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.

Took the drive up there...there is a locked gate about halfway that prevents vehicles from accessing the higher potions of this trail. “Open all year” is a bit deceiving. You can get a permit... but good luck.

Fun easy trail, great for first time off roaders. Some fun spots and lots of great scenery and photo opportunities.

Great scenic drive along the park. Has great vista views and doesn't get crowded. Highly recommend the Blue Mesa Trail, Desert Inn for the vista as well as ice cream downstairs, and of course the Petrified Logs in the southern entrance. I didn't stop at all the locations, but these were the stops that I made and would recommend. A very underrated National Park in my opinion.

My kids loved it. Out for a picnic and hike turned out perfect. Water is cold but worth it after the heat.

8.17.18 Payson trails are now open. Did this trail, I dont think I did the same route as other people because I didnt see very much running water, mostly stagnate. I might try it again after a few more days of rain.

Not to bad for my first time in the area.

Love this app!

off road driving
7 days ago

Fun trail to start with lots of wildlife and breathtaking views. This trail, most likely due to the monsoon season, was incredibly technical with a lot of washouts and sharp rocks.

The issue with this trail is it is not marked and has a lot of intersections with no direction. You WILL need to follow the directions exact or you will find yourself in very dangerous territory quick.

You will drive in a few washes with varying difficulty depending on storms. My recommendation is to drive in, stop at the Gila River to eat lunch and take in the views, and drive back the way you came.

off road driving
8 days ago

This is a great trail that requires a 4x4 vehicle to get over some of the rocks. A little rough and bouncy but I find that enjoyable. Take the road slow and enjoy the views. There are many Pink Jeeps on the road and everyone is very respectful of each other. When you get to the vista the views are AMAZING!

Lots of fun, but really rocky! Make sure your tires aren’t going to puncture on this road. Worth the view at the top.

scenic driving
8 days ago

Nice easy drive through the woods. No need for 4WD or high clearance. Definitely not a ‘Moderate’ trail.

off road driving
13 days ago

Well, it's not a groomed dirt road anymore, the summer monsoons have washed the switchbacks and quite a few of the washes out. We went with a group of 4X4 Toyotas and had a blast. Just the right amount of technical with awesome views. The switchbacks put the rigs under some stress as the temps were 105+ but we knew that was a possibility going into it. Lots of cool places to stop and enjoy the scenery, landscape changes galore as you go from low desert to pine. Overall an enjoyable drive and one that would be even better at lower temps. Also, a few places looked like they would be pretty great campsites, not too far from the trail but traffic didn't seem that heavy.

off road driving
13 days ago

Great long trail. It has a couple of spots to get out of you vehicle and walk around, about 4 miles out you can pull over and with a small hike climb up to some beautiful rocks and look out over the valley and cow pies. Great photo ops and a dry creek bead to explore. Take your time, can be very rough at some points, take your time and enjoy the ride. Did this trail in a FJ Cruiser with 3 inch lift. Saw a Hyundai Santa Fe pull it off.

off road driving
15 days ago

Was open last weekend and not a lot of people, super fun

It is a beautiful drive through some great forests. You can still see the damage caused by the wildfires several years ago. Very slow driving because of the many turns.

off road driving
22 days ago

Very rough on the bottom half ,averaged 3mph in a Trialhawk. Half way up it opens to much smoother dirt where all the camping is from the I17 side. Averaged 15mph. Great views, great for Cam-am , lots of pink Jeeps . Great easy course

off road driving
26 days ago

Loved it. Only issue I had was how long it was. Was expecting more “dirt road” type trail for more of the total trail. It was easily 5-6 miles worth of true off-roading. Was happy that I got to put it in low 5 times and crawl up some rocks. Would be awesome after some more rain as there were a lot of dry water crossings. Bring water and pack a lunch. Took my family about 3 hours including a picnic.

Had a great day going across to Sheep Bridge and back to Cave Creek. Worth seeing!

off road driving
28 days ago

Hello all

Going to do this tomorrow with my family in my 4runner. I have a 3 inch lift and am not worried about clearance, however I was wondering if everyone aired down while on this trail? I see that it is very bumpy so I dont want to be bouncing all over the place.

Let me know!

Michael

30 days ago

Also known as Diamond Back Gulch, this is a great trail. Starts off with small rocks on a gravel trail but soon turns into a steep decent into a gulch and then ascent up and out. The trail wasn't cluttered with Pink Jeeps like the other popular trails. This trail could get tricky in the rain/ very wet. Recommend a very capable vehicle or RZR.

Very beautiful and scenic trail. Should be a moderate rating due to some larger rocks sticking out the trail.

Absolutely worth the drive. Some amazing views of the Arizona high desert.

gorgeous views. We saw too many deer to even count. Wow. Can't wait to go back.

best areas to ride back here if your looking for some really challenging side roads. everything is easy going until you start to climb into the mesas and mountains. if you want a cool view over pheonix , take a your first right after veering right after the solar panel stock tank and it will take you to the top of new river Mesa overlooking all of pheonix. beware the road to the top of the mesa is extremely difficult and you need veteran wheeling skills to even attempt the road

Due to the trail being washed out, exposing large rocks and causing other rocks and trees to fall, a decently modified vehicle would be a minimum, even for bypasses.

If you want to get past the creek bed, you will need a more serious off road vehicle or something nimble like a RZR.
The Miner has been dumping boulders on the creek bed making it more like a narrow rock garden with a tight pass at the end.

Obstacles beyond the river bottom are larger due to erosion.

Beautiful!

off road driving
1 month ago

Nice views but trail was very rough. Hard areas even with Toyota 4Runner TRD. High clearance a must. Video on line isn’t accurate of the trail, not an easy trail.

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