Hart Prairie

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4.8/5 (16 reviews)
Flagstaff, Arizona (Coconino County)
Last Updated: 12/31/2023
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Forming the west leg of the “Around the Peaks” loop, Hart Prairie Road is an Arizona gem. The eponymous Hart Prairie sits east of Fern Mountain at the midpoint of this drive and offers superb views and the finest ecological beauty in the Flagstaff area. Aspen groves, alpine meadows, springs, diverse terrain, and varied ecosystems flank the trail. Fern Mountain offers a short and beautiful hike with sweeping views of the San Francisco Peaks. The road is also part of the “Hart Prairie Loop” mountain biking trail. Quite a few lucky private property owners, including a youth camp and The Nature Conservancy, enjoy the west slope of the Peaks via this road.


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4.8/5 (17)
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Seasonal Closure
Rated 5/5
Visited: 12/31/2023

Seasonal closure for winter is in effect.
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Seasonal Closure
Visited: 12/30/2023

Closed per USFS.
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/13/2023

This trail is so gorgeous in fall. We ran this to get to the Bear Jaw hiking trail, which is my favorite on the peaks. The picture is from Bear Jaw, not the trail.
Trail Review: Hart Prairie - Ben Ruddell
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Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/09/2023
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Fun way to extend the behind the peaks loop. Very easy trail that can be driven in just about any vehicle. Not as scenic as behind the peaks but it beats pavement.
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Visited: 06/29/2023

Trail was open and in great condition. Lots of great camping locations. Be sure to slow down when you are passing campsites so that you don't flood them with dust.

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