Explore the most popular hiking trails near Mayer with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

BE WARNED: THIS DOES NOT DIRECT TO EASY ROAD. If you click 'directions' above, it will route you to the Dugas Road exit off of the I-17. This is the road that will take you to the ranch/hotel side of the Verde River. it is extremely rocky and not advised for anyone in a regular vehicle. if you are looking to rock crawl, this is the road for you. In my lifted Jeep it was awesome, but if not, take the route that leads you to Child Power Rd. it is way safer and the river crossing is easy most months of the year. I actually saw an old car crashed down the ravene that clearly should not have been on this road.
Looking for intense 4x4? Take Dugas Rd to 68G
Looking for friendly dirt road? Take FR260 to Child Power Rd.

fun hike for kids and dogs it's easy, we usually hike down to the spring and go swimming there are some pretty big fish the for the area and some petroglyphs and a mine entrance or lock box area with a big explosive sign around the area and ruins. fun family hike and place to hunt not much on views bit nice walking in the canyon

Short drive from I -17 on dirt road. Plenty of space to park. Trail runs through the wash (soft sandy dirt). Very easy hike. A great hike to do with the kids. There are some very pretty wild flowers throughout the trail which attacks some very beautiful birds. Enjoy!

Perfect weather day to take an easy walk and decided to check out Badger Springs. Not difficult at all. Great place to take kids since most of the trail was fairly wide. We arrived and only two other cars in the parking area. Nice peaceful and quiet little hike to a stream where we let the kids explore. Nothing strenuous for them and we had fun. As for the views, I’m giving it a 3.5 stars overall. It was decent but we will continue to search for something better.

4 months ago

Took 30 High School-aged boys on this hike. It was a rough road and the recommendation of high clearance vehicle was important. However, nobody needed 4WD. We found out that the cow trails were more distinctive than the hiking trails. This Trails app was excellent to help us stay on track (although we got off the trail multiple times). The views from the Verde Rim and Pine Mountain we’re absolutely amazing. We camped just West of the Pine Mountain summit. I will go back again for the challenge of doing the entire loop and staying on the trail. Would be amazing in the fall especially along Sycamore Creek.

I call this hike “a Walk In Heaven.” I have always hiked this in the wash. Caution not to do so during monsoon season for risk of flash flood. Large animal tracks - you won’t be alone! A very special place. Lisa B.

nature trips
5 months ago

Fun. Crowded on the weekend in February

5 months ago

This hike is gorgeous! But be warned, the road to get to the hike is very difficult!!
I took my 2009 VW Beatle down that road and boy was it tough.
If you're going to attempt this hike, make sure you have a high clearance vehicle, they're not joking.
But if you make it down the 23(something) mile dirt road, it's so worth it!

off road driving
5 months ago

I went to Agua Fria National Park, which is near the Bloody Basin road when you go North on I-17. What a fantastic afternoon of playing and exploring - sans rattlesnakes! The goal was to reach an ancient, Native American settlement, which was somewhat challenging to reach. My Jeep could have taken me there, but the dirt bike was faster, albeit more risky! ;)

If you'd like to see a short video (10m), it is here and on youtube :


The first part are little clips showing the terrain along the way, but the majority of the video is from the settlement.

Very easy hike with a puppy, 6 year old, and 9 month old in a carrier. No water but it has hardly rained in Phoenix for 4 months so no surprise there. Will come up again after a monsoon

This is a short, easy trail nestled in the bottom of a sandy wash. The petroglyphs make the trip extra worth it.

Definitely glad that we had a high clearance 4WD truck to get to the trailhead I wouldn’t try to drive here with anything less- the road is washed out with large rocks and steep hills especially towards the end. The hike was beautiful, there is water flowing in sycamore creek along Nelson trail. Went out and back Nelson Trail to Willow Spring Trail to Verde Rim Trail to the summit. Trail was hard to follow in some spots since there are no cairns or trail marker. Didn’t see anyone else on the road out to the trailhead or on the trail, would love to plan a backpacking trip here.

