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Dead Horse Ranch State Park Ride

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.8 (28) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A little known trail that can compete with Sedona.


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Map Key

13.9

Miles

22.3

KM

80%

Singletrack

4,302' 1,311 m

High

3,319' 1,012 m

Low

1,211' 369 m

Up

1,210' 369 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

22%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

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

Shared By:

Hillary Mathis

Trail Ratings

  3.8 from 28 votes

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  3.8 from 28 votes
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Photos

Bike packing in a hammock with a view of city lights
Nov 24, 2020 near Cottonwood, AZ
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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Apr 22, 2021
Mark Nasky
Bones up 17.5mi — 2h 15m
Mar 28, 2021
Tyler Cande
Rocky but fun! 13.9mi — 2h 04m
Mar 20, 2021
victor thompson
22.2mi — 2h 30m
Mar 18, 2021
Bobby Lee
Being from PA, I felt at home with the rocky sections. These trails have it all...climbing, downhills, drops, berms, rocks, and more. 17.7mi — 1h 53m
Nov 26, 2020
Matt Verona
Jul 3, 2020
Hanne Hlr
May 24, 2020
Zachh Williams
Feb 23, 2020
Noel Peck