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General Information: This is a drive through scenic desert country where you'll see colorful canyons, lush oases, picturesque ranches, and out of the way Indian ruins. The route skirts the lower elevations of Arizona's rim country where red rock canyons spill out from under thick basalt flows. The road cuts two of these canyons and offers access to a third along the way.

Roadside signs point the way to a number of hiking trails and a few spur roads leading off into the back country. There is a campground and picnic area at Wet Beaver Creek Crossing and another along West Clear Creek at route's end. A primitive road leads to an undeveloped campground and recreation area at the mouth of West Clear Creek Canyon. A short side trip leads to Montezuma's Well National Monument, a large spring surrounded by cultural sites.

Keep an eye out for road runners, coyotes and javelinas as you drive. The road is a bit rough, but if you go slow it's not too bad.

Elevation: 6,000 Feet

Elevation Gain: 1,000 Feet

Distance: 130 Miles

Directions: From Flagstaff, Drive 45 miles south on I-17 to the AZ 179 exit. Turn east, under the highway onto FR 618. Follow this road along the base of the Mogollon Rim 13 miles to FH 9 (the General Crook Road) and turn west (right) 9 miles back to I-17. It's 60 miles back to Flagstaff.

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Telephone Number: 928-527-3600
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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