Explore the site of an old salt mine near Camp
Verde, re-create history by following part of General Crook’s military
supply route, or book a stay at Sycamore Cabin, which once served as
the ranger station for the old Bloody Basin Ranger District. ATV
enthusiasts can enjoy year-round off-road riding at Hayfield Draw.
For relief from summer’s heat, follow the winding
highway up to Mingus Mountain and camp in the pines at Potato Patch
Campground or Mingus Recreation Area; groups of 20 to 100 can reserve
Playground Group Campground. Many of the District’s hiking trails are
located on Mingus, but it’s also a great place to relax and enjoy
panoramic views of the Verde Valley. A bit lower on the mountain, near
the cluster of homes known as Cherry, Powell Springs Campground stays
open all year.
To escape from the crowds, try a backpacking trip
into Pine Mountain or Cedar Bench wildernesses, on the southeastern
edge of the District. Bring your own water and be prepared for an
abundance of wildlife such as bears, mountain lions, and javelina. For
more information, please contact the Verde Ranger District.