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

off road driving
16 hours ago

such a fun little drive. Took my Renegade up to Roosevelt Lake for lunch with my family and the views were amazing. Lots of green this time of year and the weather was unbeatable. A good mix of pavement and dirt, perfect for any car really.

off road driving
rocky
22 hours ago

Did this trail with DH on March 22. The road is still blocked off about 1 mile before the TH. We parked by the gate and walked in. Hiked clockwise. Trail really muddy and wet for the first part (lots of melting snow). Then as we descended down the mountain, lots of snow. Sometimes 2-3 feet deep. Tricky at times, but do-able. My poles really helped. (BTW, this part is narrow and steep drop offs, but I did it and I have a healthy fear of heights). Climb back up was dry, but very tiring. We are 55 and 62 years old, in fair shape and we were exhausted by the end but the views all along are outstanding!! Total hike from our parked truck and back was almost 4 hours. Definitely a challenging hike, but rewarding. Tips: wear waterproof hiking boots; go slow and careful, take lots of water.

hiking
4 days ago

Very highly trafficked area. The trails are very short but it does have some nice views. I would recommend this hike for a sunset hike

hiking
off trail
4 days ago

nice drive for a high clearance vehicle

took Cave Creek rd in and went down to Sheeps Bridge. Came out thru Bloody Basin rd to I-17. It was late evening when we started and dark by the time we got out to I-17. Good trip and decent roads.

Dry with some creek fords, some road maintenance going on, but all in all a smooth passage, with very little traffic, and lots of photo ops. While there may be times when four wheel drive is not absolutely necessary, it would not be the same kind of fun.

off road driving
rocky
6 days ago

Not a bad little half day trip from Phx. Exposed rocks the last mile or so. Windy up top. Overall a nice little city escape.

off road driving
8 days ago

Trail is not complicated at all. I would imagine any 4x4 can make it. The road to the 188 has nice views and smoother than the 143 and happened to have some snow on it. Once you make it to that town there is a diner, a bar, a hardware store,and grocery store all in one. Great staff and food was good. You end up about 20 miles from Payson. Recommend for a scenic drive

17 Tacoma Off-Road
4x4
stock height
265/75/16 Wildpeak AT3

muddy
rocky
8 days ago

It's an ok trail in the right season. The flowers and waterfalls right now made it worth the trip. Only needed 4lo a couple times, mostly to go slow over the rocky parts. 3/15/19.

mountain biking
11 days ago

Fun off-road cycling, gotta have fat tires & low pressure. Washboard on loop is pretty harsh.

New drive. Great views. Recent snow in the area had water in the drainages. Some mud along the high part of the loop but nothing extreme. Allow several hours for the loop of traveling by non OHV vehicle.

off road driving
19 days ago

Is there a website with up to date status of the Four Peaks road other than here? Drove out there today, & it was closed. Would have been nice to know before I went. Thanks!

off road driving
21 days ago

Sunday March 3rd. Road closed. rode about 3 miles from first staging area on four peaks Rd and gates are locked. 2 weeks ago there was heavy snow fall. Ranger we talked to on trail said trail condition wasn't very good. we took trails going towards Saguaro Lake and rode 30 mile loop. some Rocky hills, but most of the trails were fairly smooth and easy.

tried to go up today but the road is still closed . I'm assuming from the snow this last couple weeks

The scenic drive is off road and when I mean off road I mean it can be really off road at times. There are warnings signs that certain vehicles shouldn't attempt it. The path was much bumpier and rough than I anticipated. I had a 4wd Yukon so it tackled it well but you gotta crawl if in a sedan or low clearance vehicle. There was snow recently so parts of the drive were very muddy. The turnoff viewpoints were spectacular, there was only 1 or 2 spots where locals had gifts and souvenirs for sale. a good experience overall.

what a trail...

first let me preface this by saying I did this trail on 20FEB2019 - The trail was covered in fresh powder, not a soul had been up or down since it started snowing the day prior and I saw everyone in front of me turning around at CK rock and telling me not to go because of the conditions. I was also warned my the first and game warden as to the conditions. I'd like to think I'm not an idiot however, I proved myself wrong by proceeding through the trail, which wasn't bad at first and the trail was kinda' wide and I was thinking to myself "why are so many people not going this way? just because it's fresh powder and you can't see 'the trail' portion?" as I start to wind around the hills I could see why no one wanted anything to do with this trail on this particular day. I found myself many times going uncomfortably close to the edge where I'm honestly thinking that a few more inches could've been the difference between life and death. However, because I'm an idiot, I was attracted and started flirting with that feeling - here comes the riverbed... not only did I have to leave my rig to get out and stack and remove rocks and stones, the river water was freezing and all I had was some wool socks and Merrell hiking boots... so I'm crawling up and through this riverbed by the gentlemans property and out comes this dog and I'm wondering if the owner is near by... yup, he sure was and didn't say a thing as he watched in awe as my Tundra did it's thing with ease. the next portion is a few hair pin turns and grades steeper than my Tundra bargained for but after a few attempts we kept on pushin'...

now I'm in the thick of things, gradual inclines and declines with no lines to follow and I'm cutting the trail like it's my job to do so - attempt after attempt at times - here comes another Creek crossing although this time I'm faced with quite the incline and I realize that I'm in a little bit of trouble...

