Dead Horse Ranch State Park Ride

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Trail

13.9 Miles 22.3 Kilometers


80%

Singletrack

1,211' 369 m

Ascent

-1,210' -369 m

Descent

4,302' 1,311 m

High

3,319' 1,012 m

Low

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

22%

Max Grade (12°)

Unknown

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A little known trail that can compete with Sedona.

Hillary Mathis

Overview

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.

Description

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.

Contacts

Land Manager: Arizona State Parks

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Apr 14, 2017
Michael Castaneda
Another great 13 mile ride. 14mi
Apr 8, 2017
Alexander Roth
Apr 5, 2017
Jeffrey Taylor
fun ride; don't forget the sun block 15mi
Feb 4, 2017
Rachel Campbell
10.4mi
Oct 31, 2016
Darrell Hingle
13.9mi
Apr 24, 2016
Matt Hage
Solid intermediate ride. — 2h 00m
Jan 4, 2016
ken umphrey
2h 46m

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  3.7 from 10 votes

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Very good trail, rode Bones to Upper Raptor to Rust Bucket to Thumper to Lime Kiln. Bones was really fun, Upper Raptor has some difficult techinical climbs. Rust Bucket was fun, Thumper and Lime Kiln were awesome. NOT RECOMMENDED FOR BEGINNERS, dozens of 1-2' drops Dec 25, 2015


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


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