Rogers Canyon Trail is a 7.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Gold Canyon, Arizona that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and camping and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length7.9 miElevation gain1,108 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashCampingHikingViewsWildlifeOver grownRockyScrambleHistoric site
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The road to the trailhead is rough. Take caution and make sure you have the correct vehicle to get there.

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anna camino
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Amorita Johnson
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Great hike!!

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Brad, Laura, Sugar Leasure
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Brad, Laura, Sugar Leasure
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David Lugo
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The road to the trailhead IS NOT as bad as some of the the other reviews!!! There is NO REASON why you cannot make it the the TH with a high clearance 2WD vehicle (truck) or SUV. The trail itself was rocky, but manageable and easy to follow. The fire damage did not take away from beautiful scenery. The hike itself had plenty of shade. Ruins are at the 3.9 mile mark from the T.H.

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David Lugo
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Phongvân Võ
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The road to the canyon is very very tough! We had 4WD and still parked 1 mile away from the trail head since we can’t cross the last bump to trail head. Need to maintain the road more accessible. The trail itself is more manageable with rating of moderate, desert flora, rocks formation. It is more than 8 miles. The trail drops into Rogers Creek and follows the creek for most of the way to the cliff dwellings. There is an abundance of juniper and manzanita trees along the trail, so lots of shades. The dwellings are visible from the trail and there are several there to view.

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Steve Bergo
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Only hiked to the campground. Been to the ruins before. Some burned trail and flood damage. Road in is ok with 4x4.

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Marcy Charley
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Beautiful trail! Went during the storms and snowfall up in the mountains. Was lucky enough to see some of the washes , a couple little waterfalls, and some snow in the most shadiest parts. Unfortunately there was some burned areas but it would come and go. Getting to the trailhead from the main highway was about 12 miles to the TH. The last road was a bit tough. High-Clearance really recommended and a 4X4. Had to park about .5 miles away from the TH because of a section that was impassable for the vehicle. The hike was mostly heading down with some elevation but not too much. We arrived closely to the end and decided not to hike further because of the time and the sun going down. Totally fun to see the Cliff Dwellings. Very pretty trail all over and adding snow to the mix on some areas was enjoyable. As the snow melts the creeks become a little higher than usual so proper foot wear recommended! Other than that, definitely would go back!

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Trevor Swanson
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Jack Jack Weiss
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Melinda Bloomfield
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Excellent fun and the ruins are awesome!

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Mark Sygrove
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great trail... lots of thorns in places. The trail can be difficult to follow when it crosses the wash.

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Carole Williams
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Troy Walker
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So before we get started please make sure you take the right road to the trailhead. For whatever reason Apple Maps, which I linked to this app, took us in from the Happy Camp Canyon Rd. This is not a good way in. We managed it in an AWD Highlander but it was dicey and we hit bottom a few times. The correct way in is Hewitt Canyon Rd via N Queen Valley Rd. A couple of bumpy spots including one big one about a mile from the trailhead but doable if you have clearance. The hike is a pretty easy ramble down the gully four miles or so to some cliff dwellings. There’s an interesting area that has had fire recently and is regenerating. Keep your eyes peeled as you follow the wash down as the trail crosses it a few times and it’s easy to lose. It’s usually following on one or the other bank so if you find yourself bouldering look for the trail. My 12 yo daughter and I did the out and back in 4.2 hrs which included a short lunch stop. We saw about 5 other parties and maybe 10 cars at the parking lot but there are two other trailheads here.

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Erin Riffel
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The road to the trail head was a doozy. I did see some other cars with not super high clearance that made it to the trailhead, but I'd be surprised if they did not scrape or break something. The trail itself was very fun and I enjoyed all of the trees. The ruins were amazing. I cannot believe how well preserved one of the dwellings is. I did this hike with my five year old daughter. Some of the maneuvers over big rocks required me to help her, but overall nothing super technical until you get to the ruins.

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Stu Turner
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Ruins were great. Picked up some trash that was left there. Please pick up after one another.

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Nathan Graves
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Chris Galante
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J H
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After turning off the 60, it took us about 90 minutes of driving to get to the trailhead. We drove a high clearance, two-wheel drive vehicle, which was fine for 95% of the road. The other 5% was a little touch and go. We arrived at the trailhead at about 9 am on a Saturday. We saw about 16 other hikers on the trail, some headed to the cliff dwellings and some to Reavis Ranch. The trail gets a little harder to follow after the intersection with the Reavis trail. The occasional monuments helped. With a few exceptions, the trail mostly crosses the creek rather than following the creek. We lost the trail only 2-3 times and quickly found it again by following the creek and looking for another point where the trail crossed. It’s hard to get lost because you’re just following the canyon down. The scenery in the canyon is spectacular and the cliff dwellings are incredible. The roof is still mostly intact on one of the rooms. The entire hike took us about 5 hours, including lunch at the ruins.

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Liz S.
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I did this hike yesterday (Saturday), and it was way less busy than anticipated for a beautiful weekend day. I have a feeling this was due to the road to the trailhead, which I believe is called Rogers Trough Trailhead on Google Maps... I drove a 4WD Ford Explorer and didn't have the guts to make it all the way to the trailhead. 0.9 miles from it was a monstro crater and I couldn't find a good way through, so I parked at a pullout and added 1.8 miles RT onto the hike. When I arrived at the trailhead, I was surprised to see two Subarus there, but props to those drivers. The hike itself was lovely, but at times the trail was tough to find when it intersected the wash. But as other reviewers point out, if you lose the trail and stay on the wash, you'll find the trail again. The trail gradually slopes down into the canyon until you get to the ruins up on the right side. I'd be impressed if you missed them. They're impressive. I was saddened to see that people carved their names/initials/garbage into the wooden parts of the structures. On the drive out, I'd recommend stopping at Elephant Arch! It's maybe 5ish miles on the right of the road heading away from the trailhead. You can see it from the road if you look for it. Enjoy!

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Gennadiy A
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This trail is really great. I went in early November and weather was perfect with a light chill. The Trail is easy to follow but wear pants, we saw a guy with shorts absolutely shredded up from thorn bushes. They are random in some places. The caves are really really cool. the clay home inside is one of the best intact I've seen or heard of in Arizona. I highly recommend going to these cliff dwellings. it is a true step into history. the foundation is very strong still. to get to trailhead 4x4 is highly recommended, we saw an AWD 4x4 subie make it too, otherwise you can park about a mile and half away and walk to the trailhead

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Christopher Hurst
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Amazing views! It was spectacular to go into the ruins and see the hard work of those before us. No water was running from the springs so be sure to bring extra.

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Chris Laney
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WEAR. PANTS. For the love of god don’t wear shorts lol. I made that mistake and my legs were scratched up real by the end. I had read that the trail was overgrown but I didn’t think about what that really meant. Also at the half way point just after you pass the fork that goes off to reavis ranch the trail becomes hard to follow for about a half mile or so. We passed some hikers that told us that the only time the trail is in the “river” is when it’s crossing. Which held true for the most part but it’s still difficult to follow. Best thing you can do is stick to the wash if you lose the trail and you’ll pick it back up at some point. Use a gps map to help guide you. Otherwise it’s a fantastic trail. Great for backpacking or just a long day trip.

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