Bloody Basin Trail

Dated: October 28 2020

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Arizona has so much to offer if you love the outdoors. One of the many adventures to choose from is to travel the numerous rough but scenic trails. Ever heard of The Bloody Basin Trail?

Bloody Basin is an area along the Verde River that supposedly got its name from the Battle of Turret Peak in 1873. The Verde River in Arizona is said to be the only river which has never run dry in recorded history.

Most people drive this route to see the impressive Sheep Bridge at the end. The original bridge was used to get a herd of 11,000 sheep across the river from 1943 to 1979.  It was torn down in 1988 and replaced by a newer footbridge.


It is rumoured that Al Capon stayed in this area to hide from the feds.


This Jeep trail is almost 40 miles on a so-so graded road.  The section from Cave Creek Road to Bloody Basin is the rockiest, although it is not difficult. According to, allow 2.5 hours each way to complete the 36 mile trail. Allow all day if going out and back in one day.


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