Camp Creek to Verde River

4.3/5 (17 reviews)
Carefree, Arizona (Maricopa County)
Last Updated: 06/25/2021
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Trail Information

Highlights

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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Trail Navigation

Trail Reviews

4.3/5 (17 reviews)
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 04/23/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

Great trail, you can take it slow, do steep off shoots. Was super fun. The canyon at the end was awesome. Even had a 2wd go. Never got stuck, just air down.
Trail Review: Camp Creek to Verde River - joshua
Trail Review: Camp Creek to Verde River - joshua
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Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 04/03/2022

Pretty easy trail, the southern half of the trail is a lot of small rock/sand while in tall canyon which is so fun to drive in. The rest is wide open and bumpy and open it up if that’s your thing. Watch out for the occasional dirt bike and and side by side.
Trail Review: Camp Creek to Verde River - Dany Gonzalez
Trail Review: Camp Creek to Verde River - Dany Gonzalez
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Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 02/26/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

I really enjoyed this trail for a few different reasons. This was a good change of pace for me from my normal trails. I usually do a lot of trails that are more rock crawl/hill climb trails. This was very relaxing and I was able to open it up and go pretty fast through the soft sand. The canyon walls were by far the coolest part. It was also really fun picking your own line as you make your way down the toward verde river.
Trail Review: Camp Creek to Verde River - Chris Price
Status: Open
Visited: 01/16/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

This is a very easy trail that starts on the North at Bartlett Lake Road and runs South to the Verde River. The entire trail is in the wash. Half way through you get good views of the canyon walls.
Status: Open
Rated 2/5
Visited: 10/09/2021
Difficulty Accuracy: Easier

A very easy trail, also quite boring. The wash is not scenic and river access is not remarkable. The portapotty submerged in the middle of the river did not help.

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