Blue Grade Road

Camp Verde, Arizona (Yavapai County)

Last Updated: 07/09/2021
4 / 5 ( 2 reviews )
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Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Length: 8.87 miles
Highest Elevation: 5454 feet
Duration: About 1 hour
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Camp Verde
Nearest Town w/ Services: Camp Verde
Official Road Name: 689
Management Agency: Coconino National Forest
District: Red Rock Ranger Station
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Highlight: Blue Grade Road
In 1864, President Lincoln tasked Lt Col J. Francis Chavez to escort the new territorial governor of Arizona from Santa Fe, New Mexico to Prescott, Arizona. Unfortunately, there was no road between the two cities. One major obstacle was the descent off Arizona's Mogollon Rim into the Verde Valley. Chavez's navigation skills led to a stage route and thus was born the path of the Blue Grade Road. Today's hearty traveler can exit the interstate and climb the scenic Blue Grade in far more comfort than those who once negotiated the rocky passage in a rickety stagecoach. With excellent views along the way, the road leads you up from the lush area of Wet Beaver Creek area into a pine and juniper forest. Located in the Coconino National Forest, be on the lookout for elk, deer, bear, and wild turkeys. And yes, this is also cattle country, so watch out for cows on the road as well as where you step.



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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
Turn north onto the Blue Grade Road, also called FR 699.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 34.685400, -111.736623

Starting Point: Camp Verde, Arizona

Go north on Interstate 17 to Exit 298. Proceed east a half-mile to the trailhead.



Trail Reviews (4)

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Coconino National Forest has lifted the Stage 3 closures. Trails are now open.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Temporary Closure
Offroaded on:
The Coconino National Forest has issued a closure order for all recreational use of the Coconino National Forest due to extreme fire danger. This order will be in effect at 8:00 AM on Wednesday, June 23, 2021, and shall remain in effect until September 1, 2021, or until rescinded, whichever occurs first.

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
. I wanted to take an easy road to test out a bone stock GX while heading north up Into the pines. This road seemed like a logical choice. This road surprised me a bit for its scenic value- it was very pretty. Paved in the north and plenty of great camping on the north side as well!

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
Offroaded on:
Love old trails with a history. This is a fun drive. Turn east on Stoneman Lake Road and look for the sign on the north side of the road that chronicles the Chaves Expedition that created the route for this trail.

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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. Sharing my experiences as a member of the Trails Offroad crew is a true pleasure. Hope to see you on the trail soon.
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