A few cuss words and a prayer later, up comes this Ford Raptor, 2 Door Jeep Rubicon, and a Dodge Ram the size of a football field. the gentlemen inside the Raptor were Uber friendly and so was the occupant of the Jeep and Ram. They've been talking about the ease of the trail and how probably ten or more people have come this way already and I had to show them that I'm the only one who has been cutting this trail and when they saw that, they were flabbergasted and we spoke amongst each other and decided that at some point we would allow the Jeep to jump in front of the raptor and my Tundra and start cutting the trail since he's got lockers (both) front and rear, much lighter, and a winch if he's in a pinch. so we found a spot about 20.1 miles in and we let him bypass and he starts cutting the trail, well in doing so his lockers start to fail on him and disengage, the snow (at this point) was not only falling (again) it was a good 22-28 inches deep at points and I believe his differentials didn't like that. he attempted to turn a corner that climbed around a hair pin turn and was unable to do so, it was at that time we all spoke amongst ourselves and decided that if the Jeep couldn't make it up and around that we would love to drive another day. we were so close to completing what would've been a drop in the bucket (otherwise); it hurt my machismo and we ended up traveling almost 7 total hours on that trail because of the conditions. I was beyond upset coming back because the trail was Uber pronounced at this point and super easy to navigate. I bet a 2WD vehicle would've been about to get back at that point.

needless to say if you'd like to challenge yourself and your vehicle, just wait until it dumps again and take that trek and see how you fare. it's most definitely got it's pucker moments during snow fall... it's super gorgeous up there as well and everything took a look on to it and for a long while I forgot I was even in the back country of Arizona

hiking
off trail
25 days ago

ended doing the Rolls East as well nice tall

off road driving
26 days ago

Beautiful easy drive, some nice pull out areas to take pictures camp, have lunch etc. Great examples of different biomes here in Arizona. Did the trail in late Feb. and had decent weather a little chilly but nice. Great views of the valley. Would recommend doing this as a long day trip starting at 143 going to Roosevelt lake, then going down 188 to do Apache Trailing coming back to phoenix for a nice big loop.

we we're so excited for this trail since it was supposed to go straight through to the 188 but it's closed 1/4 of the way through. I don't know if it's just because of the amount of snow that fell this past few days or what but we arrived to the gate and law enforcement there writing tickets to the few on ATVs on the other side of the gate.

Hopefully the gate opens at again soon but right now it's an extremely busy dirt road. Again, I'm assuming its because of the snow.

Incredible views on this drive & the road was easy to navigate

We hiked the cactus wren and man I’ll trails it was great. The weather was cool and the views were wonderful. The trails were very easy.

scenic driving
1 month ago

Trail and markers are unclear; you have to rely on GPS and pay premium to download the map (unless you know the area). Went during mid Feb and we were the only souls in sight. Overall fun experience but if you're looking for a scenic route during this time of year just drive South Mountain Preserve in Phoenix. There will be more traffic but it offers a longer ride up the terrain, multiple forks in the road for exploring, and clear trail heads with a gorgeous view at the top.

hiking
rocky
snow
1 month ago

off road driving
blowdown
over grown
rocky
washed out
1 month ago

Just tried to complete this trail on February 17, 2019 we went clockwise so at the Y instead of taking a left we took a right brand new maverick X.3 two of them went all the way down to the rocky section in the bottom of the creek but could not make it up the hill and head towards the mind it is not a straight through trail so if you’re going to complete this trail going to the mine you need to take a left after the cattle guard

off road driving
1 month ago

Good trail lots of side sxs and atv,, went right after a big storm and the river was flowing and it made for a good muddy ride.

muddy
rocky
snow
1 month ago

2/17/19. Pretty easy trail except for the river by the mining operations and a shelf a couple miles past the mine. The by pass by the mine would probably be a lot easier if it was dry as you'd be able to see where to place your tires and not slip off. At the shelf we did stack some rocks but still slid off and banged the skid plate pretty hard. We did this run in a slightly lifted Regular Cab Tacoma with 32" tires and only banged the skids 3 or 4 times.

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