Chino-Perkinsville Road

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Running from the Chino Valley in the west across a range of hills to the Verde Valley in the east, Chino-Perkinsville crosses through private property and enters the Prescott National Forest.  On the west end, the road begins in the hamlet of Chino Valley.  The first few miles are paved.  The road transitions to well-maintained dirt with minor washboarding as it traverses vast rolling prairies where pronghorn antelope graze alongside cattle from the region's large ranches.  

Reaching the foothills, the trail enters the Prescott National Forest snaking through a juniper-dominated chaparral landscape.  Atop the range of foothills just before a steep switchback, a surprise pullout with a bench beckons you to stop and admire the views of Verde Valley and the red rocks of the Mogollon Rim.  While you can't make out Sedona, it isn't far away.

The road descends in the Verde Valley and intersects the Jerome-Perkinsville Road just south of the one-lane steel bridge over the Verde River.

Camping is scarce along the road.  However, an excellent site with views west of the top of the switchbacks can accommodate several vehicles.