Close to Anthem and recommended for beginners

8 months ago

easy hike trail kinda hard to find a 2nd keep. but a carin marks where the stream crossing is. Great place to relax in hot springs.

Nice scenic trail, a little to easy for my liking but I did enjoy it. The pools didn't have alot of water but there still was some in the pools further back. This was one of the trails on my list and glad I got a chance to do it!

One of my favorite places to go. very peaceful the springs are easy to get to as well. when you get on the main trail to the hot springs from the campground there will be a fork in the trail one goes left and on goes right. the one on the right go uphill to a main road and you can follow that for about 1 miles and you will see a small train on the left that goes down take that thru the woods, cross the creek and follow the trail and it will take you to the hot springs.

It's a beautiful area. Great scenery in the high desert. It's difficult to stay on an actual trail on this hike however. It kinda intertwined with the wash/river. If there was a lot of water in the wash/river we wouldn't have been able to go all the way down to the petroglyphs or swimming areas.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Saw lots of wildlife such as bobcats, rattlesnakes, birds, deer and insects. A lot of fallen trees blocking the trail. The trail was not well maintained, having to literally crawl multiple times under sharp thorn bushes. With the difficult travel came great reward, never saw a single person (which is a huge plus for me). The view at the top of the mountain was breathtaking, seeing the Four Peaks on the right and Mt. Humphrey on the left and as a native Arizonian that was well worth the many thorn gashes on my arms and legs. If you plan to spend the night bring extra bug spray, I kid not this was the most bugs and spiders I have ever seen in AZ. Overall awesome trail if you don't mind roughing it.

Monday, June 19, 2017

About to go there, for now I'm leaving 5

Monday, June 12, 2017

We did not believe we would find water when we were standing at the trailhead, but we did! Easy hike in, our three year old walked it and loved playing in the pools. Saw 7 people total. It seems we were a couple of weeks late as the creek is no longer flowing. Pools are not stagnant yet.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Nice camping midweek, beautiful skies at night with many stars. Spring was all that could be expected of the wonders of this. Company that was present was very sociable and pleasant. Will be back soon.

Easy hike and different then most because of the spring. Well worth the trip and bring a picnic lunch!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Great place to camp. By the river and down stream from hot springs is a campsite accessible more for offroad vehicles. Remote. Place gets full of real hippie-like people and sometimes busses of entire families. Great place to get away with or from family. River crossing is shallow in lots of places and the hike from campsite to hot pool can be variety of routes. Us map included first time as GPS will help guide you. enjoy!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Saw only two Sauarros.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Very pleasant hike in and along the stream. The petroglyphs are up high at your 7 o'clock if you are standing at the water intersection facing the fork of the water. Lots of dried slit and sand amongst large rocks -- kids dream and nervous parent nightmare.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Right now there is plenty of water to swim in! Also, when you first arrive at the pond, look up and to your left & you will see a cool hieroglyphic!

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Very cool place my husband and I stumbled upon. Very wet and muddy/sandy in some parts. The river was flowing beautifully in March. Overall very easy but beautiful.

Monday, March 06, 2017

Was just there on March 3rd 2017, and it was beautiful. Unfortunately the water was too fast and too cold to cross, so swimming was not an option. I'm sure later this year we will be back when it's warmer and the water has come down, we still had a beautiful evening camping at the trailhead, the grass was lush and the weather was cool. Definitely a cool spot to check out, the last mile of the road is very rugged and I would recommend high clearance vehicles only and four-wheel-drive.

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Trail was hard to find and almost completely gone. Never been on this trail before. We ended up hiking to the top of pine mountain. I still had fun and plan to hike it again.

Monday, January 23, 2017

we hiked it this morning and due to recent rains there was plenty of water in the river and along the trail. Made for a pleasant hike.

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