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Dead Horse Ranch State Park Ride



13.9 mile 22.3 kilometer loop
80% Singletrack


Ascent: 1,211' 369 m
Descent: -1,210' -369 m
High: 4,302' 1,311 m
Low: 3,319' 1,012 m


Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 22% (12°)


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Trail shared by Hillary Mathis

A little known trail that can compete with Sedona.

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Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown

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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.

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Family Friendly, ADA Accessible, Dogs Allowed, Features, Electic Mountain Bikes Allowed, History & Background


Land Manager: Arizona State Parks

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May 24, 2020
Zachh Williams
Feb 23, 2020
Noel Peck
Jan 31, 2020
Kona Pusher
Nov 26, 2019
Jay Holsten
Just great! The upper section seems well broken in, even if a bit loose.
Nov 7, 2019
Sean Terrillion
12.3mi — 2h 03m
Oct 28, 2019
Kate Wilson
Lime kiln doesn't take you to the end as per the map! 14.7mi — 2h 38m
Oct 28, 2019
Brian Vaughn
Decent ride. 15.3mi — 2h 30m
May 23, 2019
Mitch Schulz

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Rattlesnake Wash Overlook
Jul 26, 2013 near Cottonwood, AZ
Moving into the rust bucket
Jan 19, 2018 near Cottonwood, AZ
Singletrack on Rust Bucket descent.
May 8, 2016 near Cottonwood, AZ
Looking down Lower Raptor.
May 8, 2016 near Cottonwood, AZ

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