Camp Creek to Verde River

Carefree, Arizona (Maricopa County)

Last Updated: 06/25/2021
4.2 / 5 ( 9 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Permit Information: Permit Required - Click Here
Length: 10.8 miles
Highest Elevation: 2641 feet
Duration: About 2 hours
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: East
Nearest Town: Carefree
Nearest Town w/ Services: Carefree
Official Road Name: FR 413
Management Agency: Tonto National Forest
District: Cake Creek District


Highlight: Camp Creek to Verde River
Close to Phoenix and fun! This offroad trail follows the Camp Creek Wash to the Needle Rock Recreation Area on the Verde River. As you progress down the sandy trail, the wash narrows, and cliffs rise above you into a narrow canyon. There are many opportunities to stop and explore by foot or rest for lunch under the towering cliffs. When you reach the end of the trail, you will enter the Needle Rock Recreation Area, a popular swimming hole in the summer. There are plenty of opportunities for fishing, kayaking, or just enjoying the beautiful riparian scenery.


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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
Pull off to the south side of Forest Service Road 205 at the Camp Creek Wash. The wash is a wide sandy wash with plenty of room to air down. Head south and east following the wash, there are many side trails in the beginning section of the trail but they all generally follow the obvious wash.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Carefree, AZ, Cave Creek Road

From the town of Carefree, head east on Cave Creek Road for 6 miles. Turn right onto Bartlett Dam Rd/Srv Rd 205 and continue on this road for 2.8 miles until you intersect a large north/south running wash. Pull off the highway to the south into the wash and begin the trail by continuing south through the wash.



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Bobby Nelson

Mapping Crew - Arizona

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