Indian Mesa Trail

moderate 26 reviews

Indian Mesa Trail [CLOSED] is a 2.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near New River, Arizona that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from July until December. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.8 miles Elevation Gain: 137 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

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Indian Mesa is closed between December 15 and June 15 because of eagle nesting.

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closed
27 days ago

This is not a marked trail. The area to get to Indian Mesa is closed between December 15 and June 15 because of eagle nesting. Talk to the Agua Fria Conservation Hosts and get a map of the Bald Eagle or Agua Fria hiking trails on the east side of the river.

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3 months ago

Walked along the dry river bed most of the way which was not on the trail. Getting to the top of the Mesa was amazing. Just breathtaking.

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked this on Thursday 11-14-19 and loved the views at the top of the Mesa. It was a sight to behold and can't imagine the Indians living up there and having to go down all the time to get water. The only drawback to this hike, is that the gate was locked and you had to walk a long ways to get to the Mesa. Since I paid my $7, I think I should've had access to drive as far as I could.

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3 months ago

Great hike in the Lake Pleasant area. Cool ruins at the top of the mountain!

8 months ago

it was awful and we hated most of it. we love hiking, just hated this trail.

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muddy
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scramble
11 months ago

Went out to see conditions after wet winter/spring. Came in from north host station off TM road. Really nice to see water bank to bank, and it had receded. Flowing at a high rate. Took the east bank south, up and down cliffs about half way, came back on Bald Eagle Trail (old 4 x 4 miner road). Trees look great, fishing jumping, wildflowers. Great work out.

bird watching
muddy
Fri Jan 18 2019

The trail was muddy and a little tough to navigate, but the rains have brought the desert to life. Views of the river were breathtaking. Bird activity was sparse. I was happy to see Spotted Towhee, White Crowned Sparrow and Loggerhead Shrike. I’ll come back again when it’s a little dryer and the saguaro are in bloom.

Sun Jun 10 2018

nice hike, park at the parking lot and hike through the wash usually dry unless it rains and follow the road till it end then follow foot path to Indian Mesa and up to it nice views and easy to get to, shade at the first half of the hike but not other half so bring water and watch for wildlife always see something when I go

Sun Aug 21 2016

Disappointing - unable to get there with an ordinary car. After exiting at table Mesa Rd and crossing to the west, you turn right immediately up to a gate that states "trust land permit required" the gate is easily opened but the rugged track beyond is impassible without 4WD. maybe one day I can get to the trail, it sounds lovely.

hiking
Mon Feb 11 2013

This is a very nice hike. Only accessible during the fall to early spring when the Agua Fria River is low. To get there, exit I-17 at Table Mesa Road and take Table Mesa Road westward for about 4 miles, taking the left-hand road at each fork. There are signs for Agua Fria Conservation Area which lead to a parking area. From there follow the trail down and across the Agua Fria River, then parallel to the river. At about 2.5 miles, there is a path off to the left that leads to the top of a distinctive hill (Indian Mesa) with light colored rock on top. The climb is steep but short to a saddle. From there take the left fork up to the top of the hill. Here there are well-preserved ruins and beautiful views of Lake Pleasant and the river valley below. Follow the same route to return to the parking area.

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