Sheeps Bridge

Area Status: Open

Sheeps Bridge


On the banks high above the river stands a replica of the Verde River Sheep Bridge. The Flagstaff Sheep Company and the Howard Sheep Company constructed the original bridge to minimize the loss of sheep when crossing the river. The bridge was started in 1943 and finished in 1944 at a cost of $7,277. The material used came from an Arizona mine and from a railroad line. On November 21, 1978, Sheep Bridge was entered into the National Register of Historic places. Sheep Bridge is the gateway to the west side of the Mazatzal Wilderness.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Year Round
Open Season: Year round
Restrictions: Stay limit 14 days, motor boats and trailers prohibited. Caution: Water levels fluctuate seasonally and the river can run with great velocity. Do not cross flooded roadways. Pack it in pack it out. No toilet. Practice minimum impact by bringing a portable potty and disposing of the wastes properly.  Road to Sheeps Bridge is rocky and technical, 4X4 and off-roading experience advised.
Closest Towns: Cave Creek & Carefree
Water: Not Available
Restroom: Not Available
Passes: No Passes Required / Fee Free Area
Information Center: Cave Creek Ranger District (480)-595-3300

General Information


This site is 45 miles north of Carefree. From Carefree, take Cave Creek Road/Forest Road (FR) 24 for approximately 33 miles to the Bloody Basin-Tangle Creek area. At this junction of FR 24 and FR 269, turn right. Follow FR 269 for approximately 12 miles to the Sheep Bridge at the Verde River. Both FR 24 and FR 269 are narrow, unpaved roads with blind curves. A portion of FR 24 is maintained, but FR 269 is rarely maintained. A high-clearance vehicle is required. When muddy or rainy, four-wheel drive is often required, as well.

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Dispersed Camping

No facilities

River and Stream Fishing

River Access Point (Upper Verde R.)

Fish Species: Large and Smallmouth Bass; Crappie; Sunfish; Channel and Flathead Catfish


Boating - Non-Motorized

River Access Point (Upper Verde R)


Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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2,100 feet