LR Scottsdale 1st 2004 Event
Meet at SWC Carefree Highway and Scottsdale Road (Albertson's shopping plaza). Note that there is NOT a gas station at this corner, so gas up on the way. Difficulty: Easy, except two deep water crossings of the Verde River Length: Full day This is the first trip of 2004 sponsored by Land Rover Scottsdale. We will head north from Carefree up through Seven Springs, then turn east down to Sheep Bridge, the only bridge in the world built primarily to move sheep for grazing areas. We will cross the Verde River, and head south and recross the Verde River, ending up in Carefree again. This trip offers two crossings of the Verde River. The rest of the trail is mostly easy. Great scenery, and a great chance to practice river crossings. Please confirm your attendence by calling Amy Skrocki at LR Scottsdale (480) 990-7900 or by calling me direct. Land Rover Scottsdale offers these trips complimentary.
Twenty one air miles northeast of Cave Creek, Arizona, in the Bloody Basin area of the Tonto National Forest, the Verde River makes a Z-shaped bend between two prominent rock out croppings. There, in 1943, Flagstaff Sheep Company, which had been grazing sheep in the area since 1926, constructed a cable suspension bridge to provide safe passage for it's sheep across the river. In 1988, weakened by years of service and floods, the bridge was dismantled. A year later, a new structure of similar design was erected on the site, even though sheep ranching was no longer carried out in the area. It provides hikers, horseback riders, and hunters access into the Mazatzal Wilderness, located a few miles east of the Verde River.
This is a great trail for beginners not looking for too much challenge. The trail is very dusty but it is unlikely you will get scratches or damage to your Rover.