New River Canyon

Location: North of Phoenix and Carefree, southeast of Black Canyon City.

Difficulty: Moderate.

Description: 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.
This trail passes through beautiful high Sonoran Desert into the Tonto National Forest. State Trust Land permit is required.

Time & Distance: About 20 miles through New River Canyon, 13 miles of gravel road and 23 miles of pavement. Allow 5 to 6 hours.

Trail Conditions: Tonto N.F., Cave Creek Ranger District. Call (480) 595-3300.


Excessive Heat Warning

2:39 PM MDT on July 20, 2018
8:00 PM MST on July 25, 2018
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Saturday 07/21/2018 20%
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Intervals of clouds and sunshine. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High around 100F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph.
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Sunday 07/22/2018 0%
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Some clouds in the morning will give way to mainly sunny skies for the afternoon. High near 105F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph.
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Monday 07/23/2018 0%
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Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 109F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.
Tuesday 07/24/2018 0%
Sunny. High 111F. ESE winds shifting to WSW at 10 to 15 mph.
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Wednesday 07/25/2018 0%
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Sunshine and clouds mixed. High around 110F. SSE winds shifting to WSW at 10 to 15 mph.


Directions to the Trail: Get off I-17 at Table Mesa Road exit 236.


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Get yourself and your TOY ready for the trip: Make sure both you and your vehicle are ready for your next adventure.

Before you venture out on your offroading trip you need to make sure you are prepared for emergencies. Even if nothing happens to you or your vehicle, you might come across someone who needs help. Short of always having your full-on Bug-Out-Bag with you, you should at least have some basic emergency items. It might seem obvious to some, but you should get yourself a tool box with appropriate tools and leather gloves, good first aid kit, fire extinguisher, set of jumper cables, emergency blankets (stored in heavy plastic bag – both are useful), flashlight, tow strap and some extra water. I would also suggest a recovery strap, a military folding shovel, heavy duty garbage bags, and a hand crank self powered weather radio. These items are not expensive, but they just might save your day.

Another thing you should definitely do before you leave is to save Joe’s number in your cellphone in case you find yourself in need of recovery in the middle of nowhere. Joe is the owner of Arizona 4×4 Off Road Recovery and has become a real hero to many in the Arizona offroad community. His number is (602) 697-8306.


If you’re ready for a next adventure and want to plan it right, check out some of these trail guides – Arizona has so many awesome destinations to explore!




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