky and requires some scrambling and water crossing. Boots are highly recommended on this short spur.

The trail head offers abundant parking with space to pull through a horse trailer or RV. There are pit toilets and a small ramada. No water is availalable.

Northern Arizona experiences a summer monsoon during July and August. There are often strong thunderstorms in the late afternoon, so hiking during that season should be done early in the day.

From exit 287 of I-17, head east on Arizona state route 260, 1.6 miles to Oasis Road. Turn south for 0.4 miles. At the bottom of the hill is a dirt road on the right with a cattle grate. It is FS 136 but it is not marked. Take this road all the way to the end and park in the large Copper Canyon Trailhead parking lot. There is a gate at the north end of the lot with a trail marker for trail 504. The trailhead can be reached by passenger car. A high clearance vehicle is not needed.

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Erika Herden
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Hiking

Ok trail, no water when we were there. Definitely go early morning since it gets HOT and there is minimal shade the first few miles.

Casey Peck
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Backpacking

Went there in July and there was no one else on the trail the entire time we were there. The trail is poorly marked which led to hiking off the trail because we ended up going under the I-17 which wasn’t on the map. The ground is very dry, no water in sight. The trail itself is moderate along with beautiful views of the canyons. Highly recommended to bring lots of water to keep yourself hydrated. I would go back again if the trail was better marked and there are some water on the grounds.

Cori Bay
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Misty Edison
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Hiking

Beautiful hike with views. Very easy..not sure why it's marked as moderate. Hiked in my vibrams..you don't need hiking boots for this one. Not even to get to the waterfall this time of year 6/13. A little water flowing. Went in ccw to get the shade on the way back. Pretty flat from the waterfall to the parking lot.

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vikki Dahle
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fun trail. I would rate it easy vs moderate, there was still some water at waterfall even though it was 100' when we went. would do it again

Dale Tatum
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Hiking

Missed the waterfall on the first try. Went CW this time to the waterfall and back. Small tiered fall some water and small ankle deep pool at the bottom.

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Dale Tatum
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Hiking

Didn’t read the trail info good enough. Didn’t go up the creek far enough to see the waterfall. Hike CW to have better views of the valley. Go CCW to have more shade on the last part. Didn’t start the recording at the start so the mileage is off.

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Jennie O.
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Hiking

The falls and pools are such a nice reward! A nice family friendly hike. Getting hot, but still bearable.

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Justin Erickson
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Hiking

Water was pretty dried up other than a few pools. Scenery was decent but nothing out of the ordinary, would probably be better closer to a rain day.

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Christopher Molinari
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Hiking

It’s nice to come here and see the waterfall, and to see some taller trees than one is used to in this area

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Sarah Sockrider Barela
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Myron Yakely
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Hiking

This is a wonderfully relatively easy ,safe hike.

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A Willis
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Hiking

Great trail for beginners. It has some easy, gradual elevation changes and is fairly well maintained. The waterfall was beautiful. Not a lot of places to stop and rest, but it does have a good combination of sun and shade. It is an interesting trail. I will be back.

Grace Nordman
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Karina Miller
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Running

Nice for a relatively easy hike and perfect for a trail run. Be sure to take the trailhead to the left after entering the parking lot. (There is another trailhead at the end of the parking lot that goes through range land and is much rockier.) There's a nice little creek in the canyon. This trail also intersects and joins with some mountain biking trails, so watch out for bikes.

Shannon Fury
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Hiking

Lovely hike with a good mix of flat areas and elevation changes. Beautiful views. follow the creek up the hill to see the spring fed waterfall!

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Mark Stotes
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Hiking

Three of us had a great time. It’s a very easy trail, well tracked and smooth for the most part. Met several regular’s on the trail who hike it for enjoyment weekly. A group of four on horseback caught up with us, then later a pair on horseback passed us by. All very friendly. Lots of cow patties around, but not a problem. The Prescott National Forest leases the public land out to ranchers. The waterfall was free flowing at a nice rate, a very pleasant addition to our experience! When we returned to the parking lot it was completely full of vehicles, but it wasn’t noticeable on the trail at all. Just a tenth or two over four miles for us. At just 10 minutes from our house, I’ll be back!

Jana Kelly
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Hiking

Nice trail, easy to follow. Creek running a little, could see the falls thru the trees but didnt climb the boulders to get to it. Dog friendly. Was a few cars at trailhead , but only saw 1 person while hiking. Trailhead has nice picnic tables with ramada to bring and enjoy lunch before or after hike.

Eric Haag
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Hiking

Just OK. It was a nice walk, but there was nothing particularly special about it.

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Kristen McCullough
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Hiking

Nice hike. Easy over all. Shaded parts intermittently, even midday. No waterfall but it’s a desert and not monsoon season so expected nothing. Took very able bodied parents in their upper 60s with no issues. Finished in 2 hours.

Ashley May
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Hiking

There was no waterfall. Only gets 3 stars because the water was dried up and there wasn’t anything special about this trail otherwise. Lots of prickly pear if you’re down for a juicy snack though.

Robert Hauer
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great hike very dry. Took several kids aging 6 to 13. completed in 2.5 hours with a break at the fall area.

Kate Badman
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Hiking

Pretty good trail! I imagine it’s a lot better with the river. It was actually 4.1 miles and it took us about two hours. No fee to get in, low traffic, and had carry out 28 lb adventure terrier mix only a few times.(;

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Bobbii Jean-Sanchez
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Simona Kraberger
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Hiking

Trail has nice views, water has all dried up so don’t go looking for the waterfall right now. A decent amount of trees that give shade which was lovely. Dogs loved it.

Phil Mills
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Hiking

This was a pretty easy moderate. Great for a trail run, nice views from the ridge.

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Tom Jones
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Mountain biking

great riding trail, its always nice to pay up front (put in the work) and enjoy a nice downhill section to finish it off.

Anna Johnson
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