Dead Horse Ranch State Park Ride

 11 votes

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

Update

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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Jun 18, 2017
Molly Harris
Only rode inner loop but found it fun and flowy. Good option for a late afternoon ride
May 20, 2017
Jade Suster
16mi
Apr 26, 2017
Kenji Tatsumi
Started riding at 5:30am to get an early start so we can drive on
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

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  3.6 from 11 votes

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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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