Hart Well Canyon

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Hart Well Canyon FR525D is a short out-and-back trail that begins at an intersection with FR 525, Loy Butte Road. This easy dirt trail should be manageable by most vehicles in 2WD.

The most challenging section is at the beginning of the trail. A smooth uphill climb leads to a large scenic overlook. From here, you can see the red rocks for miles around, including Casner Mountain to the northwest, Loy Butte to the north, Lost Mountain to the northeast, and Bear Mountain to the east. Catch the sun during the evening golden hour, and you have yourself a magnificent photo backdrop.

The trail then takes you on a quick descent to the bottom of Hart Well Canyon. The trail ends at the Northern Arizona University Southwest Experimental Garden Array. Research is conducted here on the ability of plants and animals to adapt to drought and climate change. This is a closed area, not open to the public.

While no camping or campfires are permitted along this trail, the main trail, FR 525, has multiple designated camping areas available.