Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Valentine Ridge


Situated near Canyon Creek, known for its rainbow trout fishing. A 9-mile all-terrain bicycle loop trail starts at the campground. Wildlife includes: Abert squirrel, black bear, mountain lion, elk, turkey and deer. Arizona Game & Fish Department Canyon Creek Fish Hatchery is nearby. Public is welcome.

At a Glance

Restrictions: Stay limit 14 days, trailers under 16'. Both FR 512 and FR 188 are unpaved roads suitable for passenger vehicles. Four-wheel-drive and/or chains may be advisable after heavy snows. Bear-proof your camp -- especially food. 4-trout limit. In the winter, temperatures dip into the teens. Pack It In, Pack It Out
Closest Towns: Star Valley, AZ; Payson, AZ; Heber, AZ
Water: No water available
Restroom: No restrooms available
Passes: No Fees or Passes required
Information Center: Payson Ranger District (928) 474-7900

General Information


Access #1 (40 miles east of Payson) From Payson, travel 33 miles east on paved State Hwy. 260. Turn right on unpaved Young Road/Forest Road (FR) 512, and continue for approximately 5 miles to unpaved FR 188. Turn left on FR 188 and travel 2 miles to the site.

Access #2 (22 miles north of Young) From Young, take State Hwy. 288/Forest Road (FR)512/Young Road, north for 20 miles to FR 188; turn right onto FR 188 and follow it for 2 miles to the site. View and download a map.

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6,600 feet