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Banning Creek Trail #81


Banning Creek Trail #81 is a well-shaded trail near White Spar Campground that meanders through majestic ponderosa pine forest. Nearby Goldwater Lake, along with a network of seasonal creeks, provide habitat for a stunning array of songbirds, making it a popular spot for birdwatching. This trail can be paired with a number of others to create loops of varying lengths.

This trail is open to hikers, bicyclists, and horseback riders.  Please be considerate of other users—slow down and know when to yield the trail.


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At a Glance

Fees No
Open Season: Spring
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: Approximately 10 minutes from Prescott, AZ
Water: Not available. Surface water should be treated.

General Information


Travel north on White Spar Road 1.8 miles past its junction with Copper Basin Road. Turn left at the sign for White Spar Campground. Park in the lot to the right. Walk around the gate and travel 0.5 miles on Schoolhouse Gulch Trail #67 to TR 81, on the left. The road is paved.

General Notes:



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Mountain Biking

  • An easy, well-shaded trail in the area of White Spar Campground that can be combined with several others to create loops of varying lengths.
Difficulty Level: Easy


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Horse Riding & Camping

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Areas & Activities


  Area/Length : 
1.4 miles

  Elevation : 
5,884 feet


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