New River Mesa

Scout Route
4/5 (2 reviews)

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New River Mesa, FR 17, is an out and back trail that offers several opportunities for secluded camping and great photography along the mesa's eastern and southern edges. The trail starts easy and remains so for the first two miles. Once you turn west into the gate to go up on the mesa, the trail becomes more challenging and bumpy. Up on the mesa, sections of the trail become difficult to follow. Sometimes, the main trail is washed out, and you must work around the damage. The trail has faded into grass and scrub growth in other areas. The payoff is fantastic views south in the Valley of the Sun.