Blue River Trail - # 101

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

**NOTICE** - The Northwest portion of the Blue Range Primitive Area where this trail is located has been affected by the Wallow Fire of June 2011. The area is currently open to public use and entry - HOWEVER – some trails may not have been assessed or recently maintained for hazards associated with the fire, so plan your trip accordingly, and call the Alpine Ranger District for the latest information.

Please keep in mind that the area may be affected by the wildfire for many years to come, and continue to be prone to hazards such as falling trees, flooding and burned out stump holes. The environment you will be entering is highly susceptible to rainstorms and wind events. Any time you enter the forest, you should be aware of your environment and changing weather conditions.

You are responsible for your own safety! Always look up, look down, and look all around.

At times appearing to be more of a “suggested route” rather than a developed trail in character, the Blue River Trail # 101 follows the river north to south (or vice-versa) You will be able to find your way because the trial stays within the river corridor, but be prepared for frequent river crossings. The Blue River Trail # 101 also junctions with the lower ending points of a number of other primitive area trails beginning up on US 191, so may be accessed by taking these from their respective trailheads down to the Blue River.

Although the northern trailhead and portion of the trail is located on the Alpine Ranger District, the southern trailhead at XXX Ranch, southern portion of the trail, and Hannah Hot Springs are located on the Clifton Ranger District.

Please practice Leave No Trace camping techniques, and treat all water before drinking.

Trail Log (In Miles):

From the north:

·  0.0  Trailhead at end of Blue River Road # 281

·  2.0 Junction with Raspberry Trail # 35 to the west

·   3.7 Junction with Strayhorse Trail # 20 to the west

·   6.3 Junction with Cow Flat/Bear Valley Trail # 55 to the east

·   9.6 Junction with Alma Mesa Trail # 14

·  13.6 Junction with Overland Trail # 310

·  17.2 Terminus at XXX Ranch Trailhead

At a Glance

Usage: Light
Best Season: April to October
Restrictions: No mechanized vehicles (including mountain bikes) are permitted in the Primitive Area.
Information Center: Alpine Ranger District
(928) 339-5000

General Information


From the northern trailhead: Take U.S. 180 east from Alpine, AZ for 3 miles. Turn right (south) at FR 281 (County Road 67004) and continue south for 32 miles to the Blue River Trailhead.

From the southern trailhead: Take U.S. 191 north from Morenci to milepost 188.8, and turn right onto F.R. 475 (Juan Miller Road).  Follow F.R. 475 approximately 15 miles to the junction with F.R. 475C (XXX Ranch Road).  Turn left onto F.R. 475C and follow to the end of the road at XXX Ranch.

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