New River Canyon
**** CANCELLED FOR 2/22/2020 ***
**** TO BE RESCHEDULED - NEW DATE PENDING ***
SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS AND FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS FOR THIS AREA FROM 5AM-11PM ON SATURDAY, 02/22/2020
Meet at 8am
Leaving meeting area by 8:30am
We will be meeting at the dirt parking lot area on the corner of N Cave Creek Rd & Bartlet Dam Rd at 8am and will depart no later than 8:30. We’ll drive a couple of miles in and, for those of you that want to, have an opportunity to air down.
Bring some lunch, plenty of water, and sunscreen.
The large boulders photo shown on the event page is about our 1/2 way point, and is a great spot to stop for lunch.
It will be a full day on a beautiful, scenic trail, and we should be returning to pavement at Table Mesa Rd & I-17 between 3-4pm barring any unforeseen circumstances, but with 8 vehicles, things can always take a little longer than expected.
CB Channel 4
Passes through beautiful high Sonoran Desert into the Tonto National Forest. State Trust Land permit required may be required. Steep rocky climbs and washed-out conditions. Suitable for aggressive stock SUVs with high ground clearance and good articulation. Skid plates recommended. New River is often dry but can be deep after heavy rains. Remote backcountry; don’t go alone. Map
Special Attractions: Agua Fria National Monument and Agua Fria River; Panoramic views of Bloody Basin and the surrounding mountains. High-clearance 4WDs are required. This trail has either a rough, rutted surface, rocks up to 9 inches, mud and deep sand that may be impassable for inexperienced drivers, or stream crossings up to 18 inches deep. Certain sections may be steep enough to cause traction problems, and you may encounter very narrow shelf roads with steep drop-offs and tight clearance between rocks or trees
Stock vehicles are ok for this easy to moderate trail in dry conditions.