Elden Springs Road

Flagstaff, Arizona (Coconino County)

Last Updated: 05/17/2020
3 / 5 ( 3 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 4.55 miles
Highest Elevation: 8000 feet
Duration: About 20 minutes
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Flagstaff
Nearest Town w/ Services: Flagstaff
Official Road Name: 556 Elden Springs Rd
Management Agency: Coconino National Forest
District: Flagstaff Ranger District


Highlight: Elden Springs Road
Located in Flagstaff and the Coconino National Forest, Elden Springs Road is a short connector road up the eastern flank of Mount Elden that many will find useful. It is the third way to get to the high-elevation trailheads and mountain biking of Schultz Pass (along with Schultz Pass Rd. from the east and west). It is the best way to get up there from the east side of Flagstaff or from the interstate. There is also access to horse trails along Elden Springs Rd, and a fun rock garden for kids to play on is at the trailhead at Waypoint 4. This is an ordinary forest road accessible by all kinds of vehicles in good weather. A gate may close the road during deep snow conditions, but it will otherwise be open year-round.


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1. Trailhead at US-89 (0 mi)
Five miles past the Country Club exit on US-89 north out of Flagstaff, turn west/left at the Elden Springs Rd sign. This is Waypoint 1, and the start of FR556.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Flagstaff, Arizona - Country Club exit off of I-40

Take US-89 roughly five miles north to the well-marked turnoff signed “Elden Springs Rd”. Turn west/left onto 556/Elden Springs Road. This is the trailhead.


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Ben Ruddell

Mapping Crew - Arizona

Ben is an Engineering PhD and Civil Engineer living in Flagstaff with a family of seven. He grew up car camping in Michigan, and later in Southern Illinois. By way of Utah, Southeast Alaska, Michigan, Illinois, and for eight years in Phoenix, He now lives in Flagstaff, AZ and spends summers in Durango, CO. His favorite weekends are spent exploring a new trail or route, usually with the intent of scoring a nice day hike or short overnight car camp with his kids. He frequently finds that his maps are out of date or that roads are impassable without specialized equipment, and wants to create better information for himself and other enthusiasts in his backyard, the 4 corners region of AZ, CO, NM, an UT.
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