Dead Horse Ranch State Park Ride

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13.9 Miles 22.3 Kilometers



1,211' 369 m


-1,210' -369 m


4,302' 1,311 m


3,319' 1,012 m



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Max Grade (12°)

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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.

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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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Oct 31, 2016
Darrell Hingle
Apr 24, 2016
Matt Hage
Solid intermediate ride. — 2h 00m
Jan 4, 2016
ken umphrey
2h 46m
Dec 21, 2015
Emily Murray
Fun, worth riding again 14.5mi
Apr 18, 2015
Karen Stockton
Mar 14, 2015
David Hitchcock
Oct 26, 2014
John Myers
Nice ride. We took bones up for a nice technical climb. Did the rest of loop as described. 14mi — 1h 45m

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Just got home from this one for the first time. EXCELLENT TRAIL!!!! I am a very experienced XC rider and on my single speed this trail had plenty of climbing, awesome descents that kept me on my toes and scenery that was a nice change. The trail itself is routed cleverly and seems like it was built by riders. If found it on this site which also rocks. Thanks! Jun 19, 2014

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

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