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Dead Horse Ranch State Park Ride

 16 votes


13.9 Miles 22.3 Kilometers




1,211' 369 m


-1,210' -369 m



Avg Grade (2°)


Max Grade (12°)

4,302' 1,311 m


3,319' 1,012 m



All Clear 34 days ago
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A little known trail that can compete with Sedona.

Hillary Mathis


The upper part of this trail is new and waiting for people to break it in. The entire trail is exposed and best ridden in the spring and fall. The uphill sections of the trail are fairly smooth. Thumper trail is fast and flowy. Lime Kiln is a blast going down, even with the few techy sections. Limme Kiln is all rideable for intermediate and advanced riders with a couple parts that beginners may have to walk.

Need to Know

There is a $6/day fee to drive into Dead Horse Ranch State Park. The trail is at the far end of the tent camping area.


The trail is best ridden starting the lower loop in a clockwise direction and riding the trail as a figure eight. All the lower trails are marked with signs. Start your ride on the Lower Raptor Hill trail. This will be all climbing. Continue on the Upper Raptor Hill trail. When you get to the top you'll turn on to Rusty Bucket. Be prepared for a bumpy downhill.

Rusty Bucket ends on a jeep road. Take this down to the center of the 8 and continue on Thumper. Thumper is fast and flowy. Have a blast.

Take Thumper to Lime Kiln and blast back down to the park. There is a little spur called Rattlesnake Wash Overlook Spur towards the end, off of Lime Kiln, that has a nice view looking south.


Land Manager: Arizona State Parks

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Feb 12, 2018
jeff gehlhausen
The first 5 miles were uphill rock crawling 13.9mi
Feb 9, 2018
Michael Greenblatt
Jan 11, 2018
Ralph Winebarger
Jan 8, 2018
Natalie Mendoza
Jan 2, 2018
Stefanie Long
I think this trail is much harder than a standard Blue...lots of uphill with a lot of steps, much more technical than described.
Dec 20, 2017
Justin Price
Nov 25, 2017
Tonya Nolan
Sep 28, 2017
Tenzin Chuteng

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Great ride, awesome trail. Loved the technical grind to the top of the mesa. If I had to do it again I would have gone up Rust Bucket and down Upper Raptor, it looked like an incredible downhill.... Mar 4, 2016
Just rode here for the past two days. Yes this is the big rain/snow weekend with multie feet of snow at flagstaff. . Trail.conditiins are superb even a few hours after a huge rain. Rocks were dry or not too wet. Limited mud with the thick clay under the desert terrain. Love camping and riding here Jan 21, 2017
Definitely DOES NOT compete with Sedona. The Raptor sections are pretty much 2 star. Parts of Rust Bucket are a lot of fun: definite 4 star, but other parts (double track) are no better than 2 star. Lime Kiln was fun: 3-4 star. I don't think that I would go back to the area often; Sedona isn't that much farther, and the riding is incomparably better. Maybe on my way there I might stop. May 11, 2017

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