Carr Canyon Trail

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If steep ledges, narrow switchback roads, and sheer drops get your blood pumping, this trail is for you! The Carr Canyon Road was built in the late 1800s to support the Reef Townsite and several gold and silver mines in the area. The road was reconstructed in the 1930s to support vehicle traffic and remains a popular attraction. Follow Forest Road 386 for approximately seven miles of winding switchbacks to reach the turnaround point. Driving Forest Road 386 is relatively mild, but a few rough sections are not well maintained. The trail climbs for 2,244 feet and tops out at 7,419 feet above sea level. The drive rewards travelers with spectacular views of the San Pedro Valley. There are several dispersed campsites along the route that are first-come, first-serve. Two National Forest Service campgrounds are also located at the top of Carr Canyon. These are the Reef Townsite Campground and the Ramsey Vista Campground. Reservations are not required for these campsites, but they cost $15 per night.