Bruce Brockett Trail
A half-mile trail from the recently constructed Bruce Brockett trailhead accesses the Bell Trail which goes up Wet Beaver Creek and provides access to the Wet Beaver Creek Wilderness. Once on the Bell Trail, one has access to the Apache Maid and White Mesa Trails. All of these trails are good equestrian trails and allow long loop rides taking one day or more. The Bell Trail offers views of Beaver Creek. At the 3.5 mile point the Bell Trail crosses Beaver Creek and climbs up the ridge between Long Canyon and Beaver Creek and at the 5 mile point tops the rim. This trail as well as the Apache Maid Trail has a 1,600 foot vertical climb to the rim. At the top, the trail is harder to find but with a good map (using the Casner Mountain and Apache Maid Topos available at the Red Rock District office) and following trail markers you can do the Bell/Apache Maid Loop (approximately 28 miles) or the Bell/Long Canyon Trail Loop (approximately 18 miles). These routes include several unimproved roads so make sure you get more information and good maps at the Ranger Station before attempting these.
Camping is open to equestrians at the Bruce Brockett Trailhead. Campers must be in self-contained units. Tent camping and campfires are prohibited. Parking area can accommodate up to 10 horse trailers.
Location: For access to these trails, take I-17 to Hwy 179 junction (Sedona Highway). At this junction, take FR 618 east (away from Sedona) 2 miles. At the top of the hill just before the Ranger Station, go to the left or north and park by the lagoons. This turn is marked by a sign indicating horse trailer parking. There is adequate room for up to 12 large trailers there. There are toilets and camping at the trailhead is allowed. To reach the Bell Trail, follow the signs to go thru the gates to the east of the lagoon road or ride the short distance over a small mountain saddle down onto the Bell Trail.
At a Glance
|Red Rock District - 928-203-2900
GPS (Map): 34°40'45.4"N 111°43'03.7"W
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