Badger Springs offers a short trail for non-motorized users within the Agua Fria National Monument. The trail leads down the Badger Springs Wash to the Agua Fria River canyon, an area rich in archaeological resources. The confluence of Badger Springs and the Agua Fria is the location of a fantastic panel of petroglyphs. At the confluence, hikers can travel either upstream or downstream to explore this high desert canyon. Most years the river flows through early summer. Mule deer, white-tail deer, javelina and coyotes roam the area.
Agua Fria National Monument is located in central Arizona, north of Phoenix.
Off Interstate 17, take exit #256, the Badger Springs exit. Follow the rough, sometimes muddy gravel road for approximately one mile east to the trailhead parking area.
Hiking, horseback riding, wildlife viewing, cultural history.
Permits, Fees, Limitations
The area is closed to motorized use. Restrooms are available on site for visitors.
A high clearance vehicle is needed to access the trailhead. The trail is not wheel chair accessible.
Camping and Lodging
The nearby communities of Black Canyon City, Bumble Bee, Mayer and Cordes Junction have lodging available.
Food and Supplies
Gasoline and supplies are available in Black Canyon City and Cordes Junction. Water is not available at the site.
Nearest medical facility is John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital in north Phoenix (623-879-5351; 19829 N. 27th Ave.)
The trail is sandy for many segments with uneven surfaces. Wet feet are common during the winter, spring, and after rain events. Beware of summer monsoons which may produce flash flooding in the area. If you are caught in a monsoon event, get to higher ground immediately.
Please help preserve our heritage. Treat cultural sites with respect. Do not touch petroglyphs or remove artifacts. Report crimes to resources including vandalism, dumping and suspicious activity at 1-800-637-9152.
Agua Fria National Monument
Amanda James, Monument Manager
21605 N. 7th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85027-2929