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

hiking
1 month ago

THIS TRAIL IS CLOSED DUE TO DAMAGE FROM THE FRYE FIRE. This trail can be reached from a fork off of Ashcreek trail #307 or as a 1 mile hike from the Columbine Corrals campground (Currently closed as well.) A review of it's condition before the fire would be pointless as this area was among some of the hottest burnt areas of the 2017 lightning started Frye fire. The Webb Peak lookout tower is still standing but the wooden structures at the top are gone. Extensive work will have to be done on this trail before it opens again.

This trail has been closed due to fire damage.

Was a fun drive to trail, would recommend 4X4 for the ride in. I would park at top and walk down road, great views and many options for access to the mountain. Dogs had fun too.

We did the Frye trail #36 and checked this out once we got back to our jeep. You can see it from where you park. It’s really pretty and nice to see and hear the water coming in.

Great views
Great for summer and winter
Awesome camping sites

8 months ago

Love the drive! Beautiful scenery with great twists and turns to the road

scenic driving
8 months ago

This is a good way to get out of the desert heat in the summer. This road takes you from the desert floor to over 10,000' feet high. You can drive up to Heliograph peak, where there used to be an old fire tower there, not sure if it still is. Drive further and you'll have access to Mt. Graham which is the highest point. Further on down the road and you'll reach Riggs Lake. Used to be able to fish for trout here. Again, been a while since I've been up there, so don't know if you still can.
This range has the highest vertical relief of any range in AZ. 7000'. It is said that this mountain range also has the "highest diversity of habitats" than any other range in North America. That's pretty noteworthy. The forests at the top are dense and thick. I remember ferns that grew as tall as I was. Worth the steep drive up!!

Currently closed about halfway up at the Ladybug Trailhead.

fishing
Sunday, May 07, 2017

A small but great little trail around Frye Mesa Reservoir. One of the few places you can legally fish for Gila Trout. The road to the trail is relatively difficult to navigate and downright impossible if you have a lower clearance car. The parking lot is also a great staging point for more hikes on this side of Mt. Graham.

walking
Monday, April 10, 2017

Not much to do or see here unless your fishing or boating

scenic driving
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The drive up Mt. Graham is absolutely stunning with a twist of terrifying. Some sharp turns and drop offs with no guard rail. But it is worth it when you get to the top, you can see the valleys below.

Nice very easy hike. We took our 5 kids and they had no problems.

scenic driving
Saturday, December 12, 2015

Very scenic and great camping and hiking opportunities. It is great for a summer adventure when the desert is hot.

camping
Saturday, December 12, 2015

Great primitive campground. Excellent hikes in the area.

Friday, July 17, 2015

The trail is called Mariah Mesa Trail. It's located direct to the left of the natural Hot Tub. Very well maintained trail. Highest elevation about 3200. I'd rate it as easy

hiking
3 months ago