Much of this long trip passes through Agua Fria National Monument. Take time for side trips to see archaeological sites and petroglyphs shown on map. The highest point of the trip nears 5,000 feet, where you’ll enjoy expansive views on a clear day. Non-street-legal vehicles are allowed throughout the area. There are natural hot springs hidden in thick brush below and slightly north of the bridge on the west side.
Submitted by Matthew
First, this is 37.5 miles one way from Hwy 17. You can top of your gas tank at Cordes Junction, exit 262 before you start. This trip will take you all day. The road is well-graded gravel road until you get to the creek crossing at Indian Creek. That was the deepest creek crossing of the trip. From there the road is good but starts to get bumpy and you will pass through some beautiful country. The road continues to be rougher in some spots until you reach the creek crossing near Dougan Ranch and then the road becomes very rough. From here you will proceed much more slowly until you arrive at the Sheep’s Bridge. The bridge is worth the trip. There are a few information monuments that give information on the bridge. While this was a long trip, everyone felt it was worth it and I would wholeheartedly agree. We did exit back through Bloody Basin Road. I would rate this as an easy run that can be done in even an SUV.