Bloody Basin West

Mayer, Arizona (Yavapai County)

Last Updated: 08/21/2019
3 / 5 ( 1 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 3.3 miles
Highest Elevation: 3832 feet
Duration: About 20 minutes
Shape of Trail: Connector
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Mayer
Nearest Town w/ Services: Prescott
Official Road Name: 73
Management Agency: Bureau of Land Management
District: Phoenix Office


Highlight: Bloody Basin West
Located in central Arizona, West Bloody Basin Road was vital to ranchers and miners before paved roads were introduced into this wide valley. Driving along the winding desert road today, you will still see ranchers with large stock trailers moving cattle to market or greener pastures. Located almost exclusively on BLM land, it is common to see branded cattle grazing among flowering prickly pear cactus. The trail contours along gently sloping hills leading you away from the speeding traffic of the nearby interstate and back in time to a slower-paced era. High points offer impressive views of the nearby Bradshaw Mountains, home to many turn-of-the-century mining operations. To the southeast, the canvas-tan, dried grass flatlands of Perry Mesa and the Agua Fria National Monument are often in view.


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1. Trailhead From Interstate 17 (0 mi)
The road turns from pavement to dirt as you cross a cattle guard. A small air down area is left of the trailhead.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Phoenix, Arizona

Drive north on Interstate 17. Take exit 259 (Bloody Basin Road) and turn west to the trailhead.



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Wade May

Hi! I'm Wade. After 43 years as a pilot, split evenly between flying fighters for the Air Force and Boeing 737s for the airlines, my feet are firmly planted on the ground. Seems I spent a lot of my flying time looking out the cockpit window thinking, "Yep, I could drive that trail." My trips range from a few days to a month. Most are solo in my silver 4Runner named Bullit. We range over all the southwest exploring remote places and trying to get as much dirt under the wheels as possible. Occasionally I get in some hiking, backpacking, and bushcraft as well. My most ambitious Overlanding plans include a trip to Tuktoyaktuk and Dead Horse when travel restrictions permit. Sharing my experiences as a member of the Trails Offroad crew, instructing at Overland Expo, and hosting the Gaia GPS Offroad podcast are true pleasures. Hope to see you on the trail soon.